I'm guessing a lot of our readers will pull out their Lifetime folding tables and chairs to use as extra seating for holiday dinners and parties this month. Well, no need for me to pull out ours - we are already using them every day!
That's right. We have a new kitchen table and chairs in our house. For the past few weeks - and for the next month or so - we are using our Lifetime 37-Inch Square Folding Table and Lifetime Contemporary Folding Chairs for our kitchen table and chairs. No, I'm not doing consumer research for Lifetime. We are getting ready to move in a few weeks and our old kitchen table and chairs were too big for our new kitchen eating space, so we sold them at our garage sale a few weeks ago. And, we don’t want to buy a new one until we get to our new house and really decide what shape and style will work best.
So, in the meantime, we are using our Lifetime Square Folding Table and Chairs. You know what? They are working out great! It's actually kind of nice to have the extra walking space in our kitchen eating area by using a smaller table. And, when the kids (or my husband) spill on the table, it's a cinch to clean up! Just yesterday, my kids were painting Thanksgiving turkey cards. Normally, I would make them put paper down to cover and protect our wood kitchen table. But, this time, I just let them go to town on our Lifetime table with no worries at all because I knew it would wipe right off without any damage.
Unlike a lot of other card tables on the market, the Lifetime Square Folding Table is super sturdy and the chairs are sized like a regular dining chair with a full seat and tall back. It really feels like we are eating at a piece of furniture, not just a temporary table. Even when the kids get wiggly and bump it, it doesn't shake like most card tables.
But, I will tell you, there are a few things that do not work quite as well as our old kitchen table. First, even though the size of our Lifetime Square Table is larger than most card tables (37" compared to 34"), it's still too little to really serve meals family style. We can fit one casserole dish in the middle of all of our place settings if we really try, but certainly not two or three dishes. The other difference we've noticed is the chairs. The good news is they are contoured for comfort, which means they are actually more comfortable than our old wooden chairs! But, since they are contoured, the bottom dips down slightly in the back (to fit the curve of your rear!), which makes it difficult for my 4-year-old to reach the table because it slides her back too far. And, since the back of the folding chair is open, we can't put her booster seat on the chair because it could easily slip out the back. (So, she usually resorts to sitting on her knees.)
But, other than those two minor things, using our Lifetime Table for our kitchen table has been a perfect transitional table for us. And, the kids have been thrilled because when it's not mealtime, they can throw blankets over it and transform it into a fort - that's something they certainly couldn't do with our wood pedestal table!
Whether your Lifetime table is a temporary or permanent table in your kitchen, I hope you give thanks for the meal and the company you have around it this holiday!