Friday, May 23, 2014

What to Look At When Choosing a Drafting Table or Desk


Drafting tables are used by all types of artists, illustrators and draftsmen. They are also used for crafts and photography. A good drafting table or desk can last for decades. There are currently many different types of tables and desks available for all types of work. There are several things to look at when choosing a drafting table.

Size of the Work Surface

The first thing to consider is the size of the work surface. There are compact drafting tables available and very large desks. It is important to consider the largest sized board or paper that will be used on the desk. An overly large surface can make it difficult to always work on small projects. Surfaces that are too small can affect the quality of the finished work. The size of the surface should match the type of work being done.

Adjustable Height and Tilt

One of the most important features to look for in drafting tables & desks is the ability to adjust the height and tilt of the work surface. It is best to choose a table that can be raised or lowered by several inches or more to adjust for seating and the work being done. Additionally, the tilt of the table should be adjustable. This can make it much easier to work with different mediums that have different viscosities.

Storage Space for Supplies

Many different supplies can be used with drafting tables & desks. The table should have some way to store art or drafting supplies. This could mean a tray that attaches to the side, drawers under the work surface or sliding storage areas. Choosing a table or desk with good storage will make it simpler to switch between tools and access supplies. It also allows the table to be more compact since an external cabinet is not always necessary.

Surface Material

The material the work surface is made from should be considered although it does not always matter as much as other factors. Metal drafting desks are very durable and can last for a long time. Wooden drafting tables have a little give and usually need a vinyl cover to protect the surface from cuts and scratches. Wood is sometimes a good choice because tacks and other tools can be driven into the surface when drafting.

To find a wide variety of drafting desk and tables, it is best to look at online stores that specialize in drafting tools. 

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