Chess has been a game that we’ve been playing for centuries, the first game was thought to have originated in India from the 6th century A.D. Continuing the tradition, of such a historic game, we’ve deiced to outlay our favourite Outdoor chess tables.
Now these include the likes of the comically giant pieces you see in period dramas in old English gardens, to the stylish Italian outdoor chess tables that are built to be left outdoors.
We’ve also thrown in some “wildcards” that we know you’ll be interested in taking a look at.
Top 5 Outdoor Chess Tables
Easily our favourite one on our list and we’re sure it’ll be yours too.
Where to start? Ok so the price is very reasonable, making it the cheapest table to buy. The actual material it self makes it perfect for your garden.
The biggest problem with outdoor “wooden tables” is the fact they can weather – so there’s typically a lot of treatment involved.
You don’t have that issue with this outdoor chess table, the legs are fabricated from metal and the top is made of real mosaic tiles.
When it arrives, you can feel the weight of it and know that you’ve got your hands on a great deal. There’s something about heavy objects and a great price that makes things feel like a “steal”.
Dimensions of the table:
Height: 70 cm
Board size : 32 cm x 32 cm
The Grandmasters box is designed to look, old, used and high value. With intentional scratches and a faded coat of paint.
Each corner carries a rustic brass fitting to seal the box together, with the squares of the actual chess board being cut individually and placed together. This is a technique called intarsia.
The top part of the board is made out of cherry wood, with solid wooden legs. Again on closer inspection you will notice missing pieces of paint or a “weathered look”. It’s finished with a french polish to preserve it’s unique appearance.
You’ll notice that a draw is featured on this table, which is perfect for storing draughts and chess pieces, along with a timer.
When owning this outdoor chess table, you will have to take extra special care in wood treatments, to prevent warping. It would be better to keep this inside and bring out when needed or use a plastic covering for when it’s not in use.
Dimensions of Table:
Height: 66 cm
Width: 45 cm
Probably the coolest one out the lot, with an incredible story behind it and a rich history.
This solid oak table is a decommissioned scotch whisky barrel. Used to make some of the finest drinks for many, many years.
Now it’s been transformed into a unique drinks cabinet with a chess table on top.
The chess table itself is a vinyl sketch, that has been transferred onto the barell and then varnished, as has the rest of the oak.
Being very unique and granting you a lot of storage space, for the likes of your chess/draughts pieces and of course any whisky/wine you may have lying around your home.
When buying this for the intention of using this as a chess table, please bear in mind the size of this barrel. You will likely need a stool to reach the top of the chess board and sit comfortably.
Height: 88 cm
Width: 66 cm
What struck us with this chess table is the ability to take this wherever you want.
You know those old films, of people playing chess in the likes of Central Park New York. Always in the cold, with a hat and some finger less gloves. It’s pretty cool, and you could recreate that with this table.
Here in the UK we’ll all agree that the weather is atrocious. And it’s likely you won’t be able to use your outdoor chess table all year around (if it’s bound outside).
So this chess table makes the perfect blend of outdoor and indoor chess use.
The table itself is made out of a cherry wood, with a hidden draw underneath, to keep your pieces safe.
The size of the table is:
Height : 31 cm
Width: 31 cm
It’s likely you’ve seen this in a film before, or at a large English garden party. They’re a lot of fun.
The one thing that chess misses, is the actual physical aspect of “imitating the pieces” and being drawn into the game.
This naturally takes care of that, as you actually have to walk onto the board and physically move the pieces (and sometimes launch them off the board after a successful move).
The only thing we disliked about the mat was the fact it was plastic and made it look cheap. But here’s the thing, we were surprised to find out how poorly made garden chess boards actually are.
A lot of them require hours of assembly, the board’s snap with your weight and pieces of the boards un clip or move. You don’t have that problem with this chess board.
By having a mat, it’s easy to set up, easy to clean and easy to put away and we really liked that convenience. If you’re interested in this mat we’d also suggest you look into these gigantic pieces to accompany it.
The size of this mat is a large 3 M x 3 M being one of the largest on the market you can buy.