Best Folding Camping Tables

It’s one of those irritating occurrences which makes you wonder why you bother with this whole camping malarkey – picture the scene: you’ve just spent an age setting up your camping gear in the scorching UK summer sunshine (OK, you might need a particularly vivid imagination for that part). The kids are willfully ignoring you and certainly haven’t lifted a finger to help – this is standard. After finishing the back breaking work you pour yourself a glass of wine/nectar as reward, place it down on the rickety table you just bought from a petrol station and…. promptly spill half of it when you nudge the table and send half your precious juice dribbling away…

This scenario has happened to us waaaay too many times over the years, and it certainly doesn’t get any easier to accept as the years progress.

Stability is Key

A sturdy table is an essential component of camping life, but they do not get the focus afforded to other camping ‘must-haves’ such as tents or awnings. The best camping tables are the foldable variety which allows you to optimize packing density when space is at a premium in a small campervan or car/tent combo. 

We recommend considering the following features when choosing your table

  • Look for a small volume of the folded table for ease of packing, but take care that rigidity of the table top is not sacrificed.
  • Adjustable legs are extremely useful – preferably all four should be independently extendable to help level the table on undulating ground. 
  • Cupholders sunk into the table top can help stop your drinks slipping, but these are not usually too useful for wine glasses with a stem. We generally prefer to make sure the table is solid and stable and easy to level – then the safety of your drinks should naturally follow (phew!).
  • Assembly should be straightforward – you don’t want to be spending an age on this. Also make sure that they can be quickly and simply packed away at the end of your stay when everyone is irritable!

It’s worth remembering that there are many styles of folding camping tables, and one product cannot cover all use cases. There’s a fundamental difference between a tiny occasional table which you might place between a couple of chairs to rest your pint on, and a large table to eat at or do your cooking on.

Our following top picks of the best folding camping tables cover a range of sizes and use-cases – you can get a great table for a range of budgets which will give you many years of trusty, reliable service. A friend you can lean on… literally!

Nestling Folding Camping Table

Nestling folding table

OK, we hold our hands up – this great Nestling folding camping table is a little over the arbitrary £50 budget limit we set ourselves, but I think you’ll forgive us when you see the features and build quality on offer.

The frame and leg system are made of high grade aluminium and fold up like a concertina in a very portable bag.

Let’s start with the legs – these are the best legs in the business! OK, I’m not talking about Miss World here, but you can see why the Victorians used to have to cover their table legs to avoid the menfolk getting too amorous! These are independently adjustable for height which means you can level the table on any surface. Extremely useful indeed!

The legs are extended out from the frame and each fixed in place by a system of interconnecting struts. The height of each individual leg is then adjusted using a telescopic extension system and the leg secured at the correct height using a natty yellow locking lever. The whole process is very easy to do at any time and means that an extremely stable base can be created on any ground to provide the highest weight tolerance we have seen – it can support up to 65kg and can be sat on by a child or small adult!

Continuous height and level adjustmentThe table top itself consists of a series of connected slats which unfold and then clip directly to the base leaving very small gaps in between the slats – this means the top is great for supporting plates and glasses, but you could not use it to write on very easily. However we don’t expect many people do much writing when camping!

Underneath the table top a useful net can be suspended (included in the bag) which adds a second layer of storage for say laptops or magazines. This certainly improves the functionality and flexibility of the Nestling versus some of the other similar-sized tables. 

nestling picnic table in useAssembly and disassembly is the simplest we have encountered, and the separate parts fit very easily into the bag (a real bugbear of ours is tents etc which cannot fit back in the storage bag without Houdini-like exertions). 

Overall, the Nestling is our pick of the best table for ‘close to’ £50. For the stability, levelling flexibility and ‘packability’ on offer here, we think it’s a bargain!

Key specs: Dimensions: 90 x 53 x H 45-65 cm / Folded dimensions: 90cm x 17 x 11 cm / Weight: 4.2 kg

9.5Expert Score

The Nestling folding table is probably the perfect camping table if you can live with the slatted top. Its ease of use, levelling ability and small packed dimensions make it a real winner in our eyes.

navaris wooden folding tableWe have recently discovered some delicious bamboo tables which cost over £100 but perform in a very stylish and practical manner. We think it’s worth including them in our round-up as they really are worth considering if your budget can stretch that far.

