I like to write about items that I use myself in our tiny kitchen, even if it’s something simple like kitchen trays. Sometimes it’s the little things that make our tasks easier, that have their purpose as daily item.
There are obviously a lot of possible purposes of kitchen trays. Using a kitchen tray in the kitchen is one of them. There are many other situations in a tiny home where you’ll be happy to have a tray. The way you decide to use a tray will decide about its look and sturdiness.
Although it may seem silly to speak about trays – what can you say about them other than they‘re practical – there are still some details you might be interested in before buying one or two trays for your tiny home.
Well, we use our kitchen tray in our small kitchen as breakfast station. It holds everything together what we need for breakfast. And it‘s not just about organizing everything at one place. By having them on a tray we can move it around on our countertop in order to free up space for other activities.
There are big differences in the quality of the material the trays are made of. It depends on your unique requirement and idea of how you want to use your new tray that defines your need for quality. If it‘s just about serving food the kitchen tray may be lightweight and thin. If you want to use it underneath something heavy or for carrying heavier items around on it, you might need to look for a sturdier model that‘s not warping under weight.
So, what are the ideas of how people use trays? Besides the obvious ones like serving food and drink on them, people use it as kind of portable table for daily things like our breakfast station or even as plate under plants or printers. Some use it as crafting area for their hobbies. One great idea is to use it in kitchen cabinets. Since there are so many different sizes available you can find the exact tray for your cabinet. You place your loose items on it and move it in the back of the cabinet. You can clearly see all your cabinet contents and can get to it easily by pulling the trays out.
Among the following reviewed trays you‘ll see trays of different quality so you can find the perfect one for your purposes.
AmGood Serving Tray in red
- Size: 10.5“ x 13.625“
- Made of plastic
My tray looked exactly like the picture shows. I love how easy it is to clean. It has served its purpose many times over. I have had this one over two months and washed it just about everyday and it is still the same bright color.
We wanted two unobtrusive brown trays that would sit under our toaster and coffeemaker on the brown granite countertop to contain crumbs and spills. These fit the bill perfectly. They are solid trays that are designed for serving but have been re-purposed in our household and do the job perfectly!
These trays are very sturdy and light. They stack very well and they are nice and big enough to put everything I need on it. I just ordered some more trays in a different color because I am so happy with them.
Melamine Plum Rectangular Tray
- Great for indoor or outdoor use
- Comes in many fun colors
- Food safe for direct food contact
- Size: 18.75“ x 11.62“ x 0.75“
- Dishwasher safe
I have this tray on my small storage ottoman to hold various drinks and phones and things we often have sitting here. It is skinny and somewhat long. The melamine plastic is firm and smooth, easy to wipe clean. It’s shiny and looks great.
I needed something to display a large pillar candle and some shells on the desk in my beach house living room. The size and color are just what I wanted. These trays are a nice quality.
If you’re looking for a beautifully colored, lightweight & sturdy serving tray, this is it! I am going to buy more of these!
Winco Gray Tray
- Good quality product
- Will not warp with frequent use
- Trusted and reliable
- Used by foodservice experts
- Size: 14“ x 18“ x 1“
What I can say about it is that it is very sturdy and well made. Not at all flimsy.
These trays are a good bargain for the cost. I have yet to find a tray-full of food and dishes that they can’t handle. After I had these for a while, I found myself using them fairly frequently to gather and move assorted small objects. Handy. I’m pleased to have them.
I must admit that, for gray, these trays are somewhat attractive. They have a pattern which “fancies” them up a bit and also serves to retard the plates sliding around. I do like them for their size, relative stiffness for plastic, cafeteria trays, their “apparent anti-warpness, and finally price.