How to Build a Bistro Table


Whether your style is casual or vintage, classic or contemporary, finding the right bistro table for your space may take time. So many choices, and always little time. Bistro tables are designed for indoor and outdoor use, and are made with cast aluminum, all-weather wickers, or from a wide array of different types of woods. Commercial sets are also available, and they too can provide appeal for every personal or business style. Bistro tables are easy to build, and most kits contain the same basic components.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 Screws 1 mounting plate 1 threaded rod 1 column 1 base 1 nut 1 washer 1 lock washer Bright colored blanket
  • Inspect all pieces and materials before throwing away cartons or packing materials from your Bistro Table kit. Compare the list of materials to the actual materials that are in the box. Count everything. Each material should be labeled. If something is not labeled, the kit should include a diagram where each material is identified.

  • Select an area where you can spread out your materials and keep all pieces away from small children and/or animals. Make sure your area is clean. Place all pieces and materials on top of a bright, solid-colored blanket or throw. This way, your pieces and materials will be easy to find.

  • Insert the threaded rod into the mounting plate and carefully place the column over the threaded rod. Pay close attention to details and make sure you center the column correctly and straight onto the mounting plate.

  • Tighten the nut, washer and lock washer together. For fastest and safest results lift the washer slightly and turn it clockwise. This tiny step will guarantee that the nut, washer and lock washer are securely fastened together, preventing a wobbly table that could be a safety hazard.

  • Place the base onto the column with the threaded rod through the base. Attach all the pieces together using the nut, washer and lock washer. Again, lift the washer slightly and turn it clockwise for a secure lock in place.

  • Lay the top facing down onto your clean, flat surface. Center the base on top and attach the base using the screws in the eight predrilled places. As you attach the top, make sure that all of the table's legs are parallel with the edge of the top so that it is level.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have never built a bistro table before, purchase an easy, basic model like the one described here. Then later you can add on accessories if you wish.
  • Make sure all screws are tight to prevent a collapse.

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