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If you have young DC and carpet round your dining table...

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GiraffesAndButterflies Wed 26-Apr-17 06:58:31

... wtf do you do to keep it respectable?

We have just moved to a new house with a carpeted living/dining room and changing to hard floors is (sadly) not affordable right now. I have a 4yo and a 1yo, the carpet is off-white and I cook a lot of tomato based pasta dishes! At the moment I have a couple of towels catching spillages. But they look horrible and it's a PITA changing and washing them. I tried a plastic tablecloth under the table but it was insanely slippery, I took it up again after barely half an hour. Are there non-slip splash mat type things? Am I missing a better solution?

tissuesosoft Wed 26-Apr-17 07:00:33

These are easy to clean with wipes and non slip too

feesh Wed 26-Apr-17 07:00:41

I used a shower curtain under the high chair and a dog

SlipperyJack Wed 26-Apr-17 07:01:08

I used to use a cheap shower curtain when we were visiting rellies with carpets. It was a fabric one (as opposed to smooth plastic) so not too slippery.

tissuesosoft Wed 26-Apr-17 07:01:49

If you don't have eBay, Argos sell them too smile

JellyWitch Wed 26-Apr-17 07:18:07

I put a plastic art mat under when we visit my parents.

GiraffesAndButterflies Wed 26-Apr-17 07:22:37

shock tissues I actually have those!!! (God knows where, still packed in a box...) why did I not think of that! Thank you!

feesh for a brief moment of madness I seriously considered a dog - bit of an extreme solution though grin

Believeitornot Wed 26-Apr-17 07:23:37

We have a similar set up. The carpet look horrific until I had it cleaned recently!! I nearly ripped it up in rage but realised the floor underneath was just as bad.

tissuesosoft Wed 26-Apr-17 07:39:39

giraffes- I think manufactors calling them play mats is misleading, they should be renamed 'saviours for parents before they tear up the flooring in rage mats'. I have half the living room/dining floor covered them!

tissuesosoft Wed 26-Apr-17 07:50:45


bookworm14 Wed 26-Apr-17 08:46:41

Clear plastic mat from Jojo Maman Bebe. It's a godsend as our carpets are very pale and show every stain.

CycleHire Wed 26-Apr-17 08:52:34

We have an oilcloth table cloth on the floor. I bought it online. There are sites with loads of patterns and you can have exactly the size you want.

I 'think' I got ours from Only Oilcloths.

CycleHire Wed 26-Apr-17 08:53:37

skyzumarubble Wed 26-Apr-17 08:59:52

Big pieces of oilcloth from the local market stall. And a dog - nothing lasted long in the floor while he was around.

Skisunsnow Wed 26-Apr-17 09:31:01

I brought a 6' x 6' oil cloth floor mat from eBay. Cost about £8 and was idea for covering my new carpet.

kkkkaty123 Wed 26-Apr-17 10:21:36

Omg if I had carpet under my table it would look horrendous now. And that would be under dh chair alone grin look into these as well. They have little spikes underneath to grip the carpet and you can wipe them clean easily too. Iv only seen them as a runner though.

VioletHornswaggle Thu 27-Apr-17 18:10:44

Was going to suggest those see through grippy runners. Also a dog. Alternatively, we got a dark blue easy clean rug from IKEA that went under the table.

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