Our first ‘luxury’ choice is the Navaris Bamboo which is a gorgeous camping table using premium, sustainable bamboo wood as the folding top section.

The table top is arranged in 4 sections of approximately 65 x 12.5cm each – these are hinged together so they can be packed neatly in a a carry bag together with the folding legs and a really useful under-table storage basket. Interestingly the legs are permanently attached to the underside of the table top which makes assembly and packing away a doddle.

Assembly

Navaris Bamboo 4 folding table legsSetting the Navaris Bamboo up is easy – simply unfold the table top so that it is upside down, with the underside facing upwards.

The outermost sections of the table each hold two aluminium legs as well as a locking strut which is rotated across the other sections and fixed to the section on the far side. This is a very simple principle but I have not seen it incorporated before in such an elegant way.

The legs each rotate outwards and upwards using three-way hinged cantilevers which lock in position. The heights of each leg can then be adjusted between three lockable  positions giving a table height of between 42cm and 65cm at the highest. The ends of each leg incorporate a rubber endcap – we would recommend putting something like a tray under each on wet, muddy ground or there might be sinking if the table is carrying a heavy load.

But it’s the bamboo which is the star of the show here. It provides a highly stable surface with a real quality feel. Please bear in mind though that this is more of a side table and is probably not large enough to eat around unless there’s just a couple of you.

The bamboo sections fit together really well with very minimal grooves in between them. This is a massive difference to some of the aluminium options we recommend below which tend to have bigger gaps. With the Navaris it is very easy to brush out crumbs and other wayward bits of stray food!

Kingcamp Bamboo 4 folding in bagOverall, the Navaris Bamboo is a great table and worthy of its fairly lofty price tag. It definitely feels a cut above the aluminum equivalents, so if you’re after a bit of campsite style and practicality then we don’t hesitate to recommend it.

Key specs: Dimensions: 65 x 50 x H 42-65 cm / Folded dimensions: 65x 12.5 x 12 cm / Weight: 4.2 kg

9.5Expert Score

The Navaris Bamboo Table offers a silky smooth bamboo top with enough seating space for four adults. It packs down very small and is an all-round top performer. The only downside is the purchase price, but you really do get what you pay for here. A good quality table will last you for the entirety of your camping life, so buy wisely.

Dometic Large Bamboo Camping Table

Dometic Bamboo Large TableWe have recently discovered some delicious bamboo tables which cost slightly more than comparative aluminium or plastic alternatives but perform in a very stylish and practical manner. Bamboo as a material is extremely environmentally friendly and sustainable and so worth considering for that reason alone.

Our first bamboo choice is the Dometic Bamboo Large Table which is a gorgeous camping table using premium bamboo wood as a fixed (non-folding) top section.

The table top measures 100cm (L) x 70cm (W) and so the key consideration with this table is whether you will have room for transporting it in your car or campervan. We found that it wasn’t a problem sliding it into the back of our campervan.

In some ways a solid table top is the best option for keeping clean and tidy because you don’t get the little gaps and grooves into which crumbs can fall. It also feels more solidly built, being a single chunk of wood.

Dometic Bamboo Large Table leg adjustmentHot Legs

The four aluminium legs are foldable and an excellent design. They are each independently height adjustable and have very wide ‘feet’ which means they will not sink into soft ground. The legs allow the table height to be adjusted from 54cm up to 71.5cm. When folded away, they barely take up much space.

Overall, the Dometic Bamboo is a solid table which looks extremely stylish. It definitely feels a cut above the aluminum equivalents, so if you’re after a bit of campsite style and practicality then we don’t hesitate to recommend it.

Key specs: Dimensions: 100 x 70 x 54-71.5 (H) cm / Folded dimensions: 100 x 70 x 8 cm / Weight: 9 kg

9Expert Score

The Dometic Bamboo Table offers a silky smooth bamboo top with enough seating space for four adults. Bear in mind that the table top does not fold down and so you need enough space to transport it, although the packed height is only 8cm. Lovely!

Vida-XL Storage Camping Table

Hi-Gear camping folding table

The Vida-XL Storage Camping Table is an unassuming box of tricks when folded up – a bit like a hitman’s briefcase. Only 10.5cm in thickness, and incorporating a nice, rugged carrying handle, the Vida-XL can slide nicely into the back of your campervan or car boot before being called into action at the campsite.

