What, exactly is a chat group? How is it different from a seating group? The term “seating group” and “dining group” have historically been used to distinguish between two types of outdoor furniture arrangements each of which serve different functions: conversational seating and dining. So, where does the chat group fit in?
A chat group would certainly be included in the broader term seating group, but focuses a little more on the type of furniture contained within the group. A chat group differs from the seating group as having four or more chairs placed around a central table or fire pit in contrast to a group which includes the more traditional sofa, love seat, chairs, and occasional tables.
A group of chairs surrounding a central feature (a table or fire source, for instance) places everyone in a cozy arrangement, equidistant from food, fire and each other. Encouraging conversation, the chat group, with a coffee or taller conversation table, is more casual than a dining set but still can be used for snacking and light meals.
With a fire pit, the chat group exists for people to have fun, enjoy camaraderie, and let their hair down.
The chat group is all about people, conversing, and sharing stories. If you already have a more traditional seating group, try to find a spot where you can create a chat group for less formal, and more intimate, gatherings. You may find that this new group becomes your favorite outdoor spot.