Is Your Folding Table Safe?

Is Your Folding Table Safe?

Is Your Folding Table Safe?

gravity_table_lock.jpgAs consumers, we have become accustomed to looking for safety features when making important purchase decisions, especially when it comes to products like vehicles, power tools, and baby items.  But, did you know you should also look for safety features when buying a folding table, too?  

In my past few blog posts, I've been diving into various topics that help you make more educated folding table purchases.  Unfortunately, probably the most overlooked features consumers consider when buying a folding table are safety features. The last thing you need is for your table to collapse while you are using it!

So, what should you look for to ensure you are purchasing a safe table?  A secure locking mechanism for the table legs.  Now, the tricky part is that locking mechanisms will vary depending on the leg style. For rectangular banquet tables with pedestal style legs, we recommend a "gravity" locking ring-- a ring that slides down the table leg frame (with natural gravity-- so you don't have to slide it and risk pinching your finger) and locks the legs in place like the one in this picture. This is just an extra precaution to prevent the table legs from unintentionally folding when bumped even if you, or your neighbor, fails to fully deploy the legs.   If you are purchasing a card table with four separate legs, we recommend locking angle braces with good resistance and a steel gauge much thicker than your average card table.

If the table folds in half, be sure to also look for a mechanism that locks the tabletop when it is assembled.  This will keep the table flat while you are working on it, so it won't begin to fold in the center when bumped or lifted.   Some manufacturers actually use a locking feature that uses a spring and automatically locks (at least for a while).  The problem is that these spring fed locking mechanisms are prone to becoming faulty.  We recommend using a fold-in-half table lock that is manually secured by the user and will not wear out over time. In addition, a fold-in-half table should also include secure leg clips to keep the table securely folded together for carrying purposes – they shouldn’t be so tight that you can’t open the table, but they should securely hold the table in the folded-in-half position when carrying or storing – we actually have a test for just the right amount of resistance to be engineered into a leg clip.  Another feature to look for in fold-in-half tables is a carry handle or strap.  While it's not a true safety feature, a handle can make a folding table easier and safer for you to carry and transport.

If you'd like more information about how to pick the perfect folding table, be sure to check out my previous posts about Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying A Folding Table, What Makes a Folding Table Weather-Resistant, and How Much Can My Folding Table Hold.

table brace.jpgSo with that advice, best of luck with your table purchase. As you can now see, both me and our Tables & Chairs Sales and Engineering team probably think about tables and chairs WAY too much... but can you blame us? It's what we do and I feel lucky to do it. As a result, we like to say that our tables  have attention to detail, are engineered to perfection, and their durability has given Lifetime a name that is not just a brand, but is also descriptive of the longevity of product we produce.  All of this has allowed us to have years of experience successfully selling our product worldwide, with a brand and a product we can take pride in.

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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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6/9/2011 3:47:55 PM

Looks like a nice sturdy table, and would last a long time too.


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