Choosing the Perfect Over Chair Table for Your Riser/Recliner


If you’re elderly or disabled and have limited mobility, an over chair table provides much-needed support, offering a sturdy surface on which to rest your arms when seated in your riser/recliner chair.

When using a recliner chair or bed, an over chair table is essential. With this functional table, you can engage in your daily activities with ease, eating, reading, and working from the comfort of your seat. When you want to get up, you simply slide or swivel the table out of the way to give you a safe, clear path to get in and out of your chair.

Over chair tables come equipped with a variety of features for your convenience and safety. Many tables can be adjusted to suit the height of your chair or bed and can be tilted or swiveled to accommodate armrests.

Their tops are easy to clean, and often have lipped edges to guard against spills. These tables typically have caster wheels for easy portability and may even come equipped with handles to hold for balance when standing.  

Many high-quality over chair tables can be found online. Typically made of wood or plastic, these models are ideal for use in your home or professional care facility. Available in numerous colors and styles, you’ll be sure to find one that complements your existing furnishings.

Our goal is to help you choose the over chair table that suits you or your loved one best. To start, let’s consider the benefits of fixed-height and height-adjustable models.

Fixed-Height vs. Height-Adjustable

If you plan to use your over chair table for only one activity, such as eating meals, then fixed-height models are a great option. When choosing a fixed-height table, remember that the optimal height range is 29 to 34 inches. Any lower, and you’ll end up cramping your legs and knees; any higher, and you’ll put unnecessary strain on your upper body.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a table that can be used for multiple activities and/or by people of different heights, then we recommend choosing a height-adjustable model. Height-adjustable models work by a variety of means:

Pin and ratchet – Some models allow you to adjust your table using a rod or “pin.” Easily accessed from a seated position, this pin can be slotted into various grooves on the underside of the table to modify its height and/or angle.

Crank – On other height-adjustable models, you may need to raise or lower your table using a rotating knob or “crank.” This crank can usually be removed when not in use so that your clothes or blankets won’t catch on the protruding knob.

Electric – Some models use an electric motor for height adjustment. Although these motors can be noisy, electric models are incredibly convenient, allowing you to raise or lower your table with the press of a lever or button.

Gas cylinderGas cylinder models allow you to adjust your table’s height quickly and come equipped with excellent preset options.

Counterbalance – The remaining height-adjustable models work by a counterbalance system. Counterbalance models give you excellent control over the height of your table, allowing you to make minute adjustments to achieve your optimal height.

These models are by far the most expensive but are worth the investment if you plan to use your table frequently and/or long-term. Just remember that counterbalance models can be heavy and difficult to move, so they are best for use in a single location.

Top-Rated Products

Just as the height of your over chair table is key to ensuring your comfort, so are your table’s dimensions.

Depending on the size of your chair or bed, and/or the dimensions of your living space, you may find that standard over chair tables are simply too small, too large, or too cumbersome to accommodate your needs.

If that’s the case, you may want to go for a custom-built model instead. However, most individuals find that standard models are perfect for their needs. So before you opt for custom-built, check out these four top-rated products, selected especially for you!

Micoe Side Table

Height – adjustable; 23″-31.5″

Dimensions of table surface – 19.7″ x 11.8″

Weight – 9.9 lbs

The multi-purpose micoe is perfect for eating, reading, and working, and comes equipped with wheels and breaks for easy transport and optimal safety.

It includes a handy side basket and tray for storing books, magazines, and newspapers, meaning it can double as a bedside table.

With its sturdy wood and metal construction, sleek design, and c-shaped frame, this table is sure to impress. Already purchased? Be sure to watch our instructional videos to find out how to get the most out of your new table.

Not for you? Return it within 30 days, hassle-free, for your money back – no questions asked!

Homemaxs Side Table

Height – 26″

The versatile homemaxs can easily hold your book, laptop, or tablet, and its compact dimensions make it just the right size for a small space.

But don’t let its small stature fool you. With its sturdy metal and fiberboard frame, this durable piece packs a powerful punch. Able to hold up to 45 pounds, it’s perfect for use as a computer desk or side table.

If that weren’t enough, this product also has non-scratch feet to protect hardwood floors and comes complete with instructions for easy assembly. A top-of-the-line product, this table’s durability makes it a great investment piece. All in all, an excellent choice!

Homfa Side Table

Dimensions – 21.6″ x 13.8″ x 24.4″

Made of plastic and 100% natural bamboo, the durable, multi-use homfa is easy to assemble and perfect for holding plates, cups, and mugs.

Its compact size and lightweight make it an excellent choice for small homes and offices. A true chameleon, this table will blend seamlessly with any interior, bringing modern style and comfort to your living space.

(Note: this product lacks non-scratch feet, so should only be used on carpeted floors.)

Sriwatana Side Table

Our final favorite, the sriwatana provides plenty of tabletop space for your plate, mug, and book.

Another versatile piece, this model can also be used as a laptop desk or side table, its handy pockets perfect for storing books, magazines, and newspapers. This product is highly durable and comes complete with instructions, hardware, and a wrench for easy assembly.

Its adjustable legs and non-scratch feet make it highly portable, easy to store, and suitable for use on uneven floors. With its attractive c-shaped frame, this piece is a stylish addition to any living space!


Whether you opt for fixed-height or height-adjustable, standard or custom-built, you’ll be sure to love the comfort and safety that your new over chair table brings!

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