My inspiration for this blog came from a design show I was watching on HGTV a few weeks ago – Summer Showdown.  Two expert HGTV designers took the same exact family room and competed to make it the most functional and attractive for the family.  Vern Yip was one of the designers.  I love Vern’s design style….very simple, comfy, and cozy.  And, he’s not over-the-top with whacky, impractical ideas like a lot of the designers. Anyway, the family kept a huge dog kennel in their family room.  Vern very cleverly put a table over the kennel and used it as an end table beside the couch.  He then used fabric to make a fitted cover for the table to hide the kennel and make the end table attractive.  (Here’s the link to the episode.  Click to the second picture showing Vern’s winning design and ... More

After writing my last post about my first encounter with a  Lifetime Basketball System, I started thinking about how many other people probably had a similar experience as mine. In fact, on my drive home from work last week, I decided to count how many basketball systems there were, and how many of them were from Lifetime. In my short 10 miles from work to home, I counted 60 basketball hoops along my path, and out of those, close to 80% of them were made by Lifetime! So I’m guessing that many have had an experience similar to mine. If you do, I’d love to hear about it! In fact, while looking for the Jordan vs. Bird commercial a couple of weeks ago, I ran across video of some guys creating some pretty cool memories of their own on a Lifetime System. Check them out here:  Backyard Basketball More

Well, just when we think we have something figured out, plans always change.  When we bought our house, we paid a little extra for our lot because of the abundance of trees.  We were thrilled to find such a beautiful lot because the trees give us complete privacy from our neighbors, provide a gorgeous view from our family room and kitchen windows, and make for a unique play area for the kids.  Unfortunately, over this past weekend, one of the tallest trees in our yard just up and died.  No clue why.  We happened to be playing with the kids in the back yard and noticed all the leaves on the Mountain Laurel tree are completely brown…which they aren’t supposed to be even though it’s autumn.  Obviously, we are sad to loose such a big tree and we are hoping it’s not a disease that may spread... More

For the past several years our company has participated in the Annual Outdoor Retailer Show at the Salt Palace in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  You’ll find the show filled with aisle after aisle of camping gear, climbing gear, custom water craft, outdoor apparel and the like.  This year at our booth you would have also found our sweet Fold-Up Utility Trailer and our convertible Yard Cart.But anyone who’s been to a trade show knows that besides touting your own wares, half of the reason you’re there is to see what everyone else is doing.  So while meandering through the multitude of retailers just trying to keep up on relevant trends, I happened across some of our tables.  A configuration of several card tables made for a very practical and common use of our product – a convenient meeting area to discuss ... More

Do you like to go camping or RVing? Don’t we all? There’s one thing I’ve noticed, there never seems to be enough room to put pots and pans, board games, work areas, or just places to sit down and have a nice meal. The problem is space. RV’s don’t have a lot of room for “extra stuff” and regular folding tables can take up quite a bit of room. JEBar, a senior member over at MyRVtalk.com,  recommends Lifetime’s fold-in-half tables to solve this problem. They open up to a good working size but fold to a nice, compact size. JEBar says: features we like .... adjustable height .... easy to clean .... folds to a really nice size so as to fit into the basement of our camper (open size 2' X 4' -- folded size 2' square about 4" thick) ..... seems to be very stable .... one concern, will I have to put some sor... More

Lifetime’s folding tables and chairs have long been a staple of churches, schools, governments, airports, and non-profit organizations. Lifetime looked closer at these institutions and noticed some of them making larger orders, most need some way to store and transport tables and chairs when not in use, and many need custom bids and personalized service. In an effort to better serve these institutional customers, Lifetime has created the new Instutional Sales department. If you fall into one of these categories, get in touch with our specalist Michael Mower and see how Lifetime can help you! More

Ok, for those of you following my blogs, we haven’t forgot about our shed project.  It just kind of got put on the back burner with summer vacations, back-to-school etc.  But, we’re ready to start tackling it again.  Like I mentioned before, unfortunately, we really only have one ideal place for a shed in our backyard since we have a sloped yard and lots of trees.  It will be in the back corner with fence on two sides and trees on the other.  If you take a look at the pictures, you can see where we plan to put it and why it’s going to be slightly challenging. We did some measuring the other day.  The space we have to work with is really only about 6’ wide before we’d have to start removing trees, which we don’t want to do.  A 5’x8’ shed would fit perfectly!  Of course, things are ... More

