ISSUE 29  |  Urban Escape

5 Quick Fixes: The Versatile Biergarten Table

July 24, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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The classic German beer garden table is more versatile than you might think: It can function as a desk, craft table, and dining table, and is especially ideal for narrow apartment spaces. Here are five smart ways these outdoor tables have been put to use indoors.

Where can you buy a biergarten table? Oktobefest Haus offers an authentic Biergarten Folding Wood Table and Bench Set for $479.99.

Above: A classic biergarten table in the dining room of a Scandinavian-inspired UK home. Photograph by Simon Eldon for Heart Home Magazine, spotted on Desire to Inspire.

Above: An antique biergarten table is the gathering place in the Brooklyn apartment of director and photographer Poppy de Villeneuve. Photograph by Sam Horine for Refinery 29.

Above: A German beer table is used in an indoor/outdoor living space by Melbourne designer Shareen Joel of Shareen Joel Design and Share Design.

Above: London shop owner Amanda Cox uses a painted biergarten table as a desk; see more at Secrets of an Urban Sleuth, London Edition.

Above: Justine Glanfield, a designer at children’s clothing company Cotton and Milk, uses a biergarten table in her arts and crafts area. Photograph via Milk Magazine. Looking for an excuse to set up an at-home art studio for yourself and your children? See our wellness guru Jackie Ashton’s 10 Reasons to Craft with Kids.

For more indoor-outdoor designs, see Steal This Look: Biergarten Table Setting and our recent 10 Easy Pieces roundups: Folding Dining Tables and Folding Chairs.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 15, 2012, as part of our Oktoberfest issue.