The Everyday Folding Table: A Stunning, Sturdy Alternative to Plastic
One of the most versatile pieces of furniture ever invented is the folding table. It can be easily hidden when not needed, or put to constant use. Everyone has one, and if they don’t, they wish they did. They’re almost perfect. Except. They’re ugly.
Designer and Woodworker Colin Garrity of St. Louis worked with luxury lifestyle brand Shinola. Now he has turned his attention to creating a folding table that is not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing.
The design of The Everyday Folding Table is simple. Garrity’s large table is 6’ long and 2’ wide. Made of walnut and oak, it folds down to 6” thick in less than a minute. The wood is unfinished, and there are no loose metal parts to pinch or rattle like conventional plastic portable tables. The Everyday Folding Table is also nicely suited for use as a desk or even a portable picnic table.
In addition to the larger dining table, a coffee-table version is also available. It’s made of the same materials, and fully assembled stands just under 18” tall, is 17” wide and 39” long. Suggested uses and settings for this item (beyond the expected) include camping, dorm rooms, and small apartments.
Other one-of-a-kind handmade wooden items are available to help the Kickstarter campaign reach its goal, which at the time of this writing has been exceeded by almost $2,000. These include small spinning tops, clipboards, photo frames and a wooden oak and walnut stool meant to pair with the large Everyday Folding Table.