Blog posts tagged with 'tables'

Can a folding table hold 800 pounds?

6ft Fold in Half Table with Weight

We got asked a question that is asked a lot of us (and not a surprising question given our clientele) – can a folding table hold 800 pounds. The short answer is yes, a folding table can hold 800 pounds. The long answer is that yes, a folding table can hold 800 pounds but it depends on the size of table, the manufacturer of the table and oftentimes – the cost of the table. Unfortunately something as seemingly simple as a folding table doesn’t mean all folding tables are the same.

The reason I say it depends on the size of the table is because an 8ft rectangle table has a larger surface area and a more vulnerable middle section that is less supported than a 4ft rectangle table for example.

The manufacturer of the table matters because if a supplier is speccing down the folding table to cost less money (because their market demands it or they want to make more profit margin) this could equate to a lower quality table. Rental Companies generally don’t like to buy folding tables from a big box store like Canadian Tire or Walmart for example as the folding tables from those suppliers are often made for residential, light use – instead of commercial, heavy duty use.

The cost of the table often dictates whether a supplier has specced down the folding table or buying from a lower cost manufacturer that uses thinner steel for the legs, recycled (breakable) plastic for the top, chipboard with wood veneer instead of solid wood for the top etc. When part of your livelihood depends on whether you are renting out a good quality product (and that the product lasts for many rentals allowing you a higher return on your initial investment) it makes sense to take into account that the product you buy is a solid product that can hold a lot of weight.

Here are the folding tables that we sell that can hold 800 lbs:

If you’re interested in a quote for any of our folding tables that can hold 800lbs or more:


How to attach plastic folding table skirting clips

So I had my mind blown yesterday about plastic folding table skirting clips. I assumed that I knew how to attach plastic folding table skirting clips to a table. But you know what they say about assuming…. Turns out I was completely wrong. I would’ve never even thought about there being a right or wrong way to attach skirting clips. However, not only have I been attaching them wrong, but I’ve also been attaching them in a way that can cause them to break! No one wants to have to deal with that.

Because I had my mind blown I thought I wasn’t the only one who may be attaching plastic table skirting clips incorrectly – and thought I’d share the knowledge to stop clip breaking in its tracks. Check it out below. If you already knew this – feel free to take this post as your source of Tuesday entertainment. I feel pretty sheepish right now!

1. Take plastic table skirting clip and ensure the clip is facing with the opening towards the table edge.

Plastic Table Skirting Clips

2. Place the curled bottom underneath the table and move along until it clips into place

Plastic Table Skirting Clips

3. Slide top of the clip over the top of the table edge

Plastic Table Skirting Clips

Plastic Table Skirting Clips

I had been placing the top of the clip over the top of the table edge and then forcing the curled bottom over.

Plastic Table Skirting Clips

Pretty much a broken clip waiting to happen. Hope this little insight helps keep table skirting clips around longer for you!

If you’re interested in a quote for plastic table skirting clips:


How to Replace the Locking Pin (Cotter Pin) on a Folding Cocktail Table

The most common problem that folding cocktail tables have is the spring inside the locking pin will break – making it impossible for the table to be properly locked into a setup position. This causes a stability issue with the tables that rental companies, hotels, banquet halls and golf courses obviously want to avoid. We have the locking cotter pins in stock should this happen to you and have documented in the below post how to go about replacing the locking pin (cotter pin) on your folding cocktail table.

The locking cotter pin is comprised of three parts: the pin itself (A), the spring (B) and the ring (C).

Locking Cotter Pin Parts

You will need to remove the damaged locking pin by folding up the table and then removing the ring from the pin. This will allow you to slide out the pin with broken spring to the left out of the hole.

Here is what a new pin will look like when you receive it.

Cotter Pin Assembled

In order to install the pin, you need to remove the ring from the pin – similar to removing a key from a keyring.

Cotter Pin Ring Removed

To install the new cotter pin, slide the spring and pin into the hole of the folding cocktail table. The spring should be between the hole and pin with the pin’s eye on the right.

Cotter Pin Inserted

To get it working properly, you need to push and use your strength to hold the pin + spring in so that the pin’s eye is showing on the right side of the leg.

Cotter Pin Inserted

From here, you will put the ring on through the eye. I just put it on a little bit so the cotter pin wouldn’t shoot out to the left.

Cotter Pin Inserting Ring

This allowed me to use both hands to put the ring fully on.

Assembled Cotter Pin

There you have it – a fully locking cotter pin for your folding cocktail table.

Fully Locking Cotter Pin

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Where to Buy Event Tables in Bulk

Party Rental Companies, banquet halls, convention centres and hotels all need a large number (at least 10-12 event tables to have a 100 person event) of event tables in order to seat corporate events, conferences, and weddings. There are definitely table manufacturers out there that can custom make folding tables for you – but there are also event table suppliers out there that specialize in keeping stock for organizations buying event tables in bulk. Here are some of the companies you can turn to:

P.R.E. Sales – Based in California, P.R.E Sales Inc is a direct importer and distributor of high quality folding tables. Similar to our philosophy, PRE Sales believes in rigorous testing both in factory and in-house to ensure their products are durable and high quality for the rental industry.

McCourt Manufacturing – Based in Arkansas, McCourt Manufacturing both manufacturers and stocks plastic and wood event tables for a variety of organizations. They specialize in manufacturing high quality event folding tables and take pride in having manufacturing based in the USA.

Palmer Snyder – Based in Wisconsin with its factory in Pennsylvania, Palmer Snyder is an American manufacturer and distributor of commercial portable furniture, specializing in products that excel in portability, stackability and storability.

MityLite - MityLite is a global manufacturer of professionally designed, highly durable furniture products. They have been manufacturing meeting, event, and banquet furniture for 25 years. They tend to be the most costly supplier on this list – with the durability to back the price.

At National Event Supply we pride ourselves in sourcing quality durable event tables that companies can buy in bulk at a moment’s notice. We visit our factories on a semi-annual basis and do in-house testing on event tables to ensure our products will hold up to the rigors of the event industry. With warehouses in Vancouver, BC and Mississauga, ON we routinely ship coast to coast across Canada and believe in having responsive customer service so the customer leaves happy.

If you’re interested in a quote on our wood or plastic event tables: