Protect your coffee table-turned-play surface with a crib sheet

Candie’s great tip for coffee table play:

I have found that the kids’ favorite place to play is the family room coffee table. Usually I don’t like to allow this but I have found it is just the right height for them and makes a great craft table for all of our crafty projects. I have tried covering it with various things (i.e. blankets, sheets and paper) but it everything slides off. Finally I got the idea to use a crib sheet. It’s a great way to recycle those old crib sheets and it stays on perfectly! (Of course you’ll need a rectangular or oval table.)

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  1. Hayley says

    Nice! We cover the main play area of our coffee table with a big sheet of drawing paper, affixed with that wondrous invention, blue painters’ tape. No sliding around, and we can safely hang up the day’s artwork on any vertical surface…

  2. says

    That’s a great idea! We were just playing with play-doh on our coffee table (in the kitchen). It is the perfect height for little ones.
    The crib sheet wouldn’t work with play-doh, but painting and coloring for sure!

  3. Tiffany says

    That’s a great idea! I’m thinking the plastic sheets would be great for the messier stuff. I wish I would have thought of this before my table became permanently glittered though. :-/

  4. says

    We use a vinyl tablecloth, held on by those extra large binder clips attached to the slats between the legs. This only works on certain types of coffee tables though.