What to Consider When Buying Tray Tables
As you look at the different tray tables, there are several elements to consider. These will help you to make the best choice.
Materials and Finishes
These tables come in a multitude of materials and finishes. Melamine and metal tend to be easy to clean. Wood is durable but might require coasters to prevent marking the surface. Rattan is lightweight but might not be ideal for a heavy weight on the table. Rattan may also stain easily.
With wood tables, a solid lacquer finish can prolong the life of the table. Finishes protect against staining and moisture. They also allow for easier cleaning.
Wheels or Stationary
If you will move the tray table often, getting one with wheels allows you to move it without issue. Just make sure the wheels lock so that it does not slide around when you are using it.
A stationary tray has no wheels and stays firmly in place. A tray that also helps seniors to safely rise from a chair may be best if it is stationary with rubber on the bottom of the legs because this offers greater support.
Handles and Sides
Handles make it more convenient to grab the tray and carry it. If your tray is on wheels, handles allow for a better grip if you are wheeling it around to position it. Some trays will have handles at either side of the tray while others have one that allows you to drag it easier. In some cases, the handles collapse so you can push the tray flush against a wall.
Having sides that come up about two inches can help to keep items on the table part of the tray. This element can help to prevent food, drinks and other items from sliding off if you gently bump it or when you are moving it around. Some trays have sides that you can put up or keep down, depending on what is most convenient at the time.
Some of these tables let you adjust the height, making it simpler to use them with a variety of beds and chairs. In some cases, you can also alter the angle of the tray. Adjusting the angle may make it easier to write or use a laptop, for example.
Just make sure that you can lock the knob or lever after adjusting so that the height or angle remains in place even when you put weight on the table.
Some of these tables will have additional features that add to their convenience and functionality. For example, some might have a cupholder to reduce the risk of spilling your beverage. This holder can be especially handy for seniors who have limited grip strength or tremors. Other special features might include:
- A basket or bag to add extra storage
- A swiveling tray for added adjustability
- Ergonomic design for more comfortable use
- Multiple folding points for optimal portability
Take advantage of this information to explore the tray tables that meet your needs. Consider what you learned here and compare them to the available options to make the final choice.