This table is absolutely perfect for setting up inside your awning or close to your cooking area, because within that briefcase-like exterior, there exists a couple of sizeable fabric cupboards having individual zippable front-loading bays. These cupboards are capacious, and perfect for storing food, drink or even bedding if so required.

The table top surface

VidalxL topWhen opened up, the tabletop surface is very smooth which enables wine glasses to be placed on top without any fear of spillage. In fact, this is the smoothest table top we’ve reviewed and it would be possible to pen a letter on it (do people still do that?).

There are two pairs of legs which open outwards away from each other in a U shape, and the height of these legs can be switched between two settings. One thing we did notice is that there is a spring-loaded pin which requires pushing in to change the height of the legs, and this can easily catch the skin on your thumb as you press it. Probably the only negative about this table, and only a minor problem at that. 

Summing up

undercarriageThis is one of our favourite camping tables and we believe with the amount of space and flexibility it gives, coupled with the flat packing shape that it is definitely a best buy at just under £40. If you can catch it in a sale then even better! One note that packing it back into the briefcase shape is an acquired art which can trap the unwary. Definitely take good note of how the seller has done it when you receive it 🙂

Key specs: Dimensions: 120 x 47 x 55-70 (H) cm / Folded dimensions: 60 x 47 x 10.5 cm / Weight: 8 kg

9Expert Score

The Vida-XL is solid and dependable. It folds up into a briefcase style package which is easy to slide into your car boot with your other gear. A solid table top holds plates and glasses well. Highly recommended!

Trekology Folding Camping Table

Trekology folding table1

Trekology have released a fantastic folding table which uses aviation-grade aluminium as the table top material. The colour of the metal top needs to be seen to be believed – a gorgeous electric blue sheen which attracts alot of attention.

When folded up, the table top consists of a series of five linked slats which unwrap to form a fairly shiny, weatherproof surface. The metal legs are easily accessible from their neat storage bag and and can be quickly unfolded and snapped into shape before attaching to the metal top.

In Use

This table looks great and will carry up to 23kg in weight – not quite enough to sit on, but pretty impressive nonetheless. The Trekology has rapidly become one of our go-to tables at Camping Secrets Towers, just because it is so well put together!

Everything clicks nicely into place, and packs away very easily. The only negative point to our mind is that the legs are non adjustable in height and so you must choose a size that will suit your particular requirements – luckily the Trekology comes in several different sizes ranging from a little side table (39 x 34.5 x 32 cm) to the Large size which we have reviewed (68 x 45 x 40.5 cm).

All in all, we love the Trekology- it does everything expected of it exceedingly well! And that blue colour is to die for – yum!

Key specs: Dimensions: 68 x 45 x 40.5 cm / Folded dimensions: 70cm x 15 x 7 cm / Weight: 1.7 kg

8.5Expert Score

The Trekology folding camping table has fantastic engineering and a sexy colour for a reasonable price - a bargain!

Atepa Folding Bamboo Side Table

Atepa folding bamboo tableThe Atepa Folding Bamboo Table is a wooden-topped offering in our roundup and an absolute peach of a design.

It’s a fairly small side table, measuring 30-40cm tall and 60 (L) x 40 (W) cm on top. What makes it so good is the fact that the legs can fold into the wooden top and then the whole table can effectively be ‘rolled’ into a very small carry bag measuring 12 x 17 x 40cm. It also looks very nice indeed!

Atepa folding bamboo table foldedThe legs are made of aluminium alloy and do have independent height adjustment – perfect for uneven ground. They provide exceptional stability and lock well into the main underside of the table top to allow easy lifting.

Atepa folding bamboo table in useWe should definitely emphasize the beauty of the Japanese bamboo used for the table top. It is sublime and exceptionally smooth but with a lovely grain. You can mentally picture the bamboo shoots swaying in the Japanese breeze!

Bamboo wood is fairly unique in that it has the look of tree wood but is actually made from a grass. As such it does not warp or shrink when the humidity of the surroundings change. 

We were really taken with the Atepa Folding Bamboo Table. Because of the relatively high price for the size it is probably not for everyone, but if you fancy some quality in your life then we definitely recommend you check it out.

Key specs: Dimensions: 60 x 40 x 30-40 cm / Folded dimensions: 40cm x 17 x 12 cm / Weight: 3.1 kg

8.5Expert Score

If you want the best engineered table on our list, with a gorgeous design of complete Japanese simplicity then the Atepa Bamboo Side Table is for you. Yes it's expensive for the size, but the quality cannot be denied. Plus it folds up into a real dinky little package!

