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What to look for when buying a craft table

Having a table set aside especially for craft activities is a good idea if you do not want to use your expensive dining table for such things as cutting and gluing. Not all craft tables are created equal, with some having different features to others. Before you buy a craft table, you should consider how you will use it, who will use it and where it will go.

Purpose

Determine the use
Consider what the craft table will be used for. Some purpose-built craft tables have drawers for craft storage, and these are useful for holding pencils, paints, papers or scissors. You may find this especially useful if you are looking for a craft table for children and want all their bits and bobs kept in one place. Some art tables have a tilt facility, and this can provide a comfortable working angle for both painting and drawing. A craft table will often be put to many different crafty uses. So, choose a style where you will get maximum use out of.

Size

Where it will fit
Before you buy a craft table, you should consider where in the house it will be situated, and make sure the style and design of your choice will fit into the space. Take measurements
Take measurements before going shopping and measure the table itself, including both its height and surface dimensions before buying. Tables can look smaller than they actually are when you see them in a large store, and it is easy to buy one which is too large for the space you actually have available. Buying a folding table
If you have a relatively small space in which to set a craft table, you could consider buying a folding table which will open out to give extra space when it is needed.

Sturdiness

Different craft activities put different stresses on a table. Drawing, for instance, is a much lighter activity than woodworking or clay sculpting, and you should choose craft tables accordingly. Some craft activities, such as sewing, need a large surface area for laying out and cutting the fabric. However, they also need to be strong enough to hold the weight of a sewing machine, and sturdy enough not to shake when the machine is operating at speed.

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