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Lap Trays and Tray Tables

Tray tables and lap trays come in many different forms for every imaginable purpose. From serving as an elegant drinks tray stand to providing stable support for your TV dinner, trays and table stands are incredibly versatile. Read on for more tips on choosing the best tray table or lap tray.

What are tray tables used for?


Each type of lap tray and tray table is designed for a specific purpose. Below are some common types of tray and table stands and their uses:

Folding butlers tray tables

The typical combination of a removable wooden tray that rests on top of a set of folding legs is aptly named a butler tray. The portable legs are designed to be easily carried in one hand or over a shoulder, whilst the tray can be loaded with drinks and snacks and taken from the kitchen to the dining room or living room to serve guests.

Folding dinner tray tables

When you’re running out of space at a garden party or Christmas gathering, a folding tray is a handy way to increase the surface area for putting out dishes and desserts. Their compact size and folding stand mean they can be easily stored away when not needed.

Cushioned lap trays

When you’re cosying up with a TV dinner or having a film night, a padded lap tray is perfect for keeping your sofa safe from spills. The beanbag bottom moulds to your lap or the seat cushion it’s placed on, keeping the tray top upright and level. The cushioning also ensures that the lap tray is non-slip.

Round tray tables

Tray tables are on trend and are taking up permanent residence in many contemporary living rooms. White, black or grey tray tables in glossy metal and accented with a small vase or candle holder make a minimalist accent. Round tray tables are also popular as coffee and side tables as well as bedside tables.

Laptop trays

When you’re doing home office, a folding laptop table makes working more comfortable. Not only does it give you the freedom to move from a desk to a sofa or bed, but a lap tray also helps prevent bad posture by raising the height of the laptop.

Breakfast trays

Serving breakfast in bed is one of the kindest things you can do for a loved one. Although a simple serving tray can also do the trick, it can be the opposite of relaxing if the tray wobbles and the tea is knocked over. A small wooden tray table with folding legs and handles, also known as a bed tray, provides stable support and means the lap tray doesn’t have to rest on your lap or legs.

How to clean lap trays?


Metal and plastic lap trays and table stands are very easy to clean. If you need to clean a wooden tray, do not soak it or put it in the dishwasher. The fabric underside of cushioned lap trays should be gently spot cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Where can I buy lap trays?


Browse lap trays and tray tables in a wide range of colours and styles on Houzz UK. With a variety of living room products to choose from, accessorising your dream home becomes easy.
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