Staying at our son and his fiancée's house, whilst they were away, we took the opportunity to go to Ikea. I know a lot of people dislike their stuff but we love the practicality of it. Not so much that we have a houseful, just enough of useful odds and sods.
Anyway on this visit, we were after a unit for the conservatory, to replace the old cane chairs we had in there (they took up too much room, no-one wanted them so they were chopped up and other elements of them kept for future use).
We bought an industrial style TV unit, with a shelf and sliding doors, in a lovely light turquoise.
DB scampered up into the loft to retrieve a piece of chipboard, either left over from a previous project or earmarked for a train/tram set that won't get built now due to his eyesight. It was cut to size and had its corners rounded and smoothed.
So, for half the price of a tablecloth and utilizing everything else from our storage area in the loft, a new top was born. Not only can it be sat on (hence the board for reinforcement), we can put our damp shoes on it to take them off, then wipe it clean. Nifty methinks! Thanks to DB's help and both our ingenuity, here is the top, for the grand price of £2.50 (rounded up!).