Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying A Folding Table

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying A Folding Table

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying A Folding Table

tablecollage.JPGWhen purchasing a folding table, you may think that all you need is a basic structure with a flat surface, four legs, and the ability to fold flat. In some cases, you may be right, right?

I think about tables and chairs a lot. Every day I  talk with our Lifetime Tables and Chairs team about corner impact, leg locking mechanisms, channeling, leg deployment, and lots of other details that will make you stop reading this. All this knowledge has made me a firm believer that a very durable table with safety and convenience features will pay off in the long run.

Do you remember the "old" folding tables? Let me jog your memory-- they were wooden, heavy, and clumsy. I remember carrying heavy tables made of wood or metal, with sharp metal edges below the table top that cut my fingers. If you were alive in the 1990's and earlier –and I assume you were- you likely remember this, too.

In 1995, that all changed when Lifetime invented and patented the first table with a blow-molded table top. Quite a nice invention that has been widely accepted as the modern folding table. Today’s tables are nothing like the tables of yesterday. But, because there have been so many innovations in folding tables, knowing which one to buy can be a bit daunting.  So, to help ensure you pick the folding table best suited to meet your needs, ask yourself these quick questions before shopping: 

  • Are you planning to use your table inside, outside, or both?  If outside, be sure to look for a weather-resistant table.
  • How do you plan to use your table?  If you plan to use it for purposes that involve standing or young children, consider an adjustable height table to make your table more versatile.
  • What shape of table will work best?  Today's folding tables are available in rectangular, round, and square.  And, depending on the shape of the table, the leg styles will varying to accommodate chairs in different arrangements.
  • Do you plan to transport your table often?  If so, consider portability features including weight of the table, handles, and even fold-in-half designs.
  • How much weight do you plan to put on your table?  If you're purchasing a folding table for use in a commercial location like a construction site or to hold extremely heavy items like fish tanks, appliances etc., be sure to review the weight rating of the table.

Taking a few minutes to contemplate these questions will help you more easily pick your perfect folding table.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing even more details with you about each of these questions to really help you understand what your options are and what to look for when pondering these questions about folding tables. 

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William

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Name-  William

Position at Lifetime Products- Tables and Chairs Marketing Manager

How long at Lifetime- A small portion of my lifetime has been at Lifetime.

My favorite products from Lifetime- The Commercial Grade 6ft Fold-in-Half Table, and the Contemporary Folding Chair.  I also think the Fold-up Trailer is pretty spiffy – but until I get a vehicle with a hitch, this will not be a likely purchase.

 

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