A play table is a useful addition to any child’s room, providing the benefit of an all-in-one play area and integral storage. The choice can be overwhelming but these examples represent some of the most popular options and best value.
KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Table – looks similar but there are subtle differences. The price is a little bit higher at around £189.95 but you do get more pieces. You also get 3 storage bins rather than a single drawer; and it is a bit bigger (5 cm wider and 4 cm deeper). Dimensions: W124 x H41 x D87 cm.
For the money, it isn’t bad value and the reviews are positive, in the main. Some people have remarked that the train isn’t great quality though.
The track is compatible with Thomas & Friends and Brio wooden train sets (as is the ELC version) if you want to add a train or two at a later date.
Plum Train and Track Activity Table – a modern design which, again, has a train track as its theme. Priced at around £250 it’s a fair bit more expensive then the two options above. It does come with a 140 piece railway set though. There is also the benefit of a large drawer at each side. The top is also reversible with a town centre scene on one side and a rural village landscape on the other.
Dimensions: W125 x H45 x D80 cm. Bearing in mind this table costs over twice as much as the ELC version it’s hard to justify the extra expense but it maybe worth looking out for price reductions during the summer when there is less demand?
Melissa and Doug Multi-Activity Play Table – features a play surface which lifts up to reveal a large storage space for all their toys. Plus, there’s a small drawer in the side for bits and pieces. The table is ideal for playing board games, assembling Lego or piecing together a jigsaw. There isn’t a train set with this version although you can buy one separately.
This table measures W127 x H44.5 x D82.5 cm and retails at around £99.99. If you like the idea of being able to store a load of stuff within then this may a good buy, but for play alone it’s not a good deal as the others.