Buying Guide for Puzzle Tables
Why buy a puzzle table?
A puzzle table takes your favorite hobby off your coffee table or dining table to save space and avert potential disasters with spills, kids, pets, etc. Many puzzle tables come with drawers, perfect for separating puzzle pieces or keeping the box nearby. Puzzle tables make great gifts for jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts as well as board gamers and fantasy role-playing gamers.
What should you consider in a puzzle table?
- Size: Determine how big the puzzle will be and if the table’s surface is large enough for the puzzle. Most puzzle tables have their capacity noted on the product description (1,500 pieces, 1,000 pieces, and so on) so you can choose what works best for you.
- Portability: Consider if you will be traveling with the puzzle board, as there are portable options available. Some come with covers so that you can travel with them without fretting about the weather. Others are lightweight, easy to carry, and can prop up on a bed or floor. These options are great for family trips or those on bed rest.
- Storage: All puzzle tables can be tucked away, but some are more compact than others. Most will fit neatly into a closet or on a shelf. But some fold flat, making them easy to store even in small spaces.
Why are puzzles good for the brain?
Puzzles have been around for a long time because people need to exercise their brains. Putting together puzzles helps to increase our visual-spatial reasoning and concentration, improves short-term memory, and releases dopamine. Puzzles are especially great for kids for improving motor function, forming relationships between objects, and increasing general problem-solving ability.
Our Picks for the Best Puzzle Tables
Bits and Pieces - The Original Jumbo 1500 pc Wooden Puzzle Plateau
This wooden storage and display puzzle table has a large surface area and four convenient sliding drawers.
Pros: Perfect for sorting and assembling puzzles, this wooden puzzle organizer allows for sorting, assembling, and storing jigsaw puzzles, keeping them safe until next time. This table features four reinforced wooden sliding drawers to store puzzle and game pieces. The work surface is smooth, and it’s sealed with a lacquer finish to prevent warping. This puzzle table’s workspace measures 26 x 34 inches and fits most 1,500-piece puzzles.
Cons: This puzzle table is bulky and not very portable. Plus, there are no magnets or latches to keep the drawers closed when moving the table.
Bottom Line: This board satisfies most puzzle enthusiasts’ needs. It’s a great space to build your puzzles and leave unfinished works away from your common areas. It’s best to store it someplace close and convenient, as it may be a bit heavy and awkward to carry.
PLAYVIBE 1500 Piece Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Table
With six drawers and a smooth surface, this puzzle table is perfect for family game nights.
Pros: This large puzzle table is constructed to create an efficient, enjoyable way to assemble and store your 1,500-piece puzzles. It’s made from high-quality wood, which won’t fade or warp over time. It’s uniquely constructed to keep your unfinished puzzles safe until you’re ready to continue or finish your puzzle or game. The six sliding drawers allow you to store extra puzzle or game pieces without worrying about misplacing any components.
Cons: Because of its weight, awkward shape, and massive size, this puzzle table may be more difficult to store away than some others.
Bottom Line: This extra-large puzzle table has more drawers than most, making it great for sorting puzzle pieces or playing games. It’s made from quality materials that are built to last. Overall, this puzzle is great for avid gamers but not as great for people who have limited strength or storage space.
Jumbl Puzzle Board Rack
This unique folding table is perfect for propping up on a table, bed, or even the floor.
Pros: This unique wooden puzzle board is a great alternative to large and bulky tables and tabletop models since it has its own foldable legs. It can work as a bed tray, on a tabletop, or on the floor for games and puzzles. It has a wide 27 x 35-inch surface area that fits up to 1,500-piece puzzles and most game boards. It also has six convenient storage drawers to keep your puzzle pieces and game pieces secure. There’s an integrated edging to keep your game board or puzzle in place, even if you accidentally tip or bump it.
Cons: This puzzle table is very heavy, and the drawers may stick a bit.
Bottom Line: There’s plenty of room on this puzzle table to produce larger puzzles or play games. It’s great for people with limited mobility or people who are bedridden. And it stores away flat.
Bits and Pieces - Foldaway Jigsaw Puzzle Table
This folding game table is there when you need it and neatly stores away when you don't.
Pros: This puzzle table works just like a traditional folding table design. It’s light enough and easy enough for most people to secure the surface on top to set up the table. Designed to fit anywhere, this table folds completely flat, so you can keep it out of the way when not in use. It’s made of composite and hardwood with a non-slip felt puzzle surface on top. The puzzle surface fits most puzzles up to 1,500 pieces. When assembled, this puzzle table measures 28 inches tall, with the tabletop measuring 26 x 34 inches.
Cons: This puzzle table takes up a decent footprint of floor space when assembled.
Bottom Line: If you have space, this is a great puzzle table to set up when it’s time to put together a puzzle or play a game with your family. It’s portable yet somewhat heavy, but it can be stored away easily. And it has a nice, smooth surface on top.
Puzzle Ready Puzzle Board with Drawers & Cover Mat
This family-friendly game table features a soft surface and a cover, so you can take it along on family trips, holidays, and outings.
Pros: Perhaps the only puzzle table fit for an RV, this patent-pending puzzle plateau makes a great place to keep jigsaw puzzles in progress even when you need to move them into a safe place for storage. It’s smooth and sturdy, perfect for board games and puzzles. It has a soft felt surface, perfect for keeping game boards and puzzle pieces in place. It’s lightweight and a good size, fitting most 1,000-piece puzzles. There are also color-coded sorting trays to help keep jigsaw puzzles organized. And it only weighs about 11 pounds, making it one of the most lightweight options.
Cons: The felt surface may release over time.
Bottom Line: This unique puzzle table is perfect for all of your traveling needs. Whether you volunteer, like to camp, or have traveling game nights with friends, this portable puzzle table will certainly come in handy.
Puzzle tables make fantastic gifts for the puzzler in your life. They keep puzzle pieces secure and organized. And they keep puzzle pieces off of coffee tables and dining tables and securely away from kids and pets.