Hi-Gear Storage Camping Table

Hi-Gear camping folding table

The Hi-Gear Storage Camping Table is an unassuming box of tricks when folded up – a bit like a hitman’s briefcase. Only 10cm in thickness, and incorporating a nice, rugged carrying handle, the Hi-Gear can slide nicely into the back of your campervan or car boot before being called into action at the campsite.

This table is absolutely perfect for setting up inside your awning or close to your cooking area, because within that briefcase-like exterior, there exists a couple of sizeable fabric cupboards having individual zippable front-loading bays. These cupboards are capacious, and perfect for storing food, drink or even bedding if so required.

The table top surface

VidalxL topWhen opened up, the tabletop surface is very smooth which enables wine glasses to be placed on top without any fear of spillage. In fact, this is the smoothest table top we’ve reviewed and it would be possible to pen a letter on it (do people still do that?).

There are two pairs of legs which open outwards away from each other in a U shape, and the height of these legs can be switched between two settings. One thing we did notice is that there is a spring-loaded pin which requires pushing in to change the height of the legs, and this can easily catch the skin on your thumb as you press it. Probably the only negative about this table, and only a minor problem at that. 

Summing up

undercarriageThis is one of our favourite camping tables and we believe with the amount of space and flexibility it gives, coupled with the flat packing shape that it is definitely a best buy at just under £40. If you can catch it in a sale then even better! One note that packing it back into the briefcase shape is an acquired art which can trap the unwary. Definitely take good note of how the seller has done it when you receive it 🙂

Key specs: Dimensions: 120 x 60 x 55-70 (H) cm / Folded dimensions: 62.5 x 62.5 x 7 cm / Weight: 7.7 kg

9Expert Score

The Hi-Gear is solid and dependable. It folds up into a briefcase style package which is easy to slide into your car boot with your other gear. A solid table top holds plates and glasses well. Highly recommended!

Outry Folding Camping table

Outry folding camping table four cupOutry sell a highly useful set of lightweight and compact tables which can be squeezed into a largeish rucksack or transported easily in a car or campervan.

The tables are unusual in that they use a fabric top section which is held extremely taut by a set of metal poles within the fabric which are propped out into a rigid frame. Although the poles cause some gentle undulations in the table top surface, we had no problems getting supporting typical items like plates and glasses on flattish ground (the garden!). The advantage of the fabric is that the table can be folded down into a very small pack which weighs only the same as a bag of sugar!

Different sizes

folding camping table 3The table comes in two different sizes – the first incorporates two cupholders (6.75cm diameter) and is only 39cm tall when assembled. This make it perfect to position between a couple of chairs to rest your drinks on – i.e. more of an ‘occasional table’. The larger version has four cupholders and is more suited to eating on due to it’s 53cm height.

One disadvantage of both tables is that the height cannot be adjusted at all, and the legs do not have any independent adjustment for levelling – on the beach this doesn’t cause any problems because the legs can be adjusted in the sand – on bumpy ground at the campsite though, this could be more of an issue. However, at only £23 for the 2-cupholder version, we think this can be overlooked, and the legs themselves are surprisingly sturdy.

Setting up

Assembly and packing were straightforward, although it needs a bit of strength to get the two extra poles into the tabletop structure in order to achieve rigidity. Overall, we see this as a reliable mechanism and would expect a decent product longevity.

Key specs (2 cupholders): Dimensions: 56 x 43 x 39 cm / Folded dimensions: 60cm x 7 cm / Weight: 1.2 kg

Key specs (4 cupholders): Dimensions: 75 x 56 x 53 cm / Folded dimensions: 76cm x 8 cm / Weight: 1.2 kg

8Expert Score

The Outry - a compact classic! Great little table which wins if SPACE-SAVING and WEIGHT are your main considerations - perfect for the beach!

Snow Peak Folding Bamboo Table

Snow Peak My Bamboo TableThis Bamboo Folding Table is a wooden-topped offering in our roundup and an absolute peach of a design from a classic outdoor company called Snow Peak who are based in the Fukushima region of Japan. 

It’s a fairly small side table, measuring only 40cm tall and 45 (L) x 35 (W) cm on top. What makes it so good is the fact that the wooden top can separate and fold in half. The legs then collapse and are secured  away to form a very neat little package which can be easily hidden away in any spare nook or cranny you may have available.

