What We Like
Easy to assemble
Comfortable for dining and relaxing
Easy to clean
What We Don't Like
Made of acacia wood, not teak
No comfortable seating at ends
Picnic-style table and bench sets have become increasingly popular over the last few years, both for indoor and outdoor use. While you can find budget and high-end options, it’s hard to find a patio set that strikes a balance between quality and cost. That is until we ran across Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse’s Petronella 3-Piece Teak Dining Set. To see if the midrange table and bench set could hold up to the elements and look cute doing so, we put it to test on our patio. Read on to see how it performed.
Assembly: Easy once it’s unwrapped
Before you can assemble the Petronella set, you have to unwrap it from a seemingly endless bind of plastic and other packaging materials. We spent 30 minutes trying to cut away plastic wrap without damaging the table, and filled three garbage bags with non-recyclable waste in the process.
Luckily, once we cleared everything away, we weren’t left with much to do. The legs of the table and benches are attached by hinges and just need to be unfolded and bolted into place with the help of a support rod. The set comes with a wrench that’s more than efficient, so it took us about 15 minutes to screw all of the bolts and washers in and complete assembly.
Note that the dining set will be delivered to your door in a 150-pound package, so you’ll want two people on hand to move it and sort out the pieces. Each bench weighs 33 pounds and measures 63 inches in length, so they’re heavy but can easily be arranged by one adult. The table is 82 pounds, 71 inches long, and 18 inches high, so you’ll need both people to position it.
Design: Adorable and sturdy
There’s something very sweet and quaint about the Petronella dining set. Though its warm stain lends it a country feel, the foundational trestle design is decidedly industrial. The wood paneling on the surface of the table and benches is classic farmhouse style, with alternating shades of stain creating a subtle reclaimed wood-like pattern. The base of the table and benches is made from heavy iron, which gives the piece a level of stability not usually associated with farmhouse furniture. The combination of rust-resistant coating on the iron base and water-resistant teak oil finish on the hardwood gives the table a feel that’s almost too nice for outdoor use, even though it can clearly handle it.
The table claims to seat six adults comfortably, and we found that to be true.
It’s hard to grasp the size of this dining set from product photos; we were surprised by how large it was in person. The table claims to seat six adults comfortably, and we found that to be true. It’s possible to add extra chairs (not included) to the ends of the table for additional seating, but due to the position of the crossed iron legs, it’s a bit uncomfortable to sit that way. While the table is large enough to fit a big group, it’s so proportionate that it doesn’t seem oversized and can easily be set for two or four while retaining an intimate feel.
Durability: Made to last
Though the way this dining set is marketed makes it sound like it’s made of teak—an expensive, durable, and high-end hardwood—it’s actually made of acacia wood that’s finished with teak oil. While we were disappointed to find that specification in the fine print, we were very impressed with the quality of the table that arrived. The acacia panels have been sanded down, covered in water-resistant finishing, and polished with high-quality teak oil, giving it a surface as smooth as glass. Though teak would surely last longer, we’ve had this table set outside all summer and it’s not showing any signs of wear or tear.
There are support bars between the legs of the benches and the table, which gives them an unshakable sturdiness that bolts alone wouldn’t be able to accomplish. We’ve moved the table from inside to outside, entertained large dinner parties with it, used it as a temporary craft table for kids, as a laptop work surface, and used the benches as independent outdoor seating, and nothing has compromised the integrity of the set.
We’ve had this table set outside all summer and it’s not showing any signs of wear or tear.
Price: On the higher end of the mid-range, but worth it
With tons of patio dining sets on the market—and many at a similar price point—this $600 dining set doesn’t stand out as an immediate bargain. But when you compare the quality of the wood and the sturdiness of the trestle base, you’ll realize that it’s well worth the price, especially if you find yourself bringing this table inside for year-round use.
Competition: Hard to find equal quality with a mid-range price
If you search around for a patio dining set in the $300 to $600 range you’ll find plenty of options—including ones that look just like the Petronella set. The second you drill into reviews and specs, though, you’ll find few achieve the same quality. The Petronella set has a completely smooth, teak-oiled surface, which means it’s comfortable to sit at for a long period of time. One comparable model is the Catriona 3-Piece Acacia Wood Picnic Table from Christopher Knight Home. The set retails for roughly $450, so it’ll save you a few bucks, but with spaces between the tabletop’s wood panels, it won’t be as comfortable to rest your arms on. Additionally, grooves in the table’s surface make cleaning more complicated, whereas the Petronella set’s polished surface means you can quickly wipe away dirt or dust.
- Product Name Petronella 3-Piece Teak Dining Set
- Product Brand Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse
- SKU LFMF3219
- Price $589.99
- Weight 148 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 29.5 x 34.5 x 71 in.
- Bench Dimensions 18 x 63 x 14.5 in
- Suggested Patio Space 8.5 x 10.5 ft
- What’s Included: Table and two benches