Little Tumblers Table Topper: A Coffee Table Bumper

The Little Tumblers Table Topper is a safety bumper for your coffee table to protect your child’s runaway noggin. Unlike common tabletop wrappers, this product covers the entire top surface of the table. The big idea is that the product protects not just against toddler injuries, but also surface scratches and spilled milk. I can buy scratch protection, but who lets a toddler run a round their house with an open-mouthed drinking glass? Try spittle. That’s more plausible. No one likes drool stains on their table.

Marketing photo of the Little Tumblers Table Topper.
The topper is made of padded fabric, is offered in eight colors and is machine washable. It’s sold in three sizes and can be custom ordered if you supply your table dimensions. A custom job will cost $85 to $99, but the customer photo gallery shows how nice these things look. The maximum size is 50 inches by 8 yards (I inquired whether a topper could be made for a dinner table, not that it wouldn’t be very odd to eat on top of). They appear so comfortable that I’m surprised toddlers don’t start climbing on the padded surfaces.

Personal note

When our Little Miss began running around, we rearranged furniture to clear it from the highway she was paving through our house. Our two dinner tables (only one is used for dining) were moved to room corners with nothing appealing nearby. A computer desk, entertainment center and shelving were also moved away from doorways and corners.

Our two coffee tables stuck out like sore thumbs in our living and family room. So we sold one and put a generic tabletop wrapper around the other. But that table was still a collision risk, so I eventually stuck it in storage.

Here I am now, more than a year later, and I simply do not miss having a coffee table. What’s it good for? When guests visit they rarely use it for coffee, and who would want to when you have to lean up off a chair or couch and down again to reach this all-too-low table? And then to place your cup down you have to brush away old magazines and odd items you stuck there because it was easier to make the table a dumping ground than to truly clean your house. Oops, maybe I’ve revealed too much.

You might convince me that end tables deserve to exist, but having a baby taught me that coffee tables have no place in civil society.

But if you’re an untamed savage who can’t part with your coffee table, wow, OK. This Little Tumblers Table Topper looks so lush I’d like to try one, just to put it on my coffee table and see if the table can double as a sleeping cot.

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[link via Parenting: Babies and Toddlers]


6 Responses to “Little Tumblers Table Topper: A Coffee Table Bumper”

  1. Patti says:

    Cute, yes. Lush, definitely. I got similar results by covering my barbarian table with a throw rug (bought for the express purpose of covering it… but prior to baby) and then topping that with a throw blanket. The throw rug was nice and thick, though not nearly as rounded and padded as the table topper thingy. The edges of the rug hang over my table just a tad. Putting the throw blanket on top of it makes it impossible for my tyke to accidentally pull the rug off the table. The blanket is a thick, soft not-quite-chenille thing and hangs quite low over the edges of the table. It rounds out the edges of the rug creating a natural edge “guard”. So when little man does bump his head standing up too quickly, it’s no big thingy… and the table looks really nice too. Still quite usuable for coffee, water, magazines, chinese food, books, feet, sacrifices to the gods and what have you.

    October 18th, 2006 at 10:15 am

  2. Alma says:

    We Craigslisted our coffee table after having shoved it against the wall for over 6 months. But we finally replaced it with two rattan cubes from Target. We store toys inside, place coffee mugs and bowls of snacks inside (our almost 2 year old is much more reliable now), and sit on them when we’re short on seating.

    October 18th, 2006 at 1:10 pm

  3. Alma says:

    Oops, we put food and drink ON TOP. The toys are hidden inside.

    October 18th, 2006 at 1:11 pm

  4. Cathy says:

    I’m with you on the no coffee table thing. We disassembled ours and tucked it into a closet in order to make the living room a play area, and we haven’t missed it at all. In fact, we’re pretty sure that when we need the closet space, we’ll get rid of the coffee table instead of putting it back in the living room!

    October 19th, 2006 at 7:25 pm

  5. Having Twins says:

    Kids just need so much space. Coffee tables are a distant memory for us!!

    March 8th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

  6. KittyCat says:

    I totally agree with you that coffee tables have no place in a home with kids. I love my coffee table but I love my baby’s easily-bumped head more…got to think of how we’re gonna find a new home for it :-)

    July 25th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

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