Bed trays are often considered a luxury item for those who get to enjoy breakfast in bed. For people who have to spend a lot of time in bed, however, due to age, injuries or disabilities, they’re a saving grace as far as comfort and convenience go.
Bed trays are available in different sizes and shapes. They’re made from various materials and some have more functions than others, such as laptop trays, serve trays, breakfast-in-bed trays or folding bed trays, lap trays and so on. There are even bed ‘shelfies’ that attach to the side of the bed if you’re wanting to keep a few essentials close by.
When looking to buy a bed tray there are a few factors that need to be considered, including:
- Stability of the tray
- Design and purpose
- Its weight capacity
- Adjustable and ‘tiltable’ functions
- Storage space
- Raised edges
- An easy-to-clean surface
- The material it’s made of
- The price
Let’s take a look at these in a bit more detail.
This is possibly the most important factor because bed trays are made to hold food and drinks, both hot and cold. A wobbly bed tray is dangerous and inconvenient, which is why you need to look at the legs of the tray before buying. They must be solid and withstand any kind of force, they mustn’t make the tray wobble or collapse easily.
Bed trays come in various designs and while you might like the look of one it might not have everything you need. Some have pockets to hold cutlery and cups, other can hold magazines, pens and books. The best design will make your tray more useful.
You will find bed trays made of wood as well as plastic and metal. The metal trays are sturdy and last longer, but they are prone to rust and corrosion. Plastic trays are lightweight but might not be as durable.
Think about the purpose of the bed tray; is it going to be used only while in bed? Or do you plan on using it as a dining table or a stand-up tray? Wooden trays are reliable but might only be useful for the bedroom whereas plastic trays are more versatile. This will definitely determine the kind of bed tray eventually decide to go with.
Cost is an issue, which is why we always take it into account. If money isn’t a determining factor for you then choose one of the premium models; however, if you have a limited budget like many of us, opt for the best one in your price range.
Our Top 5 Bed Trays for 2017
Nature’s Wood is a multi-purpose bed tray that’s sturdy and versatile. It can be used to serve food, hold a laptop or be used as a desk or to keep something like a book raised. The tray is easy to set up and there is ample space underneath the tray for your legs to fit comfortably.
The Nature Wood lightweight tray is made of bamboo, which means it’s lightweight to carry and move around, but it’s incredibly durable and strong. The hollowed out handles make carrying easy and allow for easy storage. The surface of the bed tray can withstand heat, which is a big plus.
The Winsome Wood Benito bed tray has a classic dark wood finish and the legs are easily folded away for storage but are solid when it’s being used as a bed tray. The curved top prevents items falling off or liquid spilling over and the carved handles make it easy to carry around. We like that you can use the Benito bed tray with or without the legs and the generous surface size means you’re able to use it for a number of purposes. It’s a popular choice and is made by Winsome, one of the top names in the industry.
This bed tray is a generous size and can serve two people breakfast in bed. It’s durable and well-made with an easy to clean finish. It can also be used a bedside table because of its size and height, and the best news of all is no assembly is required.
We suggest lining the tray with a mat to prevent moisture rings, but other than that it’s high-quality bed tray at a very good price.
The Avantree bed tray is like the Rolls Royce of bed trays. It functions as a laptop workstation, a desk for office work, a bed stand, a book stand and last but not least, a bed tray. It’s easy to use with two auto-lock buttons either side that adjusts the leg height and two clamps to adjust the surface angle of the table. It folds away easily for storage and portability and it’s very durable.
The Avantree bed tray is possibly one of the most popular choices at the moment because of its versatility and value for money.
Sofia + Sam Multi-Tasking Laptop Bed Tray
Another great choice for a bed tray is this one from Sofia + Sam. You can use it as a bed tray, workstation, or TV tray. There is an adjustable top for books or a laptop and it can accommodate a notebook up to 18 inches.
For your convenience, there is a storage drawer where you can keep pens and a computer mouse, leaving it neat and tidy for use as a bed tray. The tray weighs 5.5 pounds and stands 9-inches tall with the legs pulled out.
Even though they’re called bed trays, they have a number of uses. The best bed trays to suit your needs should offer stability, durability, affordability and versatility. Ideally, to get your value for money, you want to be able to use it in bed, as a TV tray, a stand-up tray and as a desk. And you want it to last for as long as possible.
Buying the right bed tray means everyone can use it—kids for drawing, parents and adults as workstations, and older people for use as a bed tray.
Hopefully, our guide and top picks have helped you narrow down your search and made your purchase a whole lot easier.