Product Type: Ikea furniture
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The best table for children I have ever used
Ikea Mammut Children's Table
Member Name: i_am_joy
Ikea Mammut Children's Table
Advantages: Can be used for a variety of activities, very easy to clean, durable and attractive
Disadvantages: Very wobbly if the legs are not inserted properly
After writing a less than complimentary review on the Ikea Mammut chairs, I thought it only fair to tell you about the accompanying table - which is actually fabulous and of a far better design than the chairs.
I have personally only seen the table in the blue colour pictured above, although have been told it's also available in other colours. I cannot confirm this though so recommend you have a look in your local Ikea if blue isn't your cup of tea. Don't be concerned if you have little girls however, as the blue used to create the Mammut collection is actually a rather unisex blue and not a colour which would be designated purely for boys.
The table I have is the round design, although Mammut tables are also available in an oblong shape. The round one does appear far more stable and durable than the oblong table however, as the legs are chunkier and the actual table top is also thicker.
There are five legs on the table, it does arrive flat packed but please do not let this put you off as all the table requires is for you to twist the legs into their holes on the underside of the table. I think it's an excellent idea to have the five legs as this does make the table extremely stable and far less likely to tip up should your child lean heavily on one end.
Once you have the legs attached securely the table is ready to be tipped the right way up and can be used straight away. I think it's an extremely attractive design, being chunky and very child-like - this table will not look out of place whether you put it in your child's bedroom, or simply use it downstairs in the living room or kitchen.
Do ensure the legs are all in correctly though as if they are off even the slightest millimetre you will end up with a wobble, this occurred when I put together my table and I did find it a nuisance as the final 'push' needed to get the legs in properly was a rather hefty one - so hefty in fact that I had to call my son-in-law over to complete the job as the wobble was extremely irritating! Having said that, you do not need particularly strong arms to assemble the table - just non-arthritic ones!
Once erected, the table is fabulous. It is a slightly concave design which means the edge of the table is raised, not so much that your child will have to stretch over the 'lip' but enough that things aren't going to roll off the edge and onto the floor. One good thing about this is the fact that when my granddaughter is painting any drips will run into the centre of the table and not all over the floor, although the lip also provides a very effective ramp for the stunts which her toy cars are forced to perform!
Overall, I'm very impressed with the Mammut table. It has a striking design which really could not be found anywhere other than Ikea and is a very useful item of furniture. With a height of 48cm it is ideal for most toddlers and small children, it has been designed to fit perfectly with the Mammut chairs which are available (although I do not recommend them). The diameter of the table is 85cm, which is plenty of room for more than one child - in fact I had four little people eating around this table a day or two ago and, other than a few knocked elbows, there was certainly room for them to eat their meal in comfort.
The beauty of the entire Mammut collection is their ease of cleaning, the plastic has an excellent texture for children's furniture and the majority of spills can be cleaned up simply with hot water. Unlike some cheaper plastic tables I have owned, stains do not set into the plastic and despite the fact my table is now over twelve months old it still looks as good as the day I bought it.
At £24.99 you may be tempted to look around for a cheaper alterative, especially considering most discount stores now sell plastic patio-style child sized tables for around £5. However, you are paying for quality by purchasing the Mammut table and in my opinion it will prove to be a far more durable addition to your nursery than a cheaper version.
Summary: A far more sensible purchase than the Ikea Mammut Chairs.
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