How Strong is Your Trestle Table?

Trestle Tables

How Strong is Your Trestle Table?

How strong is a trestle table?  If you are buying one of these tables it’s worth knowing just how good it is and what you might be able to put on your table before you risk breaking it. At Ningbo Furniture we sell heavy duty trestle tables

A little while ago, we did a few experiments to find out whether our (Ningbo) trestle tables were the strongest. We concluded that even with 500kg of weight on one of our 6ft wooden top tables, it was still standing firm.

Testing Trestle Tables Strength

Of course, it got us wondering what sort of things might weigh up to 500kg and so would also be a comfortable fit for one of our trestle tables (in terms of weight at least – have you tried coaxing an elephant onto a table? It’s a nightmare!) We don’t recommend you try any of these at home or try and test the limits of your table too much (that’s just silly!) but we thought it would be a fun way of showing that these things are pretty strong!

Who needs a trestle table anyway?

Before we have a look at what weird and wonderful things you could get on your table, it’s worth noting who might need one. Trestle tables are pretty versatile and for that very reason we find that all kinds of different people are likely to buy one or more.

Perhaps you’re a regular seller at a car boot sale and need some extra display space – trestle tables are perfect for this. Maybe you have a charity stall at a market or attend a summer fair every year and you want to be able to set up and pack away quickly – again ideal. Or perhaps you need quite a few tables, that are lightweight but strong, so you can set up for a function in a church hall or community centre. Trestle tables are just all around very useful, convenient and STRONG.

What is it that makes our trestles tables quite so strong?  (The science bit)

The table used in our aforementioned experiment is 6ft x 2ft 6in and the table surface is 15mm thick and made from a single piece of exterior grade plywood. The table weighs 21.5kg, which is sturdy but still very light considering the overall strength. Here’s what helps to deliver that strength and loading capacity:

  • Wishbone style, steel frame with foldable legs
  • Industrial strength leg-locking mechanism
  • Bolt through construction

Table Legs Folded

So, there you have it – a simple yet very effective way of making these tables really, really strong.

Lions and tigers and bricks

Now for the fun part! We said at the outset that our table was still standing strong with 500kg on it, so let’s see what else might work other than a pile of product boxes.

Believe it or not, you (and rather you than us) could squeeze on 3 adult lions – 2 males and a female and as long as they weren’t hungry it could be a roaring success!


If you prefer your big cats stripey, (and who doesn’t?) then how about 2 tigers, 1 male (approx. 310kg) and 1 female (approx. 170kg). That would be Grrreat…or something like that.


If we are going to stay true to our sub heading above, then we need to tell you about bricks – now bricks are a bit boring, they don’t roar and they don’t hunt gazelle (by the way you could get 35 gazelle – the ones lions like, on your table) but who knows, someone may want to build a tiny house.

Well, just like lions and tigers, bricks come in different shapes and sizes but an average red clay brick is thought to weigh around 2.7kg so that’s around 185 bricks for your tiny house or perhaps you might have to settle for an average sized post-box. That’s more than you’re legally allowed to carry in a Renault Clio 1.2l you know. Get building!

Stacked Bricks

Addressing the elephant on the table

As with the above mammals, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever need to put an elephant on your table but if you really, really wanted to, make it baby elephants – at around 91kg each, you could (pachyderm) 5 of them on!

Baby Elephants

Rounding off the living creature theme, an average sized, male salt water crocodile (450kg), one of the largest kinds of grizzly bear (408kg), a thoroughbred racehorse (500kg) or 21 adult male emperor penguins (23kg each) would also pass the “how strong is your trestle table” test. Happy days! (Or should that be feet?)

Tea for two? And the rest!

6ft Trestle Table with chairs

You may only be able to seat 6 people around one of these 6ft tables but if you wanted to serve tea at the local village fair, you could get more than 158,000 tea bags on one table, 500 bags of sugar on another and on a third table, 2500 paper cups. Once you have sorted out some giant urns of hot water, you have yourself a bona fide tea shop! If you can’t be bothered with tea, then how about muffins – about 5000 blueberry muffins. Hungry?

Blueberry Muffins

Is it cool to bend the rules?

For our next trick, we need to cheat. Just a little bit. How, you say! Well, we need to put two trestle tables together, side by side. If you allow us this liberty, we present to you…VROOOOOM! Yes, you guessed it (actually, you probably didn’t) a Formula One car complete with driver of your choice resting comfortably on two trestle tables!

F1 Car

We are absolutely convinced this would be the most popular stall at your local jumble sale. Yes, apparently, 733kg is the minimum weight permissible for a Formula One car – that’s without any fuel on board – but at least you get the driver! Who would you pick?

Okay, so we may have stretched the realms of reality a touch in this article but we really just wanted to emphasise this point…Our trestles tables are really strong!