11 of the Best TV Trays for Casual Dinners at Home


Try as we might to follow our regular routines in the midst of our quarantine, there are some days we just can’t muster the enthusiasm to do all of the things we normally would, like sitting down to a proper meal at the table. As we work to reduce our stress over COVID-19 by taking plenty of time to unwind and practicing acceptance — something Nevada-based PhD Alice Boyes says has real value in uncertain times — we’re implementing those principles at dinnertime, too, with some of the best TV trays on the market.

Where to buy TV Trays

TV trays have been around for a good long while, becoming popular way back in the ‘50s (the same decade that Swanson’s frozen TV dinners were introduced). Though they fell out of fashion for a time, the country’s collective shelter in place orders has given these portable tables new life as we allow ourselves the simple pleasure of having our meals with a side of Netflix (Or Hulu. Or HBO. Or Amazon Prime).

Luckily, you can still pick them up at nearly any home goods retailer, with Wayfair, Target, and Amazon being some of the top contenders as far as selection is concerned.

The Best TV Trays

TV trays have come a long way since the days of yore, with manufacturers improving upon the original design with added extras such as cup holders, rolling wheels, adjustable heights and widths, and slim, under-couch designs. So which is best? That all depends on who you ask.

For some, a traditional fold-down model, like this UrbSpace pick ($48.49, Overstock), will do the trick, while others will prefer a more sophisticated-looking tray that will blend right into your décor — we’re partial to this rich Alpharetta design ($133.99, Wayfair), which boasts a certain panache, portable furniture or otherwise.

Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best TV trays you can buy.

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