You've just had that beautiful new dining room table delivered and you want to make sure its good looks last for your grandchildren. Or, perhaps your dining room table is well past its prime. You need it to look good for the holidays, but you don't have the time or money to get a new one. Believe it or not, there is a solution to both of these problems-a table pad.
What's a Table Pad?
A table pad is a pad that fits over a dining room table to protect the wood from:
- Liquid spills
- Heat damage (over 500��F) from warm dishes.
Table pads can be custom-made to fit virtually any size or shape of table. When a table pad is used under a tablecloth, it reduces table clatter and gives the tablecloth an attractive drape.
However, table pads don't need to be hidden under a tablecloth; they can make a fashion statement of their own. Table pads are generally made from attractive materials such as leatherette on one side, with suede or velvet on the other. So, a table pad can be an attractive addition to a dining room even when it isn't being used for dinner.
Table Pad Protection
Table pads are approximately ��-inch thick and made from seven or eight layers of felt either glued together or with a fiberboard insert to give it rigidity. Some pads also have a metal foil layer that serves as a heat shield to help protect the table. Custom-made table pads are not just laid onto a table top; they are fastened in place by Velcro or proprietary fastening techniques utilizing plastic locking mechanisms or even magnetic inserts.
Table Pads: Other Usages
Some manufacturers make table pads for different kinds of furniture such as dinette tables. Table pad accessories are available for virtually your entire dining room set. Custom-made bags can store table leaves and protect them from scratches, scuffs, and moisture. Matching table pads can also protect buffets and sideboards.
Table Pads to Increase Functionality
Manufacturers of table pads often use their technology to provide pads that expand the utility of a table. For example, a table pad can be used to extend a tabletop and make a custom tabletop. In addition, tops such as card table extenders, poker, and gaming table extenders, as well as preprinted Texas Hold 'Em tables are all possible.