Ahoy There, Me Hearties!  If you like to navigate shrewdly, fight recklessly and pillage mercilessly.  I have the perfect board game for you.  One of the many uses we get out of our Lifetime Card Table and our Lifetime Folding Chairs is using them for a convenient gaming table.  The card table is handy for board games where access to the board is necessary.  It’s small enough that you do not have to stretch across the table to draw a card or move a token.  This also allows us to use the dining table for the dining portion of the evening and the game can be already set-up ready to go instead of waiting to clear and clean the dining table.  The dining table can also be reserved to host a large array of desserts and treats.  One of our favorite board games is called “Pirates Cove”.  ... More

Bet you didn’t know it’s National Play-doh Day today, did you?  Not exactly sure why I know, I guess I just stumbled across it online somehow.  I’m also not sure what you’re supposed to do on National Play-doh Day and who even recognizes or sponsors it.  But, in honor of National Play-doh Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post of picture of my son playing with…yep, you guessed it…Play-doh!  :)   Kids love Play-doh. Parents love the idea of fun, quiet, creative play…but, deep down, most of us hate the mess it makes and detest the fact that the stuff dries out after just a few months no matter how tightly you put on the lid!  A lot of my friends only let their kids use Play-doh outside so they don’t have to worry about cleaning up those gazallion little rice-sized pieces that ge... More

We’ve been seeing a few comments posted here from customers trying to reach our Customer Care team. While we’re glad to try and address your questions here, most of the time we pass your questions directly on to our Customer Care team who is happy to help you get the information or help you need regarding your product. We always invite your comments and don’t want to discourage anyone from writing in (after all, that’s what this blog is all about), we do want to make sure that when you have questions they get answered as quickly as possible. That said, when you want to talk to a product or lifestyle expert, this is the place to post those questions, comments, suggestions, examples, etc. When you have questions regarding assembly, warranty, replacement parts, etc.  you’ll want to contact Customer Care. First, ch... More

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Win a Picnic Table for Your July 4th BBQ!
Last month for our monthly giveaway, we let you tell us which table you wanted to win most. Since the majority of entrants wanted to win a Lifetime picnic table, we figured we'd give you yet another chance to win our most popular requested table. In our last blog post, Shalane told you about our new Lifetime6' FoldingPicnic Table with Umbrella Hole. Guess what? Light the grill and set the fireworks because this month one lucky person will win one of those new Lifetime Heavy-Duty 6' Picnic Tables just in time to use for a big July 4th BBQ! How to enter:Send an e-mail to PR@lifetime.com with the subject line "June contest". In the email:1.Tell us if you currently have a picnic table or patio table.2.If you do currently have a picnic table or patio table, please briefly tell us what you like or don't like about it.3.Include...
My backstage experience..
As Katie mentioned in the last post, our semi-annual company meeting was a success! By the way, I want to put this disclaimer out there: I was asked to write a blog post on my experience at the Semi-Annual meeting, so I did not volunteer to write this post. So here it goes: Im sitting backstage feeling a little anxious for the big event. Its Profit Sharing! It happens twice a year and Katie and I have worked hard getting presentations, videos, and everything else organized for the meeting. As I watch Katie finalize a few things on the final presentation, my adrenaline starts going. The backstage men in black, as I call them, give us the queue. Time to begin! The opening video rolls, then Richard (our President) runs out and begins his presentation. He then announces the founders wife, Kathy, will present the Humanitarian of...
Lifetime's Website Gets a Makeover!
If you guys are anything like me, I love change. I love makeovers, updates, and fresh ideas. And that's what we love at Lifetime too. Constant improvement and innovation. Which is why we created a new website! Lots of time, sweat, blood, and tears went into making this site what it is, and we're so proud of it. With easier-to-view pages, a crisp look, and more information ... you can find anything you need or want from Lifetime! Take a look at our new product gallery where you can find new products, features, and see everything from Tables and Chairs to Kayaks. Or, learn how to paddle, find answers to your product questions, and learn a little more about who we are. Check it out at the newlifetime.com!