I'm working with a client who has twin 18 month olds and I really have my work cut out for me! I don't have kids so I didn't realize how messy they can be at dinner time till I spent an evening with them. I quickly realized why my client has a lovely clear plastic sheet over her new kitchen table. After I told her it was ugly (she is also a friend, so no hurt feelings here) and had to go she asked me what my solution would be.
This is it! I love how the tablecloth is tailored to fit just the top while still showing the legs. The short tablecloth also allows her to get a vacuum under the table for an easy clean up after dinner.
It's a win-win situation for the both of us (and the twins).
(photo from House and Home by Mark Burstyn)