Restaurant Table Design: Tipsy Tables

Not only do you not want your patrons to become tipsy, you for sure don’t want your tables to get that way either. Table bases that do not sit evenly on their surface or support the table top properly are not only a nuisance, but a safety hazard as well. Overloaded tables, patrons who lean on tables for support while standing up from their seat, baby seats that hinge onto table edges—all are accidents waiting to happen, particularly when the table is in disrepair.

Your floor surface—especially outdoor eating areas on patios made from concrete, pavers, slate, mulch, and other materials—should get a thorough going over to be certain the table bases get a fair chance to work as they should. An even surface helps ensure a no-wobbler. Indoor venues are usually more reliable flooring-wise, but a table in need of repair makes that a moot point. How you and your staff respond to a tilting table can make matters even worse.

If your solution is to leave a tilting or wobbly table in use and think a folded up menu, matchbook, or some other useless maneuver will take care of the problem, you may end up with a bigger problem. Why take the risk? Remove the table from use until it is repaired or replaced. Your vendor should be able to direct you to a proper solution if you need assistance. And make sure you get your restaurant furniture from a reliable source in the first place—where quality and safe products are a priority.

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