When you think about it, any table can be used as a craft table, but the presence of storage (in the form of drawers or shelves) is what makes all the difference when dealing with that type of work surface. The drawers can store all the accessories you use, and since these are integrated within the table itself, what you need is never far from reach.
Here’s a small model – it doesn’t give you that much of a working surface, but for a small apartment (such as mine) it can work. Mind you, it looks like you can’t really sit at it very comfortably, which I don’t like:
Folding craft table pictured: SEI White Fold-Out Organizer and Craft Desk
The fact that a table can be folded means it can take up less space when not in use. However, if the table has drawers, there will be a compromise involved: you will not be able to fold it flat. Still, it will be smaller once the sides are folded. Look for drawers that will be of a convenient size for the type of craft supplies you will be using.
In you work as a costume designer in film, TV, theater or advertising, you know that there are plenty of last minute changes to deal with. Because of this, you may be required to work on location or backstage in unfamiliar studios. A cutting table that folds up has the obvious advantage of being easy to transport from room to room, especially if the table is equipped with wheels.
Here’s a version that seems very practical to me:
Folding fabric cutting table pictured: Sullivans Quilter’s Table
A feature you may want to look for in a folding fabric cutting table is storage. Drawers and/or cabinets will allow you to store extra fabric, scissors, sewing accessories, etc… Of course, the more storage there is, the heavier the table is likely to be. Whether you want to carry these accessories separately is a decision you should make before starting to pick a cutting table. There are plenty of rolling totes and rolling crates that could do the job, leaving you free to choose a table that is lighter and that collapses to a flatter shape. Since you will be doing precision work on this table, make sure it is sturdy. Sometimes, portability means a compromise when it comes to stability. There could be slight discrepancies in the length of folding legs if they are not installed perfectly, for example. This could result in a wobbly work surface. Also, if the table legs are equipped with wheels, make sure they can lock into position.
Here’s a simpler model – I like that it has multiple legs. Probably good for added stability:
Folding table for cutting fabric: Truecut Crafting And Cutting Table
Some of these tables are height adjustable. That way you can set your work surface at the most comfortable level, depending on your height, and whether or not you will be sitting or standing. A good fabric cutting table should have a grid to guide you so that you can cut straight.