Wheelchair Accessible Picnic Tables
Whenever your family has a nice afternoon out to the picnic area, no one should be left out of having a seating area around the table. Thanks to these ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant picnic tables, everyone can be seated around the same table while enjoying both the company and the food.
For a picnic table to be labeled as ADA compliant it has to properly adhere to strict guidelines to make sure it is correctly accommodating to handicapped guests. For instance; the table top of an ADA table must be 28-34” high with at least 27” of clear space beneath it to have room for knee clearance. They must also contain at least 19” of horizontal clear space beneath the table top to allow the person to sit close to the table. These guidelines help to guarantee that any ADA approved table is as accommodating as possible and allow everyone to have a comfortable and enjoyable time on their picnic.
Accessible picnic tables can be found in every material that regular picnic tables are made out of including: thermoplastic coated metal picnic tables, recycled plastic picnic tables, concrete picnic tables, wooden picnic tables, and more.
One common misconception about wheelchair accessible picnic tables is that they are all rectangular with one extended end. This is false. Thanks to modern design being implemented ADA picnic tables are now available is several different styles, colors and sizes. Round tables hold a high popularity due to the fact that they offer the individual in the wheelchair a choice of where to sit rather than be limited to the end of the table and also allow all who sit at it to reach the center of the table.
Another misconception that has taken hold is that ADA Picnic Tables are more expensive than your regular tables. This is incorrect also. Accessible picnic tables do not have their cost inflated compared to your average table of the same material and size. This makes the choice of purchasing an accessible table very easy if you expect that you may require one.
Choosing the style and shape of your table depends greatly on the intended use and how many guests you expect to be using it. If you’re expected groups of less than eight (8) people then a round, square or hexagonal shape will work out just fine. However, if groups of more than eight people are expected then a rectangular table would be better suited for the task because of their higher seating capacity.