How to Renovate Your Cafeteria Tables (& Save Your School Money)

By Team School Fix® on September 15th, 2022

Buying new Cafeteria Tables and Seating is a considerable expense. For many school districts, it can be challenging to acquire funding for high-dollar furniture...

For major purchases such as these, the new furniture must be highly durable, lasting 15 to 30 years. Therefore, making the wrong buying decisions could prove even more costly. Another consideration when purchasing new cafeteria furniture is lead times. It can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks or longer, which proves difficult if there are time constraints. Renovating and updating your cafeteria tables can save the school time and money.

New-looking, well-kept cafeteria tables and seating help students and visitors have pride in their school. Matching furnishing colors to school colors also contribute to school spirit. If you want to give your cafeteria a fresh look, you should consider renovating the existing tables. Choosing this route saves the school time and money.

How to Renovate Your Cafeteria Tables and Save Your School MoneyHow to Renovate Your Cafeteria Tables and Save Your School Money

Not only will the school not have the significant expense of buying new, but it also allows the existing furniture to last for years to come, saving money long term. Renovation projects can be completed quickly and efficiently without causing major disruptions.

To help guide you through the buying process for cafeteria table renovation parts, we put together this cheat sheet of the replacement parts we offer, including highlights, videos, and links to product listings.


Cafeteria Table Replacement Parts

Replacement Stool Caps

Stool Cap Brand Cafeteria Table Stool Tops have been developed to exceed the original manufacturers' design quality and fit most cafeteria brands with one universal design. Made from high-quality HDPE plastics, they resist breakage from everyday usage. Choose from our Universal Cone Style Stool Caps, Universal Flat Style Stool Caps, or the Universal Solid Plastic Stool Tops. Other brands available are Virco, Sico, Palmer-Hamilton, Krueger, National Pubilc Seating, and AmTab.

Choose from three different styles:

1. Universal Cone Style Stool Caps to be mounted directly to the table frame's tubing.

2. Universal Flat Style Stool Caps to be mounted to an existing mounting plate.

3. Universal Solid Plastic Stool Tops (5/8" Thick) to be mounted to an existing mounting plate.

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Flat Style Stool Cap and Cone Style Stool Cap ComparisonFlat Style Stool Cap and Cone Style Stool Cap Comparison
Cone Style Stool Cap Product BreakdownCone Style Stool Cap Product Breakdown
Replacement Table Tops for School Cafeteria TablesReplacement Table Tops for School Cafeteria Tables
Replacement Table Top Core Material for Cafeteria TablesReplacement Table Top Core Material for Cafeteria Tables

Replacement Table Tops

Our Replacement Table Tops are available with a Particle Board Core or an MDF Fiberboard Core, with a minimum of 3/4 inch thickness (MDF core is also available in 1-1/4 inch thickness), as well as four sizes and a variety of colors. Shapes available include Rectangle, Square, Half-Round, and Half-Hexagon.

Replacement Bench Seats

The Replacement Cafeteria Table Bench Tops are 3/4 inch thick and available with a Particleboard Core or an MDF Fiberboard Core. These replacement cafeteria table benches are also available with a standard T-Mold Edging or Armor Edging for additional durability.

Replacement Cafeteria Table Bench SeatsReplacement Cafeteria Table Bench Seats
Replacement Cafeteria Table Safety LatchReplacement Cafeteria Table Safety Latch
Replacement Cafeteria Table Safety Latch InstallationReplacement Cafeteria Table Safety Latch Installation

Replacement Safety Latch

Replacement Top Safety Latch for built-in cafeteria tables. When installed at three points around the table, the safety latch holds the table in an upright position to prevent unwanted unfolding.

Replacement Casters

The durable Midwest Cafeteria Table Replacement Stem Caster is threaded for easy installation and measures 4" x 1-3/8" with a 3/4" x 3/8" stem.

These heavy-duty plate top casters come in 4", 5", or 6" wheel diameters, swivel or non-swivel, and with or without brakes.

Also available is our Universal Non-Marking Soft Rubber Wheels that are commonly used as a replacement cafeteria table wheel. These replacement wheels will fit any application that utilizes a 1-5/8" diameter wheel with a 5/16" hub.

Replacement 4 inch Threaded Stem Caster To Fit Midwest Brand Cafeteria TablesReplacement 4 inch Threaded Stem Caster To Fit Midwest Brand Cafeteria Tables
Replacement Cafeteria Table Wheel with Axle (1-5/8" Diameter)Replacement Cafeteria Table Wheel with Axle (1-5/8" Diameter)
Replacement T-Mold Cafetria Table EdgingReplacement T-Mold Cafetria Table Edging
Replacement Cafetria Table EdgeReplacement Cafetria Table Edge

Replacement Table Edging

Replacement T-Mold Edging is installed on the edges of tables to eliminate sharp edges and corners and make for a more comfortable environment.

The T-Mold Edging is constructed of impact-resistant, flexible polyethylene, making this a durable and easy-to-install option. It comes in a 250-foot roll, with various sizes and colors to choose from.


Many Cafeteria Furniture Renovation solutions can be implemented into your facility’s plan, but if you’re on a tight budget and need Replacement Cafeteria Table Parts and Hardware that is affordable and dependable, look no further - there’s a School Fix® product to fit your needs! We hope you found this guide helpful. To read more about our products or solutions to common school maintenance concerns, please visit the School Fix® Blog.

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