One of life’s little pleasures is sitting with the family around a firepit, hanging out, maybe talking about life or just cooking s’mores. We sit as the sun goes down and the lingering fire remains the only light, until at last we go to bed, our clothes smelling like campfire but our minds happy.
It’s easy to overlook how important quality outdoor furniture can be to a good firepit experience. When we camp we use folding chairs, but at home we use stackable plastic chairs, which are decently comfortable as well as easy to clean. However, our stacking chairs–unlike our folding chairs–lack cupholders, so keeping drinks on hand is a balancing act, and that doesn’t even include things like plates and other accessories.
Our favorite solution to that problem is a simple resin side table. They’re small, but large enough to hold a few things. They’re also simple, but easy to clean. In short, they’re a nifty utility when we need just a little bit of space to set things down.
Gardenline Resin Stacking Side Tables (Product Code: 700211) are an Aldi Find, which means they’re only in stores for a limited time. We paid $6.99, which is the same or cheaper than what we’ve paid for these at the local hardware store. They come in either stone or chili pepper colors, and the label says that they are made in Italy.
What you’re getting is a pretty simple product. It’s a resin table, a single piece that is firm but also slightly flexible. It measures 17 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 15 inches tall, and it has a weight limit of 25 pounds.
A few things struck me about this table. One, it’s level, something I don’t always get with these kinds of tables. Two, the surface is textured, so things don’t slide around as easily. Three, it doesn’t wobble much, another thing I don’t always get with these kinds of tables.
In short, it’s a really good table.
We weren’t able to try stacking them because we could only find one in our local store. However, given how it looks, I assume they’ll stack together fine.
Resin stacking side tables may not be the biggest priority on your outdoor shopping list, but they’re definitely useful. Aldi sells a good one, with a solid build, level surface, and textured top. The price tag is good, too.