Cafeteria Tables

In the early part of the last century, factory workers watched the clock for the all-important lunch break. And when the clock hit noon, workers grabbed their lunch boxes and rushed to sit around the lunch table. The industrial revolution invented what we know today as the cafeteria table.

Cafeteria Tables are a must have for school lunchrooms and cafeterias. MP Industries, Inc. offers a range of cafeteria tables, from fixed to mobile folding benches, inside and outside eating tables. Some tables offer safety features such as spring-assisted torsion bars that make folding quick and safe.  Older tables may not have these features and it is recommended that purchasing new cafeteria tables may the best way to keep your faculty safe from injury.

How to Select the Right Cafeteria Table

If there is one room in your facility that requires plenty of attention, it is the cafeteria. Depending on the company’s budget, you may be in a position to upgrade the seating furniture.

Swapping out old, outdated cafeteria tables with new, stylish and more ergonomic models is a smart move and wise investment. After years of wear and tear, it may also be important to do so from a safety standpoint. Whatever the reason may be, choosing the right style and type of tables can be a bit of a challenge, especially given the vast array of available options.

Cafeteria Tables

Take the time to select an appropriate table, from seating type to table top size to the finish. Most cafeteria tables feature 14-gauge steel tubing for their frames, but the tabletop will come in a laminate with table edge choices. All of these have their pros and cons that you will need to weigh before deciding on a purchase.

As far as the type of seating is concerned, the standard configurations are benches (Contour or booth-style) or chairheads (these may be stools without a back, or choose from a variety of chair options). When determining table height, a general rule of thumb is most tabletops are 30” high and that users need about 14.25” personal space between the table and the chair back. Most tables are 24” or 30” wide.

Plan the layout of your cafeteria before ordering your tables. Cafeteria, cafe and bistro tables come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They are available in round, square, and rectangle shapes to conform to any size room. Most rectangular tables with bench seating will come in different lengths. Be sure to select the appropriate length for your space, allowing plenty of room for aisles, doors and other room features.