How to Protect the Top of a New Desk

The first time you sit at your brand new desk, when there's still nothing on top of it, you might admire its pristine beauty. As you plan where you'll put your computer, your in-box, your telephone and your pencil holder, you might realize all these things can scratch the finish. There's an inexpensive, inconspicuous way to protect the top of your new desk -- with a simple piece of acrylic glass. It is transparent like glass, bit it weight less and is shatter-resistant.

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The same acrylic your tumblers are made from can protect your desk.

Step 1

Measure the length and width of the top of the desk. Don't round up or down, but be specific.

Step 2

Locate a local hardware store in your area that carries full sheets of acrylic glass. Ask if they will cut it to the size you need.

Step 3

Bring your tape measure with you when you pick up the cut acrylic, to be sure it is cut to the proper size.

Step 4

Dust the desk. Hold the acrylic glass on its side and clean it with window cleaner. If there are any rough edges, gently run a piece of fine steel wool over them. Be careful not to touch the steel wool to the surface of the acrylic, or it will leave scratches. Then set the acrylic sheet on top of the desk.