I am one happy camper today. I would love to have new flexible seating and tables in my library media center, but I am stuck with sturdy, solid oak tables and chairs. These things were made to last (were purchased probably about 20 years ago). The tables are REALLY heavy and as a result they get dragged when we need to move them.
I read an article or blog post awhile ago about a library media specialist fixing up her library on the cheap. She added casters to her table legs and I thought, “I can do that.” Or rather, I thought, “My handy husband can do that.” And he did!
My library media committee and I discussed it last school year and we are just getting around to doing it. The first table was done today and two more on the chopping block tomorrow morning.
We bought locking casters at Lowe’s and it ran about $20 a table. Not really cheap, but a heck of a lot cheaper than new tables!
My husband brought his saw, drill, etc. from home. I might have been able to have our school system facilities department do it, but the quality is not consistent there.
I am so giddy that I can’t wait until Thursday when the Scholastic Book Fair arrives and I will have (by then) 3 tables that I can move just by pushing with my hand! We bought all the casters that Lowe’s has for now, so the other 4 tables will get the chop later. We cut an extra one inch off the legs as the tables were really too high for the kindergarten through 2nd grade students. This new, shorter version should be more comfortable for the majority of our students.
We will be more likely to move tables around after all them are converted. This will help not only with working with students, but also with the other staff meetings, showers, etc. that are held in the library media center. The legs of some of the tables are a bit wobbly from years of dragging around. My husband thinks the tables weigh about 80 pounds!
*Apparently either spelling is acceptable…I checked!