Has anyone used a sheet of high density polyethylene for a tabletop?

by Jacki
I'm looking for a 4' x 5' top for a cabinet base to use in my craft/sewing room. Any experience with this?
  6 answers
  • S S on Dec 17, 2014
    I had one. I had to use my desk as craft area. So I needed something that would protect my desk top. But it also became a handy way to quickly clean up my space if needed. I would just slide it out from under all my scrapbooking and place it back on top of everything. My page would lay their "displayed" till I could return. It does get scratched up though. But not too bad.
    • Cindy Cindy on Dec 17, 2014
      @S Great idea for scrap booking. I hate having to stop & move things!
  • DebLynn DebLynn on Dec 17, 2014
    What about a hollow core interior flat door….That's what most people use with two file cabinets for an instant desk/work zone
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Dec 17, 2014
    Home Depot or Lowes sometimes have lengths of Formica counter tops that were special order, but not sold or picked up. So they marked them down considerably. We purchased a six-footer and placed on two filing cabinets to make a desk; but it could be used for crafting or sewing or whatever. I think it is sturdier than high density polyethylene
  • GarynSharon Daniels GarynSharon Daniels on Dec 17, 2014
    HDP is very good for protecting the table top, but remember that is scratches and cuts easily over time. I use it on an antique sewing table just to protect the table from current use. That way your table top shows through and the HDP keeps it looking good. You'd need only 1/4" thick to protect.
  • Dottie Hunt Dottie Hunt on Dec 17, 2014
    I have a cutting mat on my sewing table. You can find them in fabric stores. They have some that heal themselves. Used for rotary cutting. I've had mine for years, love it.
  • Cindy Cindy on Dec 17, 2014
    @Jacki - I am familiar with what you are talking about, and as others have mentioned it will scratch, if this bothers you. You mentioned a combo room of craft/sewing, so it's still possible to use. Just protect your areas with cutting mats etc where necessary. I do beading work mostly in my craft room, but also have a 'sewing' area. I have beading mat I do that work on...to prevent the beads from bouncing away!