How to choose the right stainless steel medical table

Stainless steel tables are used in every department and nearly every room of medical facilities around the world. Before jumping to conclusions about what you need, it is very important to understand what you are using the table for. Just because you had a certain style previously, it doesn’t meant there is not something better suited to your needs on the market today. This short guide below will help provide clarity around what is needed to meet your needs.

  1. What is the primary use of the table?
    • Transporting items – A cart is recommended with a handle for ease of transport.
    • Using as a work surface for long periods of time – A work table that is sturdier and a little taller to make it easier to stand at for long periods of time.
    • A place to lay items out for display or to have ready if needed – An instrument/ back style table is a great fit.
    • A place to store instruments close to the surgical site. A height adjustable over bed table is the one you need.
  2. What is the size and weight of the items are you putting on the table?
    • Very small instruments and tools – Just a standard flat top table with no back splash, guardrail, or lip works great.
    • Large bulky items – Adding a guardrail to the table is strongly recommended.
    • Transporting various items – A lip up on top and shelf as in a cart style is a good option.
  3. Do you need more storage below the table top?
    • No – An H-brace Table is great
    • Yes – A lower shelf is recommended.
    • Definitely! as much as we can possibly get!
      • Multiple shelves can be added.
      • Stainless steel drawers can be mounted under any table top.
      • Plastic bins can be added under the top or shelf of any table.
  4. Is the table to be stationary, mobile, or a combination of both?
    • Leg Levelers can be added to create a stationary table.
    • Locking casters come standard on some tables but can be added to any table.

Cart Style

Stainless steel utility cart

This cart style is great for transporting items. It has a handle at one end to make it easy to push and control during transport. It is constructed of stainless steel and can be easily customized to meet your needs.

Choose your size
There are stock sizes available, but make sure you get a size that works for your customer.

Choose your shelves
Available with 2+ shelves to meet your needs. 3 is the most common but you can add up to ten! This quantity would obviously increase the height.

* All shelves have a 1″ lip on back and sides and a 1″ lip down on the front to make it easy to load.

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Work Table Style

stainless steel work table

This is a heavy duty 14 gauge table with 1.5″ legs. This table is built for working at for long periods of time and doing intricate work where an easy to clean and sterile work space is needed. 35″ height is very close to the standard height of a counter. Also the heavier duty construction makes it more stable and there is less deflection of the table top. A great fit for Central Sterile, Laboratory, Pharmacy or any other location a stainless steel work table is needed.

A myriad of sizes available from 16 x 20 up to 36 x 96!!

Available with:

  • Lower Shelf
  • H-brace
  • Casters(4″ heavy duty with 2 locking)
  • Leg levelers for stationary applications.

Instrument Table Style

stainless steel instrument tables also known as back tables are used in operating rooms in medical facilities.

This is a great sturdy table designed to be used as a back table in the OR during a case. With 16 gauge top and 1″ square legs it is a great fit for that application.

  • Many standard sizes available and custom sizes upon request.
  • Can be either h-brace or with a lower shelf
  • 3″ casters are standard, locking casters available upon request.
  • H-brace design makes it easy to work around the legs of other items

Nested tables are a great fit for locations where a few tables are needed for a case, but not a lot of storage room is available. Can be ordered as a set or pick out your own size combination.

  • Save valuable space
  • Variety of heighsts to suit different heights of staff.
  • Open space under table to store other equipment

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Utility/Prep Table Stylestainless steel utility tables also known as prep tables used in medical facilities

Utility Tables also known as prep tables have drawers under the top to store extra supplies and a guardrail around the top to prevent items from falling of the edge of the table.  They are available in 2 sizes and many different drawer configurations.  
  • Standard size is 16 x 20
  • Available with 1,2,3, or 4 drawers
  • Guardrail comes standard.

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Over bed Adjustable Height Table Style

stainless steel height adjustable tables that straddle the operating table in ORsThis table is designed specifically for use during surgery. Designed to straddle the OR table and hold instruments close to surgery site. Adjusts in height from 36″ to 56″ to account for varying procedures. Can be operated from either side of table. Hand crank removes and hangs inside leg.

* Now available in 5 different sizes.

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Guardrail Options

a guardrail can be added to any stainless steel medical tableIf your customer needs to hold bulky items or machines such as a refrigerator or warmer, on a table top, a guardrail is a great option. It keeps items from falling of the top but it is still easy to clean. Guardrails can be added to any table. You can specify one, two or three sided guardrails. These rails are welded on at the factory and are constructed of 5/16″ round solid stainless steel bar. No further assembly required.

Drawer and bin options

plastic pull out bins can be added to create storage under any stainless steel medical tableDo you need an extreme amount of storage? Stainless steel drawers can be added below the top or shelf of any table. Choose your quantity and placement to get the storage you need.

Plastic bins are another storage option. They can be removed completely from the table and taken to another location. Because they are all plastic and remove completely, they are very easy to clean and disinfect. Available in 4″, 6″, 8″ and 10″ depths.



Mid Central Medical has been serving the medical market for over 25 years and knows exactly what is needed to meet the criteria for now harboring bacteria and maintaining a glove friendly edge to all our tables.  We call this our Med Assured quality pledge and it is built in to every table that we make.  Get the Med Assured advantage in your next table!  

4 thoughts on “How to choose the right stainless steel medical table”

  1. Titanium surgical instruments offer several advantages over stainless steel instruments, Titanium instruments are lightweight with a high tensile strength. Titanium is durable, even after repeated autoclaving, Titanium instruments are corrosion resistant, non-ferrous, non-magnetic and bio-compatible.

    1. Titanium is definitely another option for instruments, however, we have found that it is not cost effective for stainless steel medical tables. Stainless steel is sufficient for this application but still cost effective enough to be the best viable option. Thank you for your input.

  2. Can your tables go through an Automatic Cart Washer for decontamination???
    We are looking for tables that can handle high temp water. 195 degrees F

    1. Hello Mike,

      We do make tables that can go through a cart washer. That process requires a different caster but happy to help you out with that.

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