Ideas to Cover Up an Ugly Table Top

Not all tables are created equal. Maybe you've inherited a table that's damaged or that you're not keen on. Or maybe your decorating style has changed over the years and your furniture hasn't. If you're stuck with a table you don't like, don't despair---there are practical ways to cover it up and create a table that you can use for many years to come.

Tiled Table Top

Use ceramic tiles to create a decorative tiled table top. Your table must be sturdy enough to support heavy tiles. If your table is small, glass mosaic tiles may be more suitable. Choose tiles whose colour scheme matches your room's decor. Arrange the tiles on the top of the table in a pattern or design that's pleasing to you. Once you've decided on a design, glue the tiles onto the table, let them dry, and then apply grout according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the grouting is dry, your new table is ready to use.


One of the easiest and cheapest ways to cover an ugly table top is to use a tablecloth. If you change your decor or colour scheme or even your mind, you can easily replace the old tablecloth. If you're handy with a sewing machine, design your own custom-made tablecloth.

Creative Glass Top

Purchase a sturdy, reinforced piece of glass from a home improvement store. (You may need to get it cut to fit your table.) Before you lay the glass on top of your table, arrange on the table a series of family photos, artwork, scrapbook pages, fabric swatches, wallpaper samples, or pieces of writing---anything that will make your table unique and personal. Adhere the items to the table with glue so they won't move around. To secure the glass to your table top, use thin, sticky rubber pads at the corners and around the edges of the table, between the table top and the glass.

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Rachel Newcombe has been a full-time freelance writer since 2000, specializing in health, parenting, property/interiors, lifestyle and travel. She's the author of “Skin Cancer and Sun Safety: The Essential Guide” and won the online journalism award in the 2004 Medical Journalism Awards. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the Open University.