Table Tents Use Corrugated Fiberboard To Support Menu Design
In certain aspects, table tents are very much like large shipping boxes (see picture below)! Typically, they are made of cardstock which is a heavy paperboard used for business cards, restaurant menus, scrapbooking, stationery etc. This style of paper provides sufficient resources for stable and solid table tents with pleasing looks and attractive appearance. This is what restauranteurs and other business owners are looking for when using similar props to assist in the menu design process and seasonable etc. promotions. The slick and shiny sides of cardstock offer almost unparalleled area for excellent quality gloss printing and sending memorable commercial messaging.
The sides of the equation change a bit when table tents have to be taken outside for outdoor usage in the warmer periods. The light design of the structure does not allow it to withstand even the lightest of wind. The managers of the place pictured below had solved the problem in a rather cardboard box-manner – they attached a piece of 3-ply corrugated fiberboard sandwich to the inside of the table tents giving them extra stability and allowing for some wind resistance. While this does not make them water proof (the tents were showing some signs of water wear) it is a step in the right direction and solves some issues. It would probably not be applicable on a larger scale due to the amount of manual labor unless the whole engineering of the table tents gets modified to reflect the needed outdoors amendments.
Large shipping boxes and their building materials again prove to be rather versatile in usage and application. Certainly table tents are mailed to customers flat and in bulk amounts in order to keep postage cost within a reason. Many manufacturers have taken this to the next level making furniture and even transforming large shipping containers into cosy and even high-tech office spaces with container housing units.