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What’s the Best Type of Plastic Folding Table?

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Understand the difference between ABS Tables and Blow-Molded Tables

How can you decide whether to purchase inexpensive plastic folding tables (blow-molded) or invest in more expensive ABS plastic tables? Making the right choice depends on your needs and the intended uses for the tables.

So, let’s talk plastic tables.

ABS Round Tables

What is Blow-Molded Plastic?

Blow molding is the process of shaping plastic. The hot plastic is placed into a mold and injected with pressurized air, making the plastic form to the different pieces of the mold.

ABS Round Table

What is ABS Plastic?

ABS, which stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, is crafted by bonding layers of vacuum-formed sheets of ABS plastic over a wood or honeycomb framework.

The Gist

Blow mold: Pressurized air forms the plastic in a molded shape and the plastic is hollow inside. (Think water bottle)

ABS: Heat forms the plastic to an internal frame such as wood.

Family Eating on ABS Table

Blow-Molded Tables

Blow-molded tables have a hollow core and they are supported by steel tubing along each side. The molded plastic often means there is little chipping or peeling on the surface and in the corners. Some styles are available in fold-in-half tables which makes them more portable and easier to store.

The hollow core makes them lightweight and easy to lift, move, set up, and take down. Blow-molded plastic folding tables are often inexpensive and easily found on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Wayfair.

Recommendations for Blow-Molded Tables

The best use for blow-molded tables is periodic and short term indoor and outdoor events such as BBQs, tailgates, and receptions.

Blow-molded tables are not recommended for long-term use and they often have a short lifespan. It’s likely the tables will need to be replaced every few years. They are not suitable for high-traffic areas or venues with heavy room turnover.

Anatomy of Blow-Molded Tables

Diagram Explaining Blow Molding

ABS Tables

An ABS table is manufactured using vacuum-formed sheets of ABS plastic that are bonded together over a wood framework with a strong outside edge.

The hard-plastic top is resistant to heat and scratching. The reinforced frame and core of protect ABS Tables from bending, even under heavy loads. In fact, MityLite ABS Tables can support up to 1,000 pounds!

ABS tables are heavier than blow-molded tables, but most are still lightweight enough to easily move and store—especially if you have the right cart.

ABS tables last longer, they are more durable than blow-molded tables, and the majority have strong warranties. For example, MityLite ABS Tables have a limited 15-year warranty.

Recommendations for ABS Tables

Because ABS tables are so durable, they hold up well in high-traffic areas and heavy use situations.

If your facility is hard on furniture and you hold a lot of events, go with ABS. It will be worth the investment. And, you’ll likely end up saving money over time because the tables will need to be replaced less often.

Anatomy of An ABS Table

Side Cut of a Table

Which Type of Table is Better?

The answer to that question depends on how you’re going to use the tables. The important thing is to be an educated buyer.

The Gist

Blow-molded tables are less expensive, lightweight tables that are a good fit for short-term use. They are not suitable for high-traffic areas and they need to be replaced every few years.

ABS tables are extremely durable and last more than 10 years. They are a great fit for heavy use in high-traffic areas.

The best way to move and store ABS tables is to have the right cart.