While the widest market for folding cafeteria tables is found in schools, cafeteria tables aren't just useful for school lunchrooms. You also can employ folding cafeteria tables in the break room or conference room, and you can even find convertible tables that switch from tables to benches.
For schools, cafeteria tables have broadened their appeal to include pre-school sized benches and many different shapes for classrooms as well as lunch rooms.
Before you buy a cafeteria table, consider the following decisions you'll need to make:
- Decide if you want your tables to fold and roll away, and what type of seats you want them to have.
- Determine if you want your cafeteria tables to be round or octagonal rather than rectangular.
- Consider alternatives such as picnic style benches and booths.
Consider the seating options with folding cafeteria tablesFolding cafeteria tables are the most common type of cafeteria table, and typically come with two large rectangular segments that fold up and roll to storage or out of the way.
These aren't your parents' school cafeteria tablesCafeteria tables, even folding tables, no longer just come in the typical long, rectangular shape. You can buy octagonal or round cafeteria tables with seating or without. Buying tables without seating is useful if you want to use the tables not just for the lunchroom, but also for arts and crafts or other activities that might require standing or moving around.
Be open to creative alternatives for school lunchroom tables and chairsSchool cafeteria tables don't have to be boring rows of rectangular tables or even round tables. Today, you can find alternatives such as restaurant-style booths to keep the lunchroom interesting and fun.
- Look for multi-use cafeteria tables if you're short on space. If your lunchroom doubles as a conference room, look for tables and chairs that can serve multiple purposes, including tables that fold horizontally to serve as backs for bench seating.