Table lifts have revolutionized the way we use and interact with desks, production lines, storage, and multiple other uses of these devices. Their smart controls and ease of use have made them staples in homes, offices, and industries worldwide. This page is dedicated to understanding what table lifts are, their uses and benefits, and how you can pick the best option for your requirements.
What is a Table Lift?
A table lift, or a lifting table, is a standard table enhanced with a lifting mechanism. The height of the tabletop in such constructions can be regulated either manually with a contraption such as a crank, or via remote control through the use of electric linear actuators. Table lifts can vary in size and shape depending on the user’s needs.
Why is this type of furniture growing in popularity? Firstly, it is a technological solution-based piece of furniture that will enhance any interior. Secondly, with the ability to regulate the tabletop height, you can transform the table to fit your work or leisure needs, as well as adapt to individuals of varying heights. Thirdly, due to the unique construction, such tables can be portable and can be easily compacted and transported. If you are thinking about purchasing an automated table, choosing a table lift style that meets your needs and environment is essential.
Our lifting columns are designed with lightweight aluminum and durable steel and are ideal for high load applications. Lifting columns can be bought in a number of quantities depending on the number required and range in capabilities. Their simple, maintenance-free design is resistant to dust and moisture, making them extremely reliable devices. Adjustable lifting columns are ideal for custom cabinetry, vehicle medication, home automation or adjusting workstation and table height. They are more suitable towards industrial style workstations, however, due to the amount of force they are built to withstand.
How Does a Table Lift Work?
Linear actuators do all of the work in the vast majority of lifting solutions. One or several actuators can be attached to the table lift base to set all the lifting activity in motion. A DC/AC motor is connected directly to a set of gears and rotates a lead screw to extend and retract telescopic columns.
The use of a table lift is simple; via our control boxes and compatible remote controls, the height of the frame can be raised or lowered based on the requirements of the user. Via the remote control that comes with your desk frame, you simply select your height and with the push of the button, the frame raises and lowers accordingly.
Some tables lift remote controls have preset options, allowing you to set a height and save it thanks to the memory control feature. Therefore, whether you are using you table frame for an office, home or industrial environment, you preferred heights will be saved.
Table Lift Parts
Below we have listed the basic construction of a table lift, and the components that work in sync to produce the table frame mechanism.
The platform refers to the top of the table lift where the items that require to be raised or lowered sit. This aspect of the frame is designed to withstand a variety of environments, making it extremely durable.
As the foundation of the table frame, the base is constructed to be durable, sturdy, and reliable. They provide a strong support to the motorized legs and provide an added layer of support to the frame.
The motorized legs are the key components in the moving mechanism of a table lift. They are extendable and retractable based on their 3-stage dual-motor design, giving the user their desired height adjustability.
The Control Unit
The control unit is the central hub for adjusting the height of the table lift, controlling the movement and speed of the actuators within the table frame via remote control.
The Power Source
Without the power source, motorized movement would not be possible. It provides power to the entire system and enables the height to be adjusted via remote control.
Table Lift Applications
Table lifts can be used for various purposes in home and office and in industrial settings. Let’s take a look at the most common ones.
Home & Office
The most popular use of a table lift is as the foundation of a standing desk. The ability to adjust the height of a table is the key feature, allowing selection of the user’s desired table height.
Note also that due to the specific construction of the table lifts’ electric mechanism, it’s simple to organize the computer wires and other peripherals through added cable management accessories that are easily integrated with the standing desk.
It may seem that any compact surface can serve as a coffee table. Nonetheless, a small electric lift table definitely adds a bit of a futuristic note to your interior. As such, your enhanced coffee table will make a great piece of minimalistic or hi-tech furniture.
Notice that a lifting mechanism can not only serve as a holder for the whole tabletop space but for its separate elements as well, like in the picture below.
Additionally, if need be, enhanced compact table models can be easily folded and put away. That’s why such iterations of lifting tables are used by the owners of studio apartments as a way to occupy less space.
Continuing on the topic of domestic convenience, table lifts can also be used to enhance a kitchen table or worktop. Small kitchens are an issue of many living spaces and thanks to the frame’s adjustability in width and height, it is an effective solution to adjust the frame to your kitchen’s requirements and space restrictions. Also, lift-based tables can be highly compact and folded at any time to be hidden away for the sake of freeing up space.
Table lifts can be efficiently used outside of professional areas. For instance, you can modernize your laundry room with this practical piece of furniture. Whether it is a stand-alone fixture or a lift table on wheels, it can be adjustable for an array of tasks. If ironing, ensure the tabletop you pair with the table lift is composed out of the heat-resistant, moisture-repellent materials.
A kid’s room is yet another place where this piece of the interior can provide some useful functionality. Children are constantly outgrowing their clothes, toys, and more expensively, furniture. However, with an adjustable desk frame, their table can remain a constant in their rooms. Simply raising the table as they grow is a great solution to constantly upgrading or replacing their existing furniture.
