Types and Uses of Drafting Tables

May 17, 2021

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drafting table or a drawing table is a multi-purpose platform intended for architecture, engineering, creative drawing, drafting, and sketching. The table consists of a rigid leg-support frame with a varying slope top for the user's usability. Drafting tables come in a multitude of vertical adjustments and top sizes.

Drawing tables may be used for various tasks, including reading oversized papers and sketches and drafting detailed drawings. In general, drafting tables are intended for use by architects, designers, and engineers. They are also appropriate for students in architecture, engineering, and the arts.

Since these drafting tables are multi-functional, they are also beneficial to other creative professionals. Fashion designers, interior designers, tailors, theater designers, filmmakers, cartographers, and cartoonists are among them. The aesthetics of these drafting tables are another reason so many creative professionals and hobbyists adore them. The majority of these tables are intended for artists. 

Depending on the form and manufacturer, drafting tables have various materials and functionality. Their common element is the ability to tilt the table or a part of it to see your work from different angles without stressing your back or neck.

TYPES

The type of drafting table you choose will decide how easily you can move it, whether it offers enough support for your tasks, and whether it can meet your everyday needs.

Pedestal Drafting Table

The pedestal drafting table has the most tilt range versatility, ranging from 0 to 90 degrees, and enables simple height adjustment from a sitting position to a standing position. The pedestal base requires less space than the four-leg base. Ones with electric modification models can be pricey.

Four-Leg Drafting Table

These are the most durable drafting tables on the market, and they come in a wider variety of top sizes. Furthermore, they also have storage drawers or compartments under a raised top lid. They are typically more costly than other tables, as well as bulky and heavy. The majority of these tables do not have adjustable height bases, and the tops do not tilt as much as other forms of drafting tables.

Foldable Drafting Table

For those who need to change work locations frequently, the foldable drafting table is the lightest choice. However, in terms of stability, it falls short of the four-leg or pedestal bases. The folding base table takes up less room and can be folded to around five inches thick for storage. It is significantly less expensive than the other two forms. The smaller table top is suitable for light artwork and less complex activities.

Crafts and Hobbies Table

These tables are more conventional and are designed for more traditional drafting applications. They often have many storage options, such as shelves and bins, to keep your supplies close at hand. They often have a flat surface to lay the materials on, even though the main top is at an angle.

ACTIVITIES

Reading and Drawing

Drafting tables are more comfortable for reading and writing than standard tables. It would help if you change the angle of drafting tables to sit comfortably for long periods while reading or writing.

Painting

Outside, painters use compact or fold-away drafting tables. For non-professionals or hobbyists who enjoy painting in their workstations, glass tabletops are recommended because they are easy to clean after each use.

Drafting or Technical Drawing

Drafting tables are needed for engineering and architectural drawings by engineers, architects, and engineering and architecture students. These tasks necessitate the development of detailed technical diagrams.

Fashion Pattern Drafting

Fashion designers need drafting tables for pattern drawing, drafting, and rendering final designs. There are tables where they can either sit or stand when working on their plan.

Drawing Maps

Maps can be drawn on a wide scale. Cartographers benefit greatly from drafting tables because they can change the angle of the tabletop and have several views of the maps they're drawing.

Reading Blueprints

Drafting tables are made in various sizes to meet the needs of engineers and architects. The tops of these tables are wide enough to accommodate blueprints and other large documents. Getting up close and personal with the surface allows you to see the specifics and read the tiny script.

Impromptu Sketching

If impromptu sketching is a part of your job or a hobby for you, these tables make it easy and convenient. These tables have features that are useful for you to access your sketching materials.

Sewing

Look no further if you need a stable work table to layout your sewing, make quilting designs or help pin down patterns. These tables are extremely handy and can be used for almost any purpose.

Theater Designing

Adjustable-leg drafting tables are perfect for theater construction. A table that can accommodate paper up to 18 inches x 24 inches is suitable for theater designers.

Laying out Copy

Graphic designers need a stable surface on which to arrange visual details. Drafting tables can assist them in avoiding errors when performing tasks such as copy layout.

Storyboarding

Drafting tables can help tremendously for filmmakers who use storyboards. Their large surface area allows them to display several boards at the same time.

CONCLUSION

Engineers, architects, and designers are the most likely to have a drafting table. Other students, artistic professionals, and hobbyists can find the table beneficial as well. Knowing the uses of drafting tables will assist you in selecting the best table for you. You can use these tables for various purposes, so choose the one that is capable of handling the tasks you want to use it for.

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