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How To Make A Table Protector

Written by JD
14/03/2018 15:20:28

How To Protect Your Table Top

If you are considering a new glass table top, replacing a broken or scratched table or want to cover an existing table to protect it from scratches and damage, take a look at clear as glass acrylic. It’s worthy of consideration because acrylic looks just like glass and costs significantly less making it a more affordable choice.  However, it’s not just it’s cheaper price tag that makes acrylic attractive as a protective cover for tables or as a table top – to the naked eye it looks like glass but is half the weight (lighter to move) and double the strength (won’t shatter if dropped).  

Clear acrylic furniture protectors are popular with customers of The Plastic People – take a look at the many pictures sent in showing how acrylic has been used in their homes to cover all kinds of items from desks, coffee tables, dining room tables, dressing tables and sideboards.  Because they can be polished to a high shine, clear acrylic furniture protectors also bring a little look of luxury into their homes.  

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Maybe you already have a desk or table that you love which you want to protect from damage and are looking for a bespoke glass desk or table cover for that perfect protective covering?  Acrylic can be cut to any size and shape. When polished it also gleams adding a shining touch to any room.  You can buy polished acrylic in DIY stores and online.  If you would like help, try the friendly team at The Plastic People.
If you are not sure which thickness to choose for your table cover or table protection, then typically start looking from 3mm acrylic upwards. For an acrylic table top or desk top which is supported by a frame look from 10mm acrylic upwards. It will depend on the overall size of your table top or desk top – the thicker the acrylic you choose, the more rigid the acrylic table top will be.

Smartening up and protecting your tables and furniture with clear acrylic is easy to do: Acrylic can be cut to any size and shape so whether you have a round table and need an acrylic disc or a rectangular or square table you can use acrylic.  Simply measure the length and width of your furniture – or diameter for circular tables – and order acrylic to these sizes in order to cover the top of your table or piece of furniture. For a premium look, go for a reasonable thickness of either 4mm acrylic or 5mm acrylic.  Have the edges of the cut to size acrylic well-polished and there you have it: instant shine and sheen.  When placed on your table top, the acrylic will look just like a protective glass top but a better choice, we think, because it is much lighter than glass and much stronger than glass.  

If you have much loved pieces that you would like to feature or bring into everyday use, you could use them to create a table.

Upcycled project using clear acrylic

Acrylic table protectors are also especially useful for events and celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, Christening receptions, Christmas and New Year when the table is a key focus – dressed to impress, adorned with arrangements and decorations.  Acrylic table protectors are a stylish way to safe guard and protect the table from the inevitable damages, spills and chips.  Should the festivities get out of hand, acrylic will not break and shatter like glass!  The polished edges of acrylic will gleam and shine along with all your other decorations.

Acrylic can also be used as protection for outdoor furniture.  Most wood and metal garden furniture requires some maintenance cleaning every year and protection throughout harsher winter weather.  Common advice is to store your garden furniture indoors over winter but if you are not able or don’t want to do that, what solutions exist that will protect your furniture?  Especially that will help make your cleaning maintenance a little easier when the time comes to do that.

Solutions people turn to typically include applying protective paints and treatments which vary depending on your choice of garden furniture.  Metal furniture needs to be protected from rusting and applying a rust preventing paint around every two years can maintain a barrier to weather.  Wooden garden furniture needs to be protected from rotting and dirt build up.  Hardwood furniture (eg. teak) is naturally more weather resistant than soft wood furniture and can can last for many years with no treatment at all but an annual wash with soapy water to remove lichen and dirt build up helps.  Softwoods need more maintenance to keep good condition. Surfaces need regular washing with a wood-cleaning product and treating (in dry weather) with a wood stain or paint containing preservative.

Heavy-duty waterproof covers are also a popular option to keep out the worst of the winter weather.
For something which looks a bit nicer and less like a cover, acrylic table covers are growing in popularity.

garden table protected with clear acrylic

Looking just like glass but 10 x stronger, acrylic table covers sit on top of your table protecting it from rain and debris while at the same time looking like a high end glass table top.  Because they are 10 x stronger than glass they are unlikely to break - and if they do, they are much safer, shattering into a few large pieces not lots of tiny shards like glass.  Acrylic table covers can be delivered to your home ready sized to cover your table (see them here) and acrylic cut to exact sizes can be bought easily online.  Check out sites with lots of positive customer reviews to be confident of a good service.
Friendly help is available at The Plastic People so if you have a table, desk or sideboard to cover or protect do ask for advice.
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