This article was kindly provided from the folks over at Timber and Textiles.
Having a beautiful dining table is a real pleasure. It gives you a place to eat on in style, and a wonderful centerpiece to a room that is truly a central point in your home. The dining room table is a place where so many special memories take place, and is the location of many happy holiday meals and birthday celebrations.
But perhaps because of all of that hustle and bustle, this very special table often start to show signs of all that wear and tear. What was once a stunning piece of furniture can look like a beat up old scratching post after a few years if it isn't protected.
Covering it up is the obvious solution. You can find any number of padded and protective table cloths at any home goods store that you walk into. But a table cloth isn't the perfect answer. You don't always want to see a piece of fabric draped over your table. It just doesn't have that same class that your beautiful table had without it.
The best solution is to use dining table pads. These are special pads that can be made to fit the exact shape of your table. So even if you have special wood work and fancy corners, you can have a custom pad made that will fit it just right and will show off all of those neat little edgings.
You can also have the color made to match the exact shade of your wood, so that it is a lot less noticeable than a table cloth would be. Pads come in a wide range of thickness, materials, and prices, so you can find just the right thing for your home, and for your budget.