What we commonly call a tray table is actually a furniture piece inspired by the classic butler stand which was a small table with a folding base and a removable top which could be used as a tray. Nowadays you can find a variety of such tables with diverse forms, shapes, sizes and styles. They’re both stylish and versatile and they often prove to be the perfect accent pieces for living rooms, dining areas and lots of other settings.
The Fritz collection is a series of stylish side tables, all with tray tops and sleek metal bases. They’re designed by C. Ballabio and they feature a beautiful combination of brushed brass and solid caneletta walnut. The tray tops can either have a stained wood or lacquered interior with a glossy surface. The tables come in several different shapes and sizes.
Featuring a simple and stylish design inspired by the 1950’s era in France, the Mazargues tray table is a very practical accent piece for social areas. It was designed by Eric Jourdan and it features this simple frame made of black lacquered steel with a satin finish which holds a circular tray top made of solid walnut with a satin natural varnish.
This right here is the Tulum Platter Table, a quirky piece of furniture which has a removable top that can be used as a tray and a metal base with three chic tapered legs. The table can either have a pink or a green ceramic tray top. Its design is eclectic, being a combination of traditional and contemporary influences.
The Baobab table is a pretty odd and interesting piece of furniture. It was designed by Ionna Vautrin and the inspiration was obviously the baobab tree. It has this smooth base which divided into different branches just like the canopy of a tree. Each branch holds a tray top which can be rotated. They’re placed at different heights and they can be used in various different ways.
Dany is a small and simple side table, the type of table you could place in the corner of your bedroom, in the reading area, in the living room by the sofa and pretty much anywhere else. Technically it’s not a tray table although its design is pretty close to one. The table has three wooden legs joined together and a round top.
Like we said before, tray tables are very versatile and their designs vary based on a lot of things. This one, for instance, is made of brass and there’s also a version available in marble. It has a small circular top with a very noticeable edge and a tripod base with double rod legs.