The legs are made of aluminium but are sadly not adjustable in height – you get the 40cm and nothing else. They provide exceptional stability though and lock well into the main underside of the table top to allow easy lifting.

Snow Peak My Bamboo Table upWe should definitely emphasize the beauty of the Japanese bamboo used for the table top. It is sublime and exceptionally smooth but with a lovely grain. You can mentally picture the bamboo shoots swaying in the Japanese breeze!

Bamboo wood is fairly unique in that it has the look of tree wood but is actually made from a grass. As such it does not warp or shrink when the humidity of the surroundings change. 

We were really taken with this Snow Peak table. Because of the relatively high price it is probably not for everyone, but if you fancy some quality in your life then we definitely recommend you check it out.

Key specs: Dimensions: 45 x 33.5 x 40 cm / Folded dimensions: 43cm x 33.5 x 7 cm / Weight: 1.8 kg

8.5Expert Score

If you want the best engineered table on our list, with a gorgeous design of complete Japanese simplicity then the Snow Peak is for you. Yes it's expensive, but the quality cannot be denied. Plus it folds up into a real dinky little package!

NGT Mini Drinks Table

NGT drinks table camping

What do you think about fishing or angling? You either get it or you don’t I guess. I’m in the latter camp, and can’t really see the point of sitting at the side of a lake, in beautiful countryside, sipping at your chilled beer, occasionally pulling the line and…. hold on a minute! I can see exactly why anglers angle – it’s a way of relaxing in the arms of Mother Nature, and for that reason, Anglers and Campers are of a similar mindset….

Which brings us to this little NGT table with independent extendable legs – originally designed for Anglers to place their bait on, but nabbed by us at Camping Secrets to place our camping drinks on! Only £22 at Amazon, we think this is a quality little table and excellent value.

NGT Camping Table Folding LegsMade of decent aluminium, the table top is non-foldable but of a size that this isn’t a problem. The top has a lip all around the circumference (the only table we’ve seen having this feature) which means that knocked drinks will not fall to the floor – nice. The little legs can be extended between 17.5cm and 23.5cm which means you can get a flat surface even on a serious hillside – very useful. Plus the green colour blends in nicely with said hillside!

Overall, we loved this little table and definitely recommend it. Some owners have complained that it’s too low to the ground, but as long as you buy it knowing what it will be used for (i.e. a drinks table in between some chairs) then to us this is not a major reason for docking points. We score this a 9/10 and for the money, it’s an absolute steal. Sadly it’s not available via Amazon Prime and so delivery can take up to six days.

Key specs: Dimensions: 38 x 32 x H 17.5 – 23.5 cm / Weight: 0.9 kg

9Expert Score

The NGT mini table holds drinks for two at the perfect height while you both enjoy the views...

Spike Drinks Table

Caravan supermarket spike tableOften in the world of camping it’s the simplest ideas which are best. Nothing could be simpler or cheaper than this little spike table and yet we give it almost maximum marks because it can carry drinks exceptionally well when you’re camping on grass.

It consists of a table top which is an ‘interesting’ green colour which could perhaps match with exceptionally lush grass. The table top surface has an excellent soft, grippable latex surface which seems to attract wine glasses and bottles to it like a magnet. Great for drink stability!

Under the table, a metal spike is stored neatly away in two sections. Simply connect them together and whack the spike into the ground with a mallet. If you don’t have one available then a rock or log can be used instead. If the ground is softish then you may be able to push it in by hand.

Caravan supermarket spike table packed 2

The table top then connects securely onto the top of the spike and hey presto, you’ve got your own personal drinks table!

We recommend buying one per person for camping use. They work best when they’re positioned right by your extended arm so that you literally don’t have to lift a finger to pick up your drink…. Enjoy!

Key specs: Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 40 (H) cm / Folded dimensions: 25 x 25 x 1 cm / Weight: 100g

9.5Expert Score

This little drinks table does exactly what it says on the tin. Whack the spike into the ground with a mallet, lock the grippy table surface on top and hey presto - stable drinks at arms reach. What's not to like? Well maybe the neon green colour which loses it half a point!

So now you’ve got your table sorted out, why don’t don’t you read our reviews of the Best Folding Camping Chairs you can buy for under £50. A table isn’t much without some decent chairs to go with it….

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