Lately I’ve been having this problem: my cell phone alarm goes off in the morning, and, as I fumble around with half-open eyes, I knock it (or a glass of water or my jewelry or my watch) on the floor. Like most household quandaries, this one can be solved with a tray; so I’m planning to swap my regular bedside table for a tray table. Tray tables have come a long way in recent years; a new array available in a rainbow of powder-coated hues will bring order—and style—to your life.
Above: The HAY Don’t Leave Me (DLM) Side Table comes in a range of colors like this pink available for 1,619 SEK ($174 USD) at Tambur in Sweden. For more neutral shades, Design Within Reach also stocks the table for $145. Above: The Duke Side Table from Nor11 comes in a creamy Antique White color, among other muted shades and metals; $208 at Danish Design Store. Above: On the lower end of the pricing spectrum, Ikea’s Gladom Tray Table comes in Dark Green only; $19.99 at Ikea. Above: The HAY Tray Side Table, shown here in Soft Yellow, comes in a range of colors; $175 at HAY. Above: The Mercer41 Murphy Round Metal Tray Table in yellow is $52.99 at Wayfair. Above: Designed by Henrik Pedersen for Houe, the Eyelet Outdoor Tray Table comes in Pigeon Blue (shown), Dusty Green, and other neutral shades; $140 at Danish Design Store. Above: My personal pick: the Navet Clamp Tray, shown in Pink but also available in Graphite, Burgundy, White, and Green, is a good add-on to convert a regular side table into one with a tray; 930 SEK ($100 USD) at Tambur in Sweden. Above: The Joss & Main Midcentury End Table in Green, Black, or Taupe is $97.99 at Joss & Main. Above: The Phoenix Butler Table comes in six different colors from Jardin in Melbourne, Australia. Contact Jardan for price and ordering information. For more on Jardan furniture see our post Small Footprint Furniture from a Melbourne Design Duo. Above: The Cane-Line On-the-Move Small Side Table designed by Strand + Hvass comes in 11 different colors (shown in Bordeaux Red); $395 at Cane-Line. Above: The Dowel Jones Hurdle Tray Side Table comes in blue (shown), pink, grey, black, and white; $240 at Dowel Jones. Above: Normann Copenhagen’s Box Table, shown in Cement Grey, is $240 at Normann Copenhagen.
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