Hey all, please direct me to any community that would better serve me for this question and I will gladly delete here and move it there.

My conundrum: I have an old dining room table that is 30” high, 71” long, and 37.5” wide. It’s in my basement and sits against the wall when not in use and can be pulled out for room to sit on all sides.

I have 5 adult players and am adding a 6th to our table. It’s fine except for needing room for snacks and player accessories (sheets, dice, dice trays, etc).

I thought about getting a larger table that is foldable.

My other thought is what kind of accessories could I get that would help them be able to place things on the table but also leave room for my mat and miniatures? Is there anything that I could clamp on? Are there stands?

What options do I have? Money isn’t an object here, but I don’t want to have to break the bank if there are other options that I could do cheaper.

  • @[email protected]
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    1 month ago

    You put so much effort into your post but my simplistic answer is: we put TV trays next to the players. Like the kind you use while sitting on a couch, not lap trays - the ones that have legs down to the floor.

    • @WindyRebelOP
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      11 month ago

      That’s a good idea as well. How does that work when there are 3 adults on one side at a 6ft length table?

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        21 month ago

        I have four total at an oval-shaped table, so I dunno. Check out a few things; see what might work for your particular situation. You may even have to try a couple different things.

        You could get a foldable card table if you need something larger, for example.

        • @WindyRebelOP
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          21 month ago

          Yeah, that’s what I was thinking initially was a larger foldable table - like an events table

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        21 month ago

        I have 5 people at a smaller table for my games, so we just use less trays, and they share. One for me as the GM, and one per two players

        • @WindyRebelOP
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          11 month ago

          Interesting. Can you explain more what this looks like and/or what trays?

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            21 month ago

            I just have little rattan tables, about a foot square surface area, but any TV tray-like table would work. One between each set of two players, and one next to me at the head of the table

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    51 month ago

    Can the table expand to add a leaf? Can it be modified to expand to add a leaf?

    Otherwise, best options are under-table trays and drink holders.

    • @WindyRebelOP
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      21 month ago

      Unfortunately, it’s a set/solid wood table (Amish made). It’s a solid top and legs at the corners. That’s why I was thinking about an entirely new table or these “accessories” to add

    • @WindyRebelOP
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      11 month ago

      Hmm. I here would this go and how would it work at a table? It’s definitely interesting!

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        31 month ago

        It’s just my go-to for making a big table a little bigger and more accessible. Can be helpful for placing miniatures on so you can spin it around instead of stretching across the table.

        • @WindyRebelOP
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          21 month ago

          So you put maps, minis, and other stuff on top of the lazy Susan, leaving the table itself free for food, sheets, and dice?

  • @WindyRebelOP
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    1 month ago

    I’m almost thinking about buying something like this, but building it upside down? Essentially like a pull out but on top of the table (more a stand?)

    Or several of these?

    I don’t know. 🤣

    • Snailpope
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      31 month ago

      I really like the keyboard tray, folding under the table is great for dice or small plates or bowls for snaking.

    • @[email protected]
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      21 month ago

      You don’t want to build it upside down. My current DM tried something like that in a similar situation, and it being above normal tabletop height makes it super inconvenient

      • @WindyRebelOP
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        11 month ago

        Yeah, it was a gamble for sure. What do you think of the other trays I linked?

  • @joel_feila
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    21 month ago

    A cheaper option then buying a new table. Add either shallow draws or keyboard trays.