[Athen] adjustable tables for classrooms

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Fri Oct 2 12:37:21 PDT 2009

I have always preferred the Mayline Veritask bases
http://mayline.com/showcase/adjwrk.html and we typically have the tops made
locally so they match the other furniture in the room. You may find them on
your institutional buying agreements but tend to be very competitive. In my
experience crank based tables or chain drive mechanical tables are seldom
used because of the difficulty of adjustment and the noise they make when

Ron Stewart

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Jim Lenker
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 3:30 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] adjustable tables for classrooms

Dear ATHEN-ites,

A colleague in disability services asked if I could recommend an adjustable
table for use in classrooms on campus. An excerpt of her needs is below.

.."For the past few years Facilities has been placing tables in classrooms
for students who use wheelchairs and for whom the standard seating
arrangements are not conducive to their needs. Recently they have asked
that we give them a specific recommendation of a table that would be
appropriate for all students. It needs to be something that can be bolted
to the floor (so that it can not be moved to a different classroom
location.) My thoughts are that the height should be adjustable as well as
some students and some wheelchairs may have different height requirements.
They basically are looking for a pre-fabricated table that they can order
and then install in classrooms where wheelchair users are attending class."

I can identify numerous adjustable-height table options on the web, but I
would prefer to suggest something that has been battle-tested.

Many thanks for your suggestions!


James A. Lenker, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
University at Buffalo

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