Got the new trays but putting them together is hard

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
December 12, 2008 5:45pm CST
My husband has been looking for a couple of TV trays and it seems the old ones, the ones that our parents had, the ones that were in when we were in our twenties, they are not around. So we went to Sears and Zellers, and looked at the wooden trays that for all their woodiness, did not seem that steady. So my husband ordered those trays "as seen on TV" and was it a bother trying to get them together. You have to put one section into another, and hold the pins in at the same time, and also twist them, and both sides have to be even. Then we put the connecting rod in both sides, attach the tray, and that is that. Simple? Well if there are two of you, but my husband has arthritis, and when he gives directions, well it is like I am putting things in backyards. Well we now got the trays up, so now I had to clean out the closet to put them in as the bottom of the sofa is too low to slide them under. But it is well worth it. Now all I need to do is to buy my laptop, so I can use it while watching Tv.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
14 Dec 08
then you will have it made huh? Glad ya got them to gether
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
16 Dec 08
We got the "as seen on TV" ones, and they work quite well. They are adjustable so do not have to worry about height.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
17 Dec 08
sound very nice!
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@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I know exactly what you mean. I have one and it was quite an experience trying to do it alone, but we do use it all the time.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Dec 08
Yes after all that work putting it together, you have to use it. What gets me is that the customs and duty was almost as much as the actual trays themselves. At least I hope it was just the price, but almost $40.00 to pay the URC man for two trays? I guess I will think hard before I order something "as seen on TV." and I did want to get one of those Buxton bag organizers.
@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I remember the simple old trays we used to use when I was a little girl. My grandmom had like a set of 4 or something and all you had to do was basically unfold them. I used to love them. Of course, nothing is ever simple anymore these days. I am sure all the trays have added contraptions and features that make them a hassle to set up, but they probably ARE nice once the initial setting them up is over. Have a great weekend, and enjoy your new trays!
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• United States
3 Jan 09
ty for br :-) happy holidays!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
13 Dec 08
Do you know that I have never owned a tv tray.I think that it would be good to use if I was sick in bed and had to eat. I now use a book and pray that I won't spill any food on the bed! Where I am living now is laughingly called my retirement home. It is small and since I moved into it it has been overflowing with people.|It only has 2 bedrooms with bathroom en suite and one huge room that has the kitchen at one end, then the dining table etc and the sitting room is at the other end of this room. I added a small extension that I call the sun room and this doubles as extra living room space or a bedroom when we are all packed up like sardines. Stay with me on this - will eventually get to the point.LOL. Therefore if I want to watch tv whilst eating then I can do whilst seated at my dining room table. Boy - am I long winded or what? I am sorry though that it took so long to assemble. I am not good on doing things like that and could not have managed. I am happy that you like them. Have a good evening. Blessings Therefore
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Dec 08
My husband wants us to move into a senior's apartment in a couple of years. I find it hard to manage in our house, not enough places to put things, so how am I going to do in an apartment? Those trays were hard to assemble, but I did it. But the shipping and handling cost and the duty were as much as the trays themselves.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Things are so complicated nowadays! My stepmom gave me a set of tv trays that she got at a yard sale, they are just like the ones we used to have! They really come in handy for me. I don't eat on them but I use them as end tables in the guest room, a little table for my mom in her room for her stuff, one in the basement just for little things. How did things get so complicated?
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
16 Dec 08
I have no idea. Those tv trays were so flimsy, it is a wonder the food stayed on them while we were eating.
• United States
13 Dec 08
We have folding wooden trays that we use to hold extra platters when we have people over for dinner. We never eat in front of the television so we don't call them TV trays. I have used ours to set my craft work on when I am watching television.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Dec 08
I was thinking of using them for reading, but not for eating that much. I am always getting up and down, so does no good just to sit behind it.
@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Cool and congrats.. I have been wanting some t.v trays also since it seems that is were my hubby wants to eat and relax in front of the t.v. I am also thinking of purchasing a laptop..but not ill my birthday.
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@reinydawn (11650)
• United States
13 Dec 08
That's a drag because I have been wanting to get some TV trays. I guess I'm going to have a hard time finding them....
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@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
3 Jan 09
We LOVE the wooden TV trays--we used to have the old type ones too (I don't know what happened to them). Actually we love to (with our desktop) put the keyboard and mouse. It makes it easier (even if it's corded, better if it's wireless). Also, you can use it for your food & drink. NO! One user suggested about being sick, well it's good for that, but we aren't sick/ill...and we see advantages to them, too. I find it's easy to use with laptop, as well as doing research, writing out bills, writing papers, writing letters, etc. What were the ones shown on TV? What type of material were they made from? Thank you for your kind response. Pablo