Lunch is an important part of the school day. Students use this time to nourish themselves so they can stay focused and productive the rest of the day, and it provides essential socialization time with friends. Whether you work at an elementary school or a high school, bench style seating is important for encouraging this socialization.
At School Outlet, we don’t just help you design classrooms–we also help you outfit other important areas of your school like the cafeteria. We carry a wide selection of bench cafeteria tables in different sizes and shapes to fit the size of your cafeteria and the students who use it.
Convertible Bench Table Options
Long Bench Style Cafeteria Tables
We carry classic rectangular bench tables from top brands like Virco and National Public Seating. These are tried-and-true tables that have withstood the test of time and are still used in cafeterias all over the country.
Virco Bench Style Mobile Cafeteria Tables are ideal for cafeterias, but they can be used for other purposes, too. They are easy to fold and stow away when not in use, and the wheels mean you can move them to other areas in your school when needed. They come in lengths ranging from 81” to 144” and seat heights from 15” to 17” to accommodate different school sizes and age groups.
When you have less space or fewer students, you might not need large, rectangular tables. We carry round cafeteria tables that might be the perfect fit.
The AmTab Round Mobile Bench Cafeteria Table is safe, durable, and easy to operate. AmTab tables are made in the USA and are perfect for heavy-use and multi-purpose environments. This 60”-diameter table comes with four separated benches and provides students with a comfortable place to sit while they eat and converse with each other.
Important Bench Table Features
It’s important to have school furniture that can take on a variety of needs. The primary use for bench tables in a cafeteria is for children to eat. Sometimes, staff eats here as well. However, you can use bench tables for science fairs, meetings, multiplication drills that are timed and held in the cafeteria, special after-school programs and clubs, assemblies and a place for parents to sit and mingle during their parent-teacher association meetings and other meetings. There is no limit to a bench table’s use. Since they’re easy to maneuver, you can easily move them to other areas of your school.
Because bench tables receive so much use, you also want the bench tables you choose for your school to be durable. You need sturdy surfaces for children to put their lunches and school materials while also providing a durable surface where children sit. Vinyl edging helps to prevent chipping, which can also help to prevent cuts and scrapes.
Children like to play wherever they are. This is true even if they’re in a cafeteria. Smooth surfaces on each table’s top and seating help to prevent scratches. Smooth corners prevent bruises and other injuries. You have the option to choose a table with wheel casters that help to maneuver tables in the cafeteria quickly to their chosen location. However, these caster lift to prevent tables from arbitrarily moving. Also, each table locks into position either when it is folded out to allow for eating and sitting and when it is folded up for easy storage.
Breakfast time and lunch time can move pretty fast. There are times children have to eat their food within 15 to 20 minutes. There are large schools that need to accommodate a high number of kids to feed throughout the day. It’s not uncommon for some schools to have a few lunch times in order to accommodate everyone. This means you need to have tables that are easy to clean. With the AmTab Bench, nonporous surfaces allow staff to quickly spray each table and wipe them down so that other students can sit and eat their lunch.
In addition to being easy to clean, the School Outlet’s tables are hygienic. They are antimicrobial, which is important in an environment where milk, bread and other food or drink items can spill and start growing mold. Nonporous surfaces also discourage the growth of viruses and bacteria.
You have the option of choosing rectangular tables or a circular table, depending upon your needs. Although, most schools choose rectangular tables to accommodate a large number of students, easy setup for lunch and their streamline dimensions make navigating the cafeteria easy to do in an organized manner.
Choosing the Right Bench Tables for Your School’s Cafeteria
School Outlet has the right tables for your needs. Whether for pretend play or outdoor furniture, you can find a high-quality product. We are dedicated to helping schools find the furniture they need at the best prices possible.
From preschools to high schools, we have the furniture you need to foster a productive, collaborative learning environment. Shop our full selection of school lunchroom tables today, and please contact us if you have any questions.