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Catering Table Buying Guide

Catering Table Buying Guide
4 January 2016

Catering Tables

Catering tables while similar to banqueting tables are mainly used for display and for food service. You can use the same ranges for catering and banqueting however there are some elements that must be taken into consideration when buying a catering table. Catering tables can be used for a buffet style food and drink service, our bar height tables are great for a drink services as they are taller than the standard height. Strictly Tables and Chairs offers heavy duty contract use event furniture, that means any of the tables mentioned in this section will be suitable for use as a catering table.

Event Budget

Most events or companies have a budget and this will reflect the ranges that will be available for their needs. Strictly Tables and Chairs offers a selection of catering tables that will suit pretty much any event and budget. We have wooden and plastic ranges that we hold large stocks of and can be delivered next day, we also have bespoke lightweight tables that can be made to a custom specification. All of our tables are heavy duty tables and are made for contract use, they are built to be used in a commercial environment, however many consumers are so impressed by the quality they use them for their home functions and parties. The catering tables which use plywood and plastic table tops are available in an assortment of shapes and sizes and start from about £20.00 and go up to about £80.00 in price. We hold large quantities in stock and pass the savings on to our consumers, this also allows us to offer next day delivery on these ranges. Our bespoke made to order tables are the soft top, sever duty and aluminium table ranges. These tables have a longer lead time however can be manufactured to a custom spec and are priced between £100.00 and £300.00.

Table Shape

Our catering tables are available in square, rectangle, round, semi-circle and oval shapes. Depending on where and how the event furniture will be used will dictate the shape. Hotels with large buffets usually purchase long rectangular tables to keep their food service flowing. Wedding functions during their starter service choose round tables spread out in the room for guests to mingle and interact while moving around the room. Our semi-circle option has been used for wedding cake and wedding gift displays and makes a great impression.


Sometimes all the preparation and organization cannot make up for more guests showing up to a party, or damages to furniture you already own just before a party. When time is an issue and you need your event furniture next day Strictly Tables and Chairs has a next day solution for you. Our most popular catering tables are available on a next business day delivery when you order before 15:00 on any business day. The plywood and plastic catering tables are available for next business day delivery, that includes every size and shape.


Our catering table ranges consist of plywood, plastic, soft top, severe duty, melamine. Depending on the setting that the catering table will be used in can affect the decision of what the material of choice will be. Our plywood folding tables have visible rivets and should be used with a table cloth in a formal environment. On the other hand, the plastic range has an E-Z wipe table top and is great for food prep and food service. A detailed post explaining the differences of the types of table tops can be found here.