TV trays are the ultimate in laid back snacking – favorite movie and favorite snack together in glorious harmony, but it wasn’t always the case, and the history of the TV tray involves controversy and murder … okay, we may have lied about the murder, but rest assured, voices were raised – slightly.
With the affordability and increasing popularity of the TV, came the desire to spend more time watching programs. This slowly extended across mealtimes and took the family meal off the dining table and into the living room, capturing the zeitgeist of the new generation. The growing excitement as 50s America increased the range of programs coincided with the influx of furniture specifically designed to make TV dining easier – the TV tray!
Many people, however, weren’t happy about the move from the dining room to TV dinner, and blamed the humble TV tray for discord between parents and their children and for what they saw as the dissolution of the family. Fortunately, though, nothing could halt the TV-centric culture that was sweeping across America, and TV dinners are ever more popular with the majority of US homes owning at least one TV tray.
Here, we take an objective look at our favorite models for this year.
$107.99 in stock
This is a great set consisting of four trays and a stand that match perfectly, are made of natural hardwood, and are designed to complement the contemporary interior. Protected against the worst liquid spills, these stable, hard-wearing trays have been constructed from a variety of woods, and can easily hold a large meal, drinks, and side dishes – or scatter them with a choice of snacks for a family movie night.
Winsome Wood’s tray set is the ideal choice for large families or anyone who requires plenty of surface options.
$62.99 in stock
1 used from $59.84
With a stylish modern faux marble surface, this set of four X-legged trays and neat storage stand are a great addition to any home. The attractive marble laminate lends these tables a luxurious Hollywood glamor, while the rich natural walnut wood legs offer strong and durable support.
Linon has designed the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing night in front of the TV … now, where’s the popcorn?
10 used from $32.21
Designed to include as many options as possible in one tray, this model from Table Mate II is lightweight, functional, and attractive. Offering 6 adjustable heights and 3 angles it’s perfect for eating, reading or working, while the innovative slide-away cup holder eliminates any risk of spillages. The hard-wearing open base legs can easily fit under or around sofas and chairs, and with an easy-folding action, it can be stored away, ready for next time.
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