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The Best TV Trays - 2020

Last updated on November 2, 2020
Best TV Trays

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Our Picks For The Top TV Trays

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Our Take
  Best for Style

Winsome Wood TV Tray Set, 4-Count

Winsome

Wood TV Tray Set, 4-Count

Overall Take

Wood FinishThe oblong snack tables, which have a dark walnut finish, are a beautiful addition to any living space.

  Most Modern

Haven Adjustable Bed & Sofa TV Tray

Haven

Adjustable Bed & Sofa TV Tray

Overall Take

Adaptable TableThe height of the TV tray is adjustable from 19 to 27 inches and it also has three different tilt angles.

  Most Elegant

Linon Home Decor Faux Marble TV Trays

Linon Home Decor

Faux Marble TV Trays

Overall Take

Marble FlairA brown faux-marble tabletop gives the TV tray a high-quality, refined appearance.

  Best for Devices

Tablemate Adjustable Folding TV Tray

Tablemate

Adjustable Folding TV Tray

Overall Take

Cool AdditionsFeatures include a built-in cupholder, device-mounting slot and curved tabletop that accommodates all body shapes.

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Guide written by Patricia Kaowthumrong
Last updated on November 2, 2020

The TV tray no longer belongs exclusively in a 1950s-era dinner setup. And while they are still great for enjoying supper in your living room in front of the television or streaming device, modern TV trays are pieces of furniture that are capable of fulfilling many purposes. The foldable, one-person table can be used as a portable workstation or desk, nightstand, side table, storage surface or even a mini bar. While the design of today’s tables is similar to their retro counterparts, the latest ones also boast features like cup and table holders, storage stands and adjustable heights and angles.

TV trays are still often made with synthetic plastic or real or composite wood, but are less likely to have the metal tray top that is common in vintage editions. The legs are also more widely available in a L shape instead of the classic cross shape, allowing the user to stretch out their legs.

The Best TV Trays

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  Best for Style

Winsome Wood TV Tray Set, 4-Count

The five-piece set includes four TV trays and a handy storage stand. The tray top, which measures 23.5 by 15.75 inches, is made with composite wood, while the legs are real wood.

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Specifications

Brand
Winsome
Model
2
  Most Modern

Haven Adjustable Bed & Sofa TV Tray

The multifunctional TV tray and mobile workstation has a surface that measures 21.1 by 16.1 inches, a cup holder and foot pads for stability. The legs fold down behind the table, so you can easily store it behind the couch or under the bed.

Features


Specifications

Brand
Haven
Model
3
  Most Elegant

Linon Home Decor Faux Marble TV Trays

The tray table set is made from ecologically sourced rubber-wood that’s finished with a dark wood color and has silver-toned hardware. The tabletop measures 19 by 15.75 inches, and a handle makes it easy to carry from room to room when folded.

Features


Specifications

Brand
Linon Home Decor
Model
4
  Best for Devices

Tablemate Adjustable Folding TV Tray

The polypropylene table sits on L-shaped, powder-coated steel legs and is adjustable to six heights and three angles. The tabletop measures 21 by 16.75 inches and has a capacity of 40 pounds. No tools are needed for assembly.

Features


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Brand
Tablemate
Model

Our TV Tray Buying Guide

The TV tray no longer belongs exclusively in a 1950s-era dinner setup. And while they are still great for enjoying supper in your living room in front of the television or streaming device, modern TV trays are pieces of furniture that are capable of fulfilling many purposes. The foldable, one-person table can be used as a portable workstation or desk, nightstand, side table, storage surface or even a mini bar. While the design of today’s tables is similar to their retro counterparts, the latest ones also boast features like cup and table holders, storage stands and adjustable heights and angles.

TV trays are still often made with synthetic plastic or real or composite wood, but are less likely to have the metal tray top that is common in vintage editions. The legs are also more widely available in a L shape instead of the classic cross shape, allowing the user to stretch out their legs.

DWYM Fun Fact

In 1954, Omaha, Nebraska-based C.A. Swanson & Sons changed the way Americans cook and eat forever by introducing the frozen TV dinner. The portable meals made it possible for households to eat in front of the television set; by 1960, more than 90% of Americans had one in their homes. As a result, inexpensive folding tray tables, which were made for eating on your couch, exploded in popularity. They were often made from metal, fiberglass, wood or plastic and were decorated with many different patterns over the years, from TV characters to nature scenes.

The TV Tray Tips and Advice

  • Check the weight capacity of the TV tray, which varies with each product, before purchasing. If you’re planning on putting heavier things on it, look for one with a high capacity (for example, 40 pounds instead of 20).
  • TV trays with adjustable height features are great for both kids and adults.
  • TV trays aren’t just convenient for household use; they’re also great for camping, tailgates, parties and more.
  • Cross-legged TV trays can often offer greater stability because the weight of of the tabletop is distributed more evenly across the legs.
  • TV trays are not designed to sit or stand on; use them as a tabletop surface only.
  • Some products require assembly, so plan accordingly.