Outdoor table lifts are made using moisture-resistant materials that are non-susceptible to corrosion, direct sun rays, wood pests, and critical temperatures. Pairing the desk frame with a highly protected tabletop is imperative for durability in the outside environment. Therefore, the foundation of the outdoor use lift tables is based on linear actuators with the Ingress Protection marking IP67 and higher (the second digit indicates the reliability of inner elements’ protection from liquids - the higher it is, the better the device is reinforced in this aspect).
Manufacturers tend to also feature outdoor table lifts with special wheels for movement (a special kind is required because such tables are usually quite heavy).
Manufacturing & Storage Spaces
The technical specifications of models intended for such industrial purposes differ from models and specifications used for domestic purposes. It starts visually. Factories typically require larger, sturdier tables to cater for the significant weight requirements. On top of that, industrial table lifts should feature durable metallic tabletops as well as more complex lifting mechanisms.
In such table lift models, security functions are more advanced than in other models. Providers frequently add a switchboard to the construction for reducing the short circuit chances as well as a speed limiter for precisely fixating the tabletop height. Specific applications in manufacturing and storage spaces includes loading and unloading, conveyer belt systems, pallet handling, and so on.
How to Choose the Right Table Lift?
We have compiled and listed the key aspects you should keep in mind when selecting your table lift. The below points have been outlined to ensure that all aspects of your decision making have been covered and to ensure the table lift you purchase is completely suited to your requirements.
Size & Purpose of the Table
What exactly are you using the adjustable desk frame for? For instance, if you need a table lift for work, your workplace is better kept as ergonomic and comfortable as possible. Therefore, customize your desk to ensure it is compatible with your environment and space to result in maximum productivity.
Regarding the size of your desk frame, for an adult the common standard height is typically at least 29-31 inches. For people who are over 5 feet tall, it should be proportionally increased. The optimal tabletop width is, usually, 19 inches. However, you need to make adjustments based on your own requirements. For instance, if you are an architect or painter looking for a work desk, you should boost that up to 27-31 inches so that an A2 sheet of paper could be conveniently placed there. We’d also recommend selecting the tabletop that is at least 27 inches long.
Pay special attention to details when selecting a desk for children. The height here can vary between 27 - 29 inches, depending on the child’s height. The child’s legs should be placed freely under the desk and their arms should also be placed on top of the desk comfortably.
What Type is Best?
There are a number of desk frame types to choose from; the optimum choice is solely based on the user’s space and preferences.
- Straight, standard frames. The classic option that fits any type of room. Be mindful of the dimensions of the frame you choose to ensure it doesn’t clash with space restrictions.
- Cornered, angled frames. These are usually compact and accessible table lift models. While offering more space and larger in size, the capacity of your space should be considered prior to purchase.
Pairing your table lift with a compatible tabletop is the critical to get right. Consider the environment your table frame will be situated and how the tabletop will fit that environment. There are a number of tabletop materials to choose from, with some popular choices listed below:
- Wood chipboard. This is the most cost-saving option, however, formaldehyde can be added to the mix for sawdust gluing, which can be bad for children and people with allergies.
- Medium-density fiberboard. This is a more expensive analog to wood chipboard that features carbamide resin in its gluing mixture, which is considered harmless.
- It’s better to go for tabletops made with stained glass - they are more shock- and scratch-proof. The disadvantage of such models is that their surface gets quite cold at times.
- Epoxy resin. During the last few years tabletops based on the colored epoxy resin and acryl have become particularly popular. These are very stylish decorative solutions.
- Desktops for manufacturing and outdoor use are usually made out of metals. Such solutions are quite heavy, which should be considered from the get-go.
- The most popular word types for desktops are cherry, beech, and nutwood. There can be more expensive models, though, based on the oak, red or black tree.
- Artificial stone. As opposed to the natural stone, its artificial analog is lighter, simpler to process, and non-radioactive (like the natural marble). This is a great choice for interiors made in the Scandinavian style.
Quality of Details
Before making a final purchase, thoroughly check your future work desk - all the drawers and cabinets should be easily, smoothly opened and closed. They should be positioned in a straight manner - if you see any strikingly crooked elements, you may experience further issues with your mediocre-quality purchase. All in all, make sure all the mechanisms function properly. Don’t forget to look at all the angles and edges – there shouldn’t be any chafing’s, abrasions, and irregularities. It is crucial to thoroughly check the overall quality before making a purchase and also after-purchase examination.
To summarize, a table lift makes a multipurpose interior piece that can be used either as a workplace appliance or a great decorative element. Whichever option you choose, with a good, quality table lift, you’ll manage to reach the ultimate balance between functionality and visual aesthetics.
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