School Activity Tables and You

Choosing the right activity table for you and your students can be a challenging experience. A wide variety of high quality manufacturers make activity tables, and if your heart is set on a certain style, you may still have a long list of tables to review. Worthington Direct offers activity tables ranging the entire spectrum of needs for elementary school tables, middle school classroom tables and high school student tables. Library tables and art room tables are not left out – many multipurpose school tables can function both in the classroom and in libraries, art rooms and other places throughout the school. Be sure to see Wikipedia’s entry for Tables and the government’s requirements for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act compliant) tables.


Table height Perhaps the most important aspect of your table is how tall it is. Almost all activity tables have adjustable height legs. Preschool height adjustable activity tables won’t be tall enough for your 4th graders, and an adult height table, even at it’s lowest setting, will come to your toddler’s chin when seated. Most preschool height tables are adjustable from 15 or 16″ to 23 or 24″

Top Thickness School Activity table tops come in a wide variety of thicknesses. From mobile folding tables featuring steel frames with 3/4″ thick table tops to stationary tables with thick, 1-3/4″ table tops that provide a presence of stability to the room. Longer activity tables such as those from Royal include under-table steel supports that prevent table sag, even under load on extremely long tables. Thin table tops tend to cost less, while thick tabletops add an air of elegance of permanence to your classroom or early childhood center.

Table Color Perhaps the most visible aspect of your student’s classroom activity tables is the color. Some teachers may choose to go with the classic medium oak school table tops. Other popular colors are Light Oak and Walnut (dark wood). Early childhood teachers or teachers with school spirit may order a color table that matches their school or room’s colors. Color tables can be ordered in almost any combination, but the most popular option is a Gray Nebula top with a colored band. Gray nebula does an excellent job of hiding any scratches or scuffs your school’s activity table may endure over the years, while keeping your classroom looking neat and clean.

Table Shopping is Now Much Simpler with Solid Table Advice from the President of Worthington Direct

(PRWEB) February 28, 2008 — Worthington Direct (http://worthingtondirect.com), a supplier of school, church and early childhood furniture and equipment for over 10 years has new expert advice on making the right table purchase. If a worship facility or a school is looking for folding tables, classroom tables, banquet tables or a harder-to-find round folding tables, they may have questions about the many products available on the market. With 30 years in the school furniture industry, Worthington Direct President, Kevin Worthington, has addressed several common questions that arise when purchasing a table.

What do some of the construction terms mean?
Tables are available with a variety of tabletop and core material options. High-Pressure Laminate (HPL), blow molded plastic, ABS plastic, particleboard and plywood are the primary materials for the majority of activity and folding tables.

High Pressure Laminate: HPL tops are created by a two step method of bonding the finish and back layers to the core materials using glue under extreme heat and pressure. This process forms a table surface that is extremely durable and will not bubble up when exposed to water. Tables with HPL tops offer a variety of color choices and have a completely smooth finish. This is an added plus for classrooms, which would include writing and art projects. http://worthingtondirect.com/school_furniture/tables/big_projects_planner_art_tables_by_smith_system.htm

Particleboard-Core: Particleboard is composed of wood chips glued together under pressure to create a high density board. Particleboard tables can range from ¾" to 1 ¼" in thickness and generally have a high pressure laminate surface. Due to their higher density, they weigh more that plywood-core or plastic tables and are best used in spaces that require little movement. Particleboard’s weight anchors them more securely in place and is a reliable standard for classroom activity tables.

