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Solid Wood, TV Tray Tables

Why It’s Now Time For You To Purchase Those TV Tray Tables You’ve Been Thinking About…..

May 14, 2018

If you have been thinking of buying some TV Tray tables and are starting to get excited that the days of watching television, while balancing a dinner plate on one knee – are potentially over, then you’ve come to the right place! These handy little, foldable tables will make your relaxing time a lot easier and more enjoyable. They are great for serving dinner or snacks, but also convenient when you need extra space for large family gatherings on holidays or big events. Also, a student’s favorite for setting up their laptop and working on that research paper in between commercial breaks. Not only is it multifunctional, but always a perfect birthday, graduation, or holiday gift for that “hard to shop” for person in your life.

A TV tray table, a TV dinner tray table, or a laptop table can all be relatively similar in that they are all usually some type of smaller, collapsible furniture that functions as an easily portable table.

TV tray tables first became popular in the early 1950s during the times when “TV dinners” became an iconic term and families watched shows together like “American Bandstand” or “I Love Lucy.” National advertising for TV tray tables first appeared in 1952, a full year before Swanson introduced the TV dinner in October 1953.

The actual inventor of TV tray tables is unknown. The original, popular model of TV tables consisted of two pieces: a metal tray with grips mounted on its underside, and a set of tubular metal legs with rubberized tips at the bottom. As times changed, so did construction techniques and design.

Fast forward to today, take a look at our rectangular folding TV tray table. It can be considered a “modern” design, but it has been a customer favorite of over thirty years. It is crafted from sustainable Northeast hardwood at our mill in the Adirondack foothills of New York and built to last for generations. This piece comes in a set of four so no one in the family is left out and we offer a variety of different finishes to be sure to match any type of décor that fits your taste. Our finishes come in golden oak, chestnut, espresso, driftwood grey, and rustic whitewash! For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here

Maybe you live alone and don’t entertain or maybe you just have a spouse who you like to have dinner with. Whoever or whatever is in your life, we have the piece of furniture just for you! You can buy them in a set of two or just a stand-alone piece. Listed below are just some other suggestions of customer TV table favorites (please note: different color finishes are available in most of our products):

  • Oval Folding TV Tray Table Set of 2: folding table tray can be an essential item at home. Perfect for playing cards, eating dinner, doing work, or providing more table space for big family gatherings. The Oval Folding TV Tray Tables bring style with a sturdy solid wood construction. Produced locally from select American hardwood; built to last generations. For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here.
  • Portable Folding Work and Laptop Desk: Our Portable Folding Work and Laptop Desk has a unique design to fit the present mobile lifestyle with its large workspace and light, durable solid wood construction. Bring this folding worktable to wherever you need it! For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here
  • Tray Table Party Cart Set of 4: The “party cart” takes tray tables and combines them with a drop-leaf buffet table that stores them away instantly. Great for large gatherings and a quick set-up for when the party’s underway. Built to last with a Quality Guarantee. For more information on this particular piece, or to purchase, you can visit it here


Manchester Wood specializes in natural solid wood furniture made in the USA and can provide your living room (or any other room in your house for that matter) with everything from: solid cherry end tables, chair side magazine racks, glass display coffee tables, wooden desks, and much more! Plus, it’s a family owned and operated company so you can have satisfaction in knowing that there are family roots, on top of the most quality craftsmanship and highest grade hardwoods to be enjoyed for years to come.

For more ideas on furniture for your living room or other spaces in your house you can visit  our website here

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Made in USA Manufacturing: Forbes Says…

February 17, 2014

Made in USA Manufacturing -“more than half of made in USA manufacturing executives at companies with sales more than $1 billion plan re-shore production to the U.S. from China or are actively considering it, according to a 2013 survey by The Boston Consulting Group.”*

In a recent Forbes article Why ‘Made In The USA’ Is Making A Comeback discusses the hopes of major corporations “re-shoring” production to re-strengthen a once boisterous made in USA manufacturing culture. The biggest competitive advantage of a domestic supply chain for consumers? Shipping time.

With a long supply chain K’NEX had to make bets on which property would be hot six months or more ahead of the holiday shopping season, says CEO Michael Areten…

“We got a call from a retailer a few weeks before Christmas that they had shelf space to fill, and I told them we’ll make the products this week and fill the shelves next week,” Araten says. “You can’t do that if you’re bringing it in from Asia.”

We’d have to agree with this assessment on a macro level for the made in USA manufacturing discussion. Aside from quality and customer care, which we so strongly believe in at Manchester Wood delivery is a key element to success. Most of our handcrafted solid wood furniture made in the USA is packed and shipped typically within 48 hours of the order taking place. With most customers receiving their furniture within a week. Free shipping too! It’s not a bad business model for a small family-run furniture manufacturer like us. Discover the benefits of made in USA manufacturing, whether through large retailers carrying American made products or through local and direct retail outlets.

*PTCVoice: Why ‘Made In The USA’ Is Making A Comeback – Forbes. (n.d.). Retrieved from
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American Small Business Represented in Sochi

February 7, 2014
American Small Business at Sochi

Photograph by Bruce Lipsky/Florida Times-Union via AP Photo

An American small business makes small contribution to U.S. Olympic Team.

Kurt and Melissa Walchle, owners of Survival Straps believed regardless of Team USA’s big corporate clothing and equipment suppliers their 66 employees could supply just what they needed. And it happened. Now if only we could get them to think about an American small business making made in USA furniture for the team too!? 😉 

As Bloomberg Businessweek reported*, Survival Straps, which weaves sturdy bracelets from paracord: a material made for parachute ropes, began at their kitchen table selling on EBay. However, a few years went by, things got bigger, and like how its supposed to go in the “American dream” last year they made a deal to provide the U.S. Olympic Team with Team USA-emblazoned, red-white-and-blue bracelets and luggage tags.

I guess the marketing high of the Olympics isn’t reserved for just big companies anymore like Ralph Lauren – the team’s outfit designer and manufacturer. Is this a sign of American small business being proudly represented on the world stage some more? After all, 23 million American small businesses account for 54% of all U.S. sales.** They also provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s.**

Keep a look out for Survival Straps tonight at the Opening Ceremony and throughout the the Sochi Winter Olympic Games as a representation of all American small business, like ourselves and the many, many others. Let us know in the comment section if you see them!

*A Small Business Hopes to Spot Its Olympic Bracelets at Sochi – Businessweek. (Feb 6, 2014). Retrieved from
**Small Business Trends | (n.d.). Retrieved from