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How to Use a Classic Outdoor Table Inside the Home

How to Use a Classic Outdoor Table Inside the Home

The German biergarten table is more versatile than you think: it functions as a desk, a craft table, and as a dining table for narrow apartment spaces. Here are four smart ways to use an outdoor table indoors (plus sourcing ideas).

Above: An antique biergarten table in the Brooklyn apartment of director/photography Poppy de Villeneuve. Photograph by Sam Horine for Refinery29. For a different look, consider painting the table, as seen here.

Above: A German beer table is used in an indoor/outdoor living space from Shareen Joel Design. For more ideas on using one (or several) for a dinner party, visit Outdoors: German Beer Garden Table.

Above: London shop owner Amanda Cox uses a painted beer garden table as a desk; to see more of Amanda’s home, visit Secrets of an Urban Sleuth, London Edition.

Where can you buy a biergarten table? One option is the authentic Biergarten Folding Wood Table and Bench Set from Oktobefest Haus; $549. Ebay is also an excellent source.

For more ideas on decorating small spaces, visit Remodelista‘s Room Gallery.

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1:50AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Does anyone not know how to use a table?

7:54PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

I love these tables :-)

5:27PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Have you heard of easyChanger - new easy to use spindle?

3:02PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Too funny. I used to have a redwood table and benches like that. Not authentic Bavarian, of course, but the set only cost $35. Then, of course, they're really easy to make and in that case you can really challenge everybody to prove they're not authentic.

11:43AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thanks for the unique Idea.

9:21AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

The new ones look just like the folding table you can buy at kmart/wallmart for $49
The Antique one looks nice.
The first big one makes the room look like a cafeteria or prison.

7:08AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

nice, thank you

11:08AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

The antique table is absolutely beautiful

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