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Sometimes after a long day, all you want is to relax with a great meal in front of the screen. Thankfully, there is no longer any need to haul your plate to the couch and eat from your lap. TV trays offer both practicality and style, upgrading your at-home cinema experience. These TV trays allow you to have a real meal, in a civilized way, all while catching up on your favorite shows.
What to Consider
TV trays can be just that, but also so much more. Keep the below in mind and your purchase will have a happy Hollywood ending.
Size: Do you picture yourself needing enough room for a small plate and a drink, or do you want to eat a full meal, and have enough room for a Kindle and a magazine too?
Who Is Using It: If you’re buying a tray for your elementary school-aged kids, you’re going to need a much different product than you would if you were buying one for their mobility-challenged grandparent. We have an array of trays that will suit a variety of lifestyles and needs.
Accessories: Some of our trays come with a removable top, some swivel, some have wheels, extra shelves, and cup holders. Think about all of the ways you will want to use it, and where, before making the final purchase.
How We Selected
We considered all of the different ways a TV tray might come in handy for people of all ages and lifestyles. We reviewed hundreds of options, consulted experts and sought out consumer reviews, then compiled our best of the best, below.
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1) Lavish Home Folding Wooden Side Table
This wooden folding table features a removable tray with handles and a spill-prevention lip, which makes transporting your meal from the kitchen to the sofa much less messy. The base can be folded flat for storage, so the entire unit can be tucked away when not in use. The MDF wood unit is sturdy and can hold up to 22 pounds.
Assembly is required, but easy. This unit is attractive enough to be out all the time, and can be used as a side table or a nightstand.
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2) Able Life Tray Table
This TV tray is a fantastic option if you have mobility issues. Able Life’s built-in ergonomic safety handle provides balance and support when sitting or rising, and holds up to 250 pounds.
The bamboo tray table measures 16 by 18 inches, and includes a cup holder and utensil compartment. It also features 360-degree swivel motion, and can be pivoted away when not in use. The table is anchored with stability pads, and the handle length and base of the table have adjustable heights.
Reviewers say it works well with a variety of furniture. One writes, “my mom loves this table! It’s very convenient and helps her feel secure when getting out of her recliner.”
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3) 626 Laptop TV Tray Stand
This freestanding tray would work on the couch, on your desk or in bed. The wallet-friendly tray is made from MDF wood, and the legs are made from aluminum alloy, with a powder coat finish. The multifunctional moving tray can serve as a workstation in bed, or a TV tray on the couch.
The extra-large (24 by 16 by 11 inches) surface leaves plenty of room for a meal, with a built-in cup holder and a built-in stand for iPads and Kindles. This tray folds up and can be stowed when not in use.
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4) Linon Tray Table Set
This easy-to-move and chic looking set of four faux tray tables and one stand will have a family of four feasting together for special movie nights. Each laminated tray holds up to 20 pounds; when finished, you can fold them all and store them in the included rack. Very minimal assembly is required, and reviewers say the tables “look great.”
One person notes that the four-for-one deal here is “the cheapest I could find, so I was surprised at the sturdiness of the tables!”
The surface area of each tray is 19 by 16 inches.
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5) Soundance Adjustable TV Tray
This handy TV tray adjusts to four different heights (16, 20, 24 and 27 inches) by the push of a button, making it great in several settings. It is also lightweight and easy to store, while also being sturdy thanks to the metal cross-hatched legs. This table is portable enough to bring on the road, and into the backyard or on a porch for a quick snack or drinks tray. The tray itself is 25 by 18 inches.
Reviewers say this is “exactly” what they need. “Zero assembly, it can be collapsed and placed under by couch when not in use. I grumbled a bit about the price, but the quality is much better than expected.”
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6) Zoopolyn TV Tray
This TV tray is made from eco-friendly, nontoxic bamboo. The eye-pleasing L-shaped modern and elegant design also makes this TV tray a winner because you can keep it out all the time, and use it to display knickknacks. The simple, clean color and style makes it work in a variety of aesthetics. The table is also strong, and holds up to 150 pounds. The white tray’s surface area is 24 by 16 inches.
Assembly is required, but if you don’t have tools, fret not, because they are included in your delivery. Reviewers say the quality is “amazing.” One writes that it is “very well-made, and took less than five minutes to assemble.”
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7) Poteau Sofa Arm Tray
This TV tray will suit you if you have a small space, but still crave the convenience of a tray to stow snacks and a drink. This over-the-arm tray will work for sofas or chairs, with plenty of room for a drink and small plate, plus pockets to stash your phone, remote and much more.
The tray’s space is 18 by 13 inches. The flexible design means it will fit over just about any arm. Reviewers say it works “very well” and “looks more expensive than” it is.
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8) Vasagle TV Tray on Wheels
This TV tray has the convenience of wheels and the style of a vintage Bauhaus piece you snagged at an antique shop.
The C-shaped design means the table will hug your sofa, chair (or bed), and the wheels mean you can use it transport your meal and drinks from the kitchen to the living room.
The tray is roomy, with about 20 by 14 inches of space. It’s also sturdy and durable, with rounded corners for safety. Assembly is required. If, for some reason, you decide the wheels don’t work in your space, it comes with sturdy feet as well. Reviewers say it is “easy” to put together, looks “awesome” and rolls well.
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