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Butler’s Tray Coffee Table


The Butler’s Tray Coffee Table is an adaption of our much loved Butler’s Tray. It makes a superb small coffee table with the sides either folded or flat when the top is 940mm (37 1/2 “) x 640mm (25 1/2 “).

The legs are detachable and pack neatly into the underside of the table, making it ideal for shipping. The hinges are snap hinges constructed from solid brass of exceptional quality.


The design

The Butler’s Tray Coffee Table design is based on Classic Butler’s Tray. The Butler’s Tray was originally developed in England in the eighteenth century. The oval top of the coffee table has sides that fold up as required. Ideal for displaying your favourite coffee table books.

Material and fittings

The tables may be constructed from Zambezi teak (Rhodesian teak) or African mahogany. The solid brass snap hinges are imported from overseas and are of the finest quality, snapping open to 90 degrees when the tray sides are lifted up.

The size of the Butler’s Tray Coffee Table when folded out is 940 millimetres (thirty seven and a half inches) by 640 millimetres (twenty six inches). With sides folded, the tray is 700 millimetres (twenty-eight inches) by 400 millimetres (sixteen inches).


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1. Zambezi Teak, 2. African Mahogany

To protect your lacquered finish Butler’s Tray Coffee Table place it away from direct sunlight. Apply a good furniture wax or polish, initially twice a month, thereafter once a month. Apply sufficient to thinly cover the surface. As it dries (becomes dull) buff with a clean cloth until a beautiful sheen is achieved. Between waxings, keep the finish clean with a soft cloth or duster, and buff without wax.


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When you make your enquiry we will discuss delivery options with you.

Camps and lodges:

For camps and lodges in Southern Africa we can quote on delivery
with our transport or you may arrange collection.
For East Africa and beyond it is often more convenient for us to
quote containerised freight for large orders and air freight to nearest
airport for smaller orders.

International Orders:

Certain knock down products can be delivered by courier direct to you.
Slightly cheaper is to organise air freight to your nearest airport.
For large orders we can quote containerised delivery by sea.

Smaller orders in Southern Africa:

We will quote for delivery by courier or our transport depending on your location.


For orders to Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America we provide a
Certificate of Origin so that duty is not payable in your country of destination.

Orders supplied from stock we request payment in full when the order is placed.
For products made to order we request a 50% deposit on order
with the balance paid on completion.

Due to the stresses and strains that a Butler’s Tray Coffee Table can be subject to, we cannot offer a lifetime guarantee on this product. However, we do offer a one year warranty against defects in construction or material.

Please note that the timber used to hand make an African Touch Butler’s Tray Coffee Table is a natural hardwood that is varied in colour and grain, so no two pieces will look exactly the same. Natural knots and growth cracks may be present, but these will not affect the integrity of the piece, but rather add to its charm and appearance.

The African Touch will not in any circumstances be liable for any claim which falls outside the scope of our warranty or for any consequential damages whatsoever.

We offer 10% discount for orders of 5 or more Butler’s Tray Coffee Tables, and to Professional designers and decorators. The discount will reflect in your quote.

Prices include shipping to your nearest main port. Should you require shipment ‘Door to Door’ or to an isolated port we may need to update your quote depending on the extra cost. The price excludes fees at the port of entry (customs clearance, tax such as VAT etc).

Questions? Call +27 68 246 2513