Wood furniture has the ability to bring out the best in space by complementing other features, whether it’s in the dining room, kitchen, living area, or bedroom. Unfortunately, wooden furnishings are relatively easy to scratch and stain, resulting in rapid deterioration and loss of appeal. Many individuals, dating back to the 12th century France and Italy, began covering tablecloths to conceal flaws on their furniture in order to preserve its beauty.
However, as the adage states, ‘prevention is preferable to cure,’ and there’s no doubt that preserving your furnishings in excellent working order is preferable to simply covering up the damage. Glass table protectors are common, but they aren’t ideal since they’re typically pricey, inconvenient, and fragile.
Acrylic table protectors have been gaining popularity as a result of these shortcomings since acrylic is as transparent as glass yet lacks its fragility, weight, and expense.
Acrylic is a low-cost material that is simple to machine and can be molded into any shape required. This flexibility makes it extremely useful since it allows you to make a table cover that is appropriate for any table in your home, regardless of its form or size.
1- The Hard Way
Making the cover is simple and may be done with basic household items:
To begin with, you’ll need to measure the table’s surface as precisely as possible.
Obtain a larger-than-required acrylic sheet with dimensions that are greater in width and height than the intended surface by at least several centimeters.
Make a tape border and outline the table’s dimensions on it. Never make any marks on the acrylic itself.
Using a hack saw to cut around the outline is fine, but leave a few millimeters of space on all sides, as you will need to sand the acrylic to smooth the cuts. If you have access to a jig or band saw, using them would be preferable.
Sand the edges to eliminate any roughness. If at all feasible, use three sandpapers of varying grits, with the coarsest first and then moving on to one with a high abrasion rate; this will ensure that you get the best possible finish.
2- The Easy Way
You will save money by purchasing cut-to-size acrylic sheets online. After that, you must measure the area carefully, but everything else is simply a matter of choosing your preferred sheet and inputting the dimensions. It will be sent to your home within days. Polished edges, therefore, are the most visually appealing option.
How Do I Choose My Table Protector?
Glass is not recommended since it’s heavy, inconvenient, and fragile. Instead, opt for acrylic which is lightweight yet sturdy enough to prevent scratches and stains on wooden surfaces. Furthermore, since acrylic comes in any shape or size imaginable, it’s easy to custom-design covers for tables with irregularly shaped surfaces or furniture with unusual form factors like pedestals or legs with heavy bases.
Although sturdy enough to maintain the surface scratch-free, acrylic acts as a barrier preventing liquids from seeping into the table’s wooden frame, thereby helping you avoid wood warping and deterioration over time due to dampness. Thus, if your primary concern is protecting surfaces while maintaining their beauty for long periods of time, then this is the best option available to you.
The other advantage that Acrylic sheets have over other materials like glass or metal is that they are easy to cut. They can be cut with simple tools like saws and drill presses or even laser cutting machines easily. You can custom make any size or shape required without worrying about the expensive setup process. Making them perfect for all kinds of furniture dimensions and styles!