10 TV Trays for Eating on the Couch

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If you’re hosting a movie night anytime soon (or just planning on eating a meal while binge-watching the latest Netflix series), we suggest taking a look at these snack trays. Why? You really shouldn’t make guests hunch over the coffee table to eat. And you shouldn’t either! Once you get one (or more!), you’ll wonder how you ever handled TV dinners before.

  1. Acrylic Tray Table, $80 at CB2: This low-profile tray is made out of clear acrylic and copper, giving it a decidedly modern look. Plus, the tray is removable, which makes it extra easy for kitchen-to-living room serving.
  2. Oak Snack Table, $70 at Houzz: What’s unique about this table is its U-shaped design, which allows you to pull it real close to you. It’s especially great if you’re eating messy foods.
  3. Folding TV Tray Set, $70 for two at Target: These lightweight folding trays are made out of metal, but the bright-blue coloring and adorable print make them look miles away from industrial.
  4. Zuma Trays, $30 at Crate & Barrel: With built-in handles for easy carrying, this tray (available in a rainbow of colors) is perfect for setting directly on your lap. When it’s not meal time, keep it on the coffee table to corral your remotes and other knickknacks.
  5. Acacia Wood Tray, $30 at Bed, Bath & Beyond: Whether you’re eating on the couch or in bed (no judgment!), this handsome wooden tray is made to go over your lap. Bonus: It folds flat for easy storage.
  6. Wood & Glass Tray, $165 at Scully & Scully: This Mac Daddy of breakfast-in-bed trays (complete with side pockets for magazines, newspapers, and remotes) is made for serious TV watchers.
  7. Folding Tray Table, $38 at Wayfair: Available in blue or dusty pink, this wooden folding table can add a shabby-chic touch to your living room.
  8. Modern Tray Table, $44 at All Modern: Brighten up your living room with this orange metal tray table, which will make any weekday meal feel a little more exciting.
  9. Couch Arm Table, $135 at Uncommon Goods: If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, this wooden table — made specifically to hug your couch’s arm — is for you.
  10. Sofa Arm Tray, $60 at Improve Results: Even more low-profile than the option above, this flexible wooden tray simply drapes over your couch’s arm and either sits flat or rolls up for storage.
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