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Gopak Folding Tables - Product Guide

29 October 2011  |  Admin

Our old friends at Gopak have been manufacturing lightweight folding tables since 1947. Today, Gopak folding tables are among the most popular in the UK.

The UK being densely populated, schools, community centres and village halls usually have limited storage space. UK commercial furniture often needs to be adaptable, to best utilise the available space.

Lightweight folding tables are now an essential part of countless UK organisations, and Gopak folding tables lead the way. We take a look at the most popular Gopak ranges and detail their various benefits.

Gopak Economy folding tables

It is often assumed that the Economy series is somehow weaker than more expensive Gopak tables - this is not the case. Why are Gopak Economy folding tables cheaper?

  1. Table top dimensions. Economy series is available in only two widths (compared to three or four in all other ranges) and is not available in 1520mm (5') length. Limited options save money in manufacture.
  2. Table height. Gopak Economy folding tables are available in 698mm height only.
  3. Laminate finish. Gopak Economy folding tables are available in four laminate finishes only.

Gopak Economy folding tables are structurally as strong as more expensive Contour folding tables.

Gopak Contour folding tables

Contour folding tables can be identified firstly by their contoured Aluminium surface edging (extrusion). This contour finish is purely aesthetic, however Contour folding tables do offer some nice features beyond those of the cheaper Economy folding table.

  1. Improved folding mechanism. In recent years, Gopak introduced an easy to use guided folding mechanism.
  2. Wide table top dimensions. Contour folding tables are available in 760mm (30") width, which in practical terms allows for a seating position at the table ends. Contour is also available in 1520mm (5') lengths.
  3. Laminate finish. Gopak Contour folding tables use the same high quality Formica laminate finish as the cheaper Economy folding table range, however Contour offers 16 different finishes.

Contour folding tables offer the widest range of lightweight options, however they're so lightweight that some customers prefer to use the Contour Plus series.

Gopak Contour Plus folding tables

Contour Plus folding tables are available in the same sizes and colours as Contour (although not in children's heights). Again it is important to stress that Contour Plus is not designed to be stronger than Contour or Economy - the modification relates to the tables stability in certain usage.

Contour Plus features an internal steel structure within the Aluminium leg. This increases the tables weight and reduces friction when a table is accidentally knocked. For these reasons, Contour Plus folding tables are better suited to dining use, where accidental knocks might spill a drink on the lighter tables (Economy & Contour).

Gopak Premier folding tables

Premier folding tables offer significant benefits beyond Economy, Contour and Contour Plus. Again - these tables are not designed to be stronger than any other the other ranges, however Premier does offer a polyurethane edge (in place of the Aluminium extrusion).

The Polyurethane edge presents a flat profile, allowing Premier tables to be abutted, particularly for meeting room use. Premier's polyurethane edge is also impervious to water. Premier folding tables are available in the full range of sizes, including children's heights. Furthermore, Premier uses the same frame structure as Contour Plus, using Dual-Composite (Steel & Aluminium) leg.

Gopak Folding Tables overview

We're yet to discuss the benefits of Gopak Vantage & Universal folding tables, which tend to suit a niche market.

Whichever Gopak Folding Table you choose, you can be sure of a high quality, long lasting product. It is most important to know that even the cheaper Economy folding table is a superb example of commercial furniture design, engineering and manufacture.

Kirkhouse sales team is on hand to discuss the various benefits. Dimensions and folding table specification are also available from our online commercial furniture shop.

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