Info for Furniture Manufacturers
At the heart of our system is the best selling Gratnells tray. The tray itself has been designed to exceed all educational standards, and we’re the proud winners of a Worlddidac Education Award for excellence of the design. Our tray has become the standard school tray for furniture all over the world.
On the right you can download the technical information you need to incorporate our trays into your furniture. Start off with the Standard Runner Fitting (.pdf) sheet for basic fittings - below on the right. We also have an example of a suggested page layout for your catalogue in our 15 top tips section on the right. Thinking about different furniture ideas? Why not look at our furniture examples which you can also download on the right?
**NEW FOR 2015 - Stop safe runner system for wood furniture manufacturers.
HERE ARE THE BASICS
Four heights of standard tray
Our standard trays, known as the F range, are available in four different heights: The F1 (Shallow) 75mm, the F2 (Deep) 150mm, the F25 (Extra Deep) 225mm, and the F3 (Jumbo) 300mm. All the four trays are 312mm wide. The length of the shallow and deep trays is 427mm with the length of the Extra Deep and Jumbo tray being 430mm. The dimensions were not set by Gratnells but by the British Government in the 60s so that classroom furniture throughout the country was interchangeable. We have found that primary and kindergartens prefer the deeper trays to store bulky toys often on shelves. Younger children find it easier to locate a tray on a shelf than a runner. Whereas secondary schools prefer the shallow and deep trays on runners to maximise storage space. The exact dimensions of the trays can be downloaded on the right – see F Range Tray Dimensions Diagram(.pdf). To fit the trays into your furniture using our runners please download Standard Runner Fitting(.pdf.) and for a general overview of the tray system see Overview Catalogue(.pdf).
We have also included AutoCad 2D/3D files of the trays on the right. For AutoCad files of our entire product range please look in the Architects section of the site.
Over 30 different tray colours
Our trays are available in an exciting range of over 30 colours – from bright primary colours like Flame Red and Sunshine Yellow through to subtle pale grey or even translucent. Why not try out our new Jelly translucent range in Blueberry, Strawberry, Lemon, Grape and Kiwi? We can also run bespoke colours especially for you to match furniture fittings or trim. The minimum order for this is around 800 trays but do ask. There’s a tray to complement every piece of furniture and every classroom. You can see visual boards with all our tray colours over on Pinterest.
COLOUR SWATCH To help you choose an exact colour we have launched a Pantone- style colour swatch. We have updated our 2010 version with more information. For your free copy please give us a ring and we will pop one in the post.
At last our new Quadrant tray, that makes furniture with a curve possible, is now available. Get your hands on a sample as they come off the production line. Full technical information is available from the front page of this trade section
Trays to fit under school desks.
One popular use of Gratnells trays is for use under a desk in singles or pairs. We make special brackets to hold the trays but you might have your own ideas. See Under-Desk Bracket(.pdf). And we now have a new tray - the S1 underdesk tray - which is a narrower version of our standard shallow F1 tray. It has been specially designed to sit alongside the F1 under a standard 600mm under-desk space.
Standard or Stop -n-Tilt® runners
Trays can simply sit on a shelf or slot into our standard tray runner system. The standard runner allows easy access to the tray. Alternatively our unique Stop-n-Tilt®runner keeps each Gratnells tray securely in position thanks to a clever locking brake. Yet, with a simple upward tilt, trays can be removed quickly and safely. No accidents. No mess. That’s why it’s the perfect partner for all your wooden furniture. And a great match for any classroom, too. See Stop-n-Tilt Overview(.pdf) and details of how to fit in your furniture Stop-n-Tilt Technical(.pdf)
A full range of accessories
We also have a range of lids and tray inserts for storing smaller items such as pens or crayons - it all adds up to a fully comprehensive storage system
Trays for 400mm deep furniture.
As well as our popular standard F tray range, we also have a second range of trays designed for 400mm deep furniture, known as the N range. The tray range comes in two depths and nine popular colours, and has the additional option of having the handle cut-out at the side. Our two ranges of tray have been designed to fit most international school furniture. Please download our Play Tray N Range(.pdf.) on the right. We have also added some downloadable pictures for use in catalogues.
A3 Trays for furniture
Gratnells also manufacturers a tray designed for A3 paper, rather confusingly called the D3 tray. For technical information to fit this tray see A3 Tray Dimensions(.pdf)
Art Trays for furniture
Gratnells also manufacturers a tray designed for art paper called A1. For technical information to fit this tray see Art Tray Dimensions(.pdf)
Flat Pack Furniture
Most wooden school furniture is delivered ready assembled - but sometimes there is a need to be able to deliver furniture as a flat-pack, expecially when delivering overseas, or when there are cost issues involved. We teamed up with one leading wooden furniture manufacturer to demonstrate how you could deliver self -assembly wooden furniture with Gratnells trays. Just download the flat pack guide on the right to see the details (flat_pack_guide.pdf)