Plywood-Core: These reliable tabletops have a plywood core at the center and can have a HPL or a natural stained surface. They are lighter than particleboard, which makes them much easier to set up and break down. The lighter the weight of the table, the less likely damage can occur from slight impacts or bumps that happen when moving the tables or during the initial delivery. Plywood-core folding tables are perfect for banquet rooms or fellowship halls that require frequent movement and offsite storage. http://worthingtondirect.com/school_furniture/tables/rectangular_plywood_core_folding_table_by_midwest.htm

Blow Molded: The newest design to enter the production line is the blow molded plastic resin tabletops, which are extremely lightweight and can be easily set up and stored. Their plastic surface can take food spills and other messes and can be easily cleaned. Blow molded tables do have a slightly textured surface and this should be taken in account when placing these tables in areas that will be used for note taking or other writing exercises. http://worthingtondirect.com/school_furniture/tables/plastic_resin_banquet_tables.htm

ABS Plastic: ABS is a thermoplastic that is lightweight and durable enough to be used to make football helmets. ABS plastic tables can either have a plywood-core or a honeycomb core made up of steel, plywood or more ABS plastic. These tables generally weigh a little more than blow molded plastic resin tables, but offer more stability and strength.

What are the various table heights?
Tables are offered in a fixed or adjustable height option. If a table has a fixed height, it is most likely to be 29 inches to 30 inches high for a standard adult height. Adjustable height tables usually move in one-inch increments for added flexibility when working with children or youth. Some adjustable tables offer a shorter height range just for smaller children. http://worthingtondirect.com/school_furniture/early_childhood_furniture/creative_colors_mix_and_match_tables_by_mahar.htm

What about the table legs?
When choosing a table, consider the standard four-leg classroom table, the T-Leg pedestal table, and the folding table. Each of these leg styles have unique footprints that take up space differently underneath the table. For instance, the T-leg pedestal tables have free space at the corners for leg comfort, but may prohibit someone from being able sit along the smaller ends of the table. The legs and frames of a table are often made of steel. Remember, the lower the gauge of steel, the stronger the table.

How do you determine the seating capacity of a table?
Choosing tables can be tricky. Since size is the most important factor, remember that the smaller the chair, the greater the seating capacity around a table. However, knowing how the table will be used can also determine the amount of room that each person around the table will need. http://www.worthingtondirect.com/school-furniture-fast-facts-for-table-buying-guide.htm

Seating capacity depends on the size of the person and the size of the chair. Full-size student stack chairs are usually 18 inches to 21 inches wide. If you are using a standard folding chair for seating, then plan for 18 inches of width per seat. Allowing for a liberal 26 inches per person gets the "comfortable" designation, while allowing a tight 20 inches per person gets you the "maximum" designation.

About Worthington Direct: Worthington Direct has been in operation for 11 years with an employee average of 13 years experience in the school supply, church and equipment industry, and knows what is important – selection, service, price and timing.

Our goal is to make your purchasing job easier. With competitive pricing, knowledgeable sales associates, and "In Stock" products for quick, efficient shipping, Worthington Direct is committed to be your furniture resource. Schools and churches look to Worthington Direct for competitive pricing for school furniture, church furniture, preschool furniture, early childhood furniture, student desks, classroom chairs, folding chairs, folding tables, seminar tables, AV carts, projector carts, science tables, stools, padded stack chairs, library furniture, desks, wholesale furniture, computer furniture, classroom furniture, dry erase boards, markerboards, chalkboards, office furniture, room dividers, partitions, cubbie units, storage cabinets, file cabinets, bookcases, lockers, classroom carpets, booktrucks, easels, display cases, cafeteria tables, activity tables, classroom desks, computer tables, desk chairs, lecterns, literature racks, office desks and risers among its large stock.

Table Advice From Kevin Worthington

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Activity TablesNeed folding tables or banquet tables for your worship facility? How about a harder-to-find round folding table? In today’s market, you can choose from plywood core, laminate, or plastic tops in a variety of attractive colors and finishes for your folding tables or banquet tables. Visit www.Worthingtondirect.com today to see all of your table options.

Need help getting started? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions by churches when evaluating and purchasing tables.

What are the various table top materials? Tables are available with a variety of tabletop options. High-Pressure Laminate (HPL), blow molded plastic, ABS plastic, and plywood are the primary materials for the majority of activity and folding tables.

