May 11th, 2008

Can Vinyl tile be used to cover a desk or bookshelf?

I'm thinking about covering my white bookcase and desk with vinyl tile to match my other furniture. Is it a good idea? Or would a wood stain be better?

Sure, but I really don't think you will like it.
With the thickness of the tile, you will see the edges which will also catch and curl over time. For a desk or bookshelf, thinner covering would be more effective.

If the items are painted, it will take extra work to sand, stain & seal for a wood finish. If they are made out of a non-solid wood, then your best bet is to repaint or cover.

Cover can be from the stick on shelf-liner material to an actual lay on top covering. I went to the fabric store and found leather looking vinyl that I trimmed to the size of each shelf. There are a big variety of coverings at a fabric store that are washable.

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