Angie's LIST Guide to
Custom table pads
Topped with heavy-duty leatherette or other durable materials, table protection pads have a soft, cushioned bottom that will not scratch or damage your wood or glass table. The durable top can withstand spills, hot dishes and sharp edges that would otherwise harm your table.
Most furniture items are made of softwoods, which come from coniferous trees. Examples of softwoods include pine, larch, spruce, cedar, fir and Douglas fir. Less often, furniture is made from such hardwoods as oak, maple, mahogany, birch, teak, walnut, poplar, aspen or elm. One of the biggest differences between these types of woods is durability. Softwoods are less dense than hardwoods, making them less durable and more susceptible to dents, scratches and stains. Softwoods are also less fire-resistant than hardwoods, and show burns more easily when a hot object is placed on them.
Table pads protect your table from spills, scratches and other damage. When using a table protection pad, you can have peace of mind during family dinners, game nights and everyday occasions. You will know that a spilled glass of wine, stray game piece or hot dish will not stain, scratch, dent or burn your beautiful table.
Many table manufacturers offer a table protection pad, but a custom designed pad is ideal. A custom table pad fits your tabletop perfectly, even if it's irregularly shaped, ensuring that every inch is protected. Custom pads are available in a wide variety of styles, including colors and textures such as wood grains or leather. These beautiful styles eliminate the need for a tablecloth, make clean up easy and fit right into your existing decor.
Shopping for table pads
Table protection pads can be purchased at furniture stores or custom-designed online. Many online stores offer a variety of options so you can find a pad that meets your needs and preferences. Some even offer pads with magnetic backings, so your pad won't slip during a meal. Local furniture makers also may offer pad services and make a house call to design a custom table protection pad that fits your surface perfectly.
You can take your own measurements for a custom protection pad as well. Measure the flat surface of the table using a flexible metal tape, and round measurements to the nearest 1/8 inch. Record the width and length of the table without leaves, then measure the width and length of each leaf. You should note whether the corners are rounded or square.
In addition to taking measurements for a custom pad, you can make a template using paper. Roll the paper onto the table, lining the edge with the center split. Use a pencil to outline the edge of the table's flat surface.
Although these two measurement methods are easy to do at home, it is still recommended that you contact a professional to ensure that your custom pad is accurately sized.
Cleaning table pads
Most pads for tables are easy to clean because they're made of durable materials that can withstand spills and repel stains. When necessary, simply wipe down your table pad with a household cleaner and pat dry.
Remove pads twice a month to dust and clean the wood beneath it. Use a wood cleaner on the surface and let it dry completely before replacing the table pad.
Changing table pads
Over time, your table pad may show signs of wear. Repairs can be done at most furniture stores. Most table pad problems can be repaired for a minor cost in just a few days.
A table protection pad is meant to protect the surface it covers and should be replaced when it poses a hazard itself. A table pad that is warped or scratches the table should be replaced immediately.