How to Cover Table Tops

Written by charlie gaston
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Fine woods and other materials can require upkeep to prevent ageing and wear and tear. To aid this process, you can choose from a variety of table cloths, covers and runners. If a fabric does not suit your decor, other materials, including glass, are also available. The next time you host a party, you can use any number of covers to keep your table safe from stains and spills. You can even use them for daily use.

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Things you need

  • Table cover
  • Table glass
  • Table runner
  • Tablecloth

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    Adorn your table with a table cover. Polyester, nylon and vinyl fabric table covers are available in draped, fitted, elasticated and runner varieties. An ideal way to protect fine wood tables, table covers are available in wrinkle resistant, washable and flame retardant varieties.

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    Use stained glass to dress up your table. Choose from square, rectangular, round and multi-sided glass. An ideal way to protect natural woods from spills and stains, glass is sturdy and breathable. Regular care is required to remove unwanted finger prints.

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    Add a table runner. Available in silk, satin and polyester, table runners range from elegant to casual. Use a runner to break up a solid print table cloth and add a touch of elegance. Ideal for receptions as well as everyday use, table runners are available in a range of colour, styles and fabrics.

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    Size your table for a tablecloth. Choose by pattern, size and style. Select a pattern or colour that complements your decor. Add table mats, paper or fabric napkins with tassels and doilies to complete your dining room set.

Tips and warnings

  • Table top runners, glass and covers are available at large retailers like Better Homes and Gardens and Target, as well as internet retailers like
  • Prices for the items mentioned in this article vary by style and brand.

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