tile table runner
Head out to tile shops or to discount home improvement stores. Be on the lookout for tiles that you can purchase individually. Select them in varying sizes and styles and in colors that coordinate with your decor. (You may also want to purchase some smaller tiles to use as coasters.)
At home, put felt on the back of the tiles to protect your table from scratches. (See the instructions below.)
Set the tiles down the length of your table like a runner. The tiles also serve as trivets, protecting your tabletop from hot serving dishes. In addition, large tiles can be used as chargers under dinner plates.