At some point in the past, we realized just how disgusting it was to set handbags down on floors wherever we go and then keep them on the table while eating at a restaurant. Handbag hangers soon became a common sight in restaurants. Somehow, no one has yet addressed the sanitary or safety issues involved with setting shopping bags down on the ground as you eat or enjoy a short break from your day.
A team of designers realized the need for a better table design – and hence the HangOut table was created. The concept and execution are quite simple: a small cutout in the table’s surface gives you a place to hang your shopping bags as well as your handbag or laptop bag.
The design keeps your bags off of the ground so they don’t get dirty, but more importantly it can help keep you from being robbed. Placing bags beneath a table in a public place is common practice for many women, but it’s certainly not safe. The HangOut table keeps bags directly at hand and in your line of sight – and best of all, it shouldn’t cost any more to produce than a standard table.
Crucially, the HangOut Table is sized for individuals, giving each person two slots to hang their bags, instead of having just a couple hooks per larger group table. That makes it a lot more useful than it might be otherwise.
If there’s one major way in which the HangOut could be improved, it’s by making it a modular accessory that can fit just about any table instead of building it in. While not many business owners could be persuaded to replace every single table in their establishments with these, they might consider getting a version that’s more like an affordable add-on.
Overall, the HangOut table is a cool upgrade to casual dining experiences, and it would be great if it caught on.