High Pressure Laminate: HPL tops have a particleboard core and are superior to thermofused melamine and to non-thermofused melamine tops. HPL tops will not bubble up when exposed to water and are more resistant upon impact. Tables with HPL tops offer a variety of color choices and have a completely smooth finish. This is an added plus for classrooms, which would include writing and art projects.

Plywood-Core: These reliable tabletops have a plywood core at the center with a sheet of high-pressure laminate on top. They have the same benefits of the HPL tabletops, but they also have a superior core strength and stability. They are lighter weight than the full plywood top, which makes them much easier to set up and break down.

Blow Molded: The newest design to enter the production line is the blow molded tabletops, which are extremely lightweight and can be easily set up and stored. The lighter the weight of the table, the less likely damage can occur in delivery. The tabletop does have a slightly textured surface compared to a smooth HPL top.

What are the various table heights? Tables are offered in a fixed or adjustable height option. If a table has a fixed height, it is most likely to be 29 inches to 30 inches high for a standard adult height. Adjustable height tables usually move in one-inch increments for added flexibility when working with children or youth. Some adjustable tables offer a smaller height range just for smaller children.

What about the table legs? When choosing a table, consider the standard four-leg table, the T-Leg pedestal table, the standard classroom table, and the folding table. The legs and frames of a table are often made of steel. Remember, the lower the gauges of steel, the stronger the table.

How do you determine the seating capacity of a table? Choosing tables can be tricky. Since size is the most important factor, remember that the smaller the chair, the greater the seating capacity around a table. However, knowing how the table will be used can also determine the amount of room that each person around the table will need.

Seating capacity depends on the size of the person and the size of the chair. Full-size student stack chairs are usually 18 inches to 21 inches wide. If you are using a standard folding chair for seating, then plan for 18 inches of width per seat. Allowing for a liberal 26 inches per person gets the “comfortable” designation, while allowing a tight 20 inches per person gets you the “maximum” designation.

Kevin Worthington is president of Worthington Direct, www.worthingtondirect.com . Continue reading

Virco Introduces Their New School Furniture Line, Metaphor

Let Worthington Direct be your direct source for all of the great products made by Virco.  Visit www.WorthingtonDirect.com today for wholesale prices on Virco products such as the Classic 9000 Series stack chair, the 4000 Series classroom activity tables and their other product lines like I.Q. and Zuma.

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TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 25, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — A quick overview of the new Metaphor(tm) Series by Virco (Nasdaq:VIRC) tells you a lot about this great new product line for K-12 schools.

With a strong full-perimeter tubular steel frame and specially formulated polypropylene shell, Metaphor has the strength to deliver years of reliable service in high-traffic classrooms. The shell’s deeply sculpted contours provide the intuitive support to give students the long-lasting comfort they deserve. Thanks to a 12-high truly vertical stack for easier movement and storage, and the ability to nest individual chairs upside-down on desktops, Metaphor chairs enable quicker, easier classroom cleaning. All Metaphor(tm) models are certified according to the stringent GREENGUARD(r) for Children and Schools Program for indoor air quality.

Three distinctive backrest vents give Metaphor products an unmistakable resemblance to Virco’s best-selling Classic Series(tm) models. The resemblance, not surprisingly, is intentional, since Metaphor was conceived by award-winning designers Peter Glass and Bob Mills as an updated sequel to the Classic Series, which debuted in 1965 and has registered more than 47,500,000 units sold through 2006.

Given the long-standing and ongoing success of the Classic Series, Metaphor underwent an extensive research and development process to insure that it would bring important ergonomic benefits to Virco customers.

The Metaphor collection includes: 4-leg chairs with four seat heights; a selection of 4-leg combo units with two work surface sizes, an optional bookrack and an optional backpack hanger; two adjustable task chairs, one of which has a reduced shell size and a shorter adjustment range for smaller users; and an adjustable lab stool. Continue Reading