Jigsaw Puzzle Boards and  Tables

Jigsaw puzzle table leg-raisers are becoming quite common among Puzzlers who spend many hours doing jigsaw puzzles. I happen to use them myself on my puzzle table.

In July of 2019 new research put out this article indicating that Sitting is the New Smoking and advises we find ways to do our daily activities while standing.

We know that puzzles and sitting most often goes together but the article implies the chair is out to kill us.  It also shares ways to change your table to a standing position and how to 'merge' yourself into a standing postion including the types of shoes that would be best for standing.

To board or not to board….or just use a cloth mat?  What works better to use for jigsaw puzzle boards? (There are also Table alternative below.)

To answer that I just have to look at what I have been doing constantly for the past 4 years to determine what works for me.

I use foam boards! 

Before foam boards I always used plexiglass  - I tried the cloth mats. Cloth Mats have some good points and negative ones.


  • very light to move
  • pieces stick quite well to the cloth
  • uses a roll up feature for storage


  • pieces stick too well sometimes
  • pieces do not slide 
  • matt may become wrinkled so the puzzle does not sit flat
  • no edges around the matt
  • the assembling area is limited

Hmmmm….I see more cons than pros…..sorry, cloth mats are out - however I still have a non-completed puzzle rolled up in my cloth mat, ha!

Foam Boards

As I said above I use foam boards from the Dollar Stores. Here’s why….

  • they cost petty cash
  • they are light weight 
  • they are easily moveable
  • they can be custom cut to the size of the puzzle 
  • 2 pieces can be taped securely to double the size
  • use for flipping puzzles using 2 with puzzle in-between  

I haven’t always used foam boards but that’s pretty much all I use now. What if you don’t have access to foam boards? Here’s some alternative ideas;

  • plexiglass (hard plastic)
  • large sturdy cardboard (from furniture/appliances)
  • wood panelling
  • plywood
  • large tin foil trays (cookie sheets)
  • teflon

Examples of jigsaw puzzle boards...

Back View: This is 2 sheets of Poster Foam Board heavily taped with clear packing tape. I can still move the board easily enough too.

Front View: Using the Foam Board for an oversized jigsaw puzzle. The jigsaw puzzle size 25" x 25" from eeBoo titled Desserts.

I used 2 tinfoil cookie sheets so I would have a lip around the edges of this 2000 piece World Map jigsaw puzzle by Eurographics.

I cut one side on each one and taped them to become the center line.

A Group member shares a wooden table/tray her family member built for her. Appears to be about 40" x 40".

She sent me that Butterfly jigsaw puzzle because it WAS on my wish list ;)

Alternative choices....

Of course you always have the option to choose from the following 3 tables to suit your needs. The 2000 piece Jigboard has a really good rating. The 1500 Bits & Pieces is very popular and The Puzzle Board is perfect for lap puzzling with a non-slip cloth surface.

Table Alternatives.... 

Those are the low end pricing alternatives. There is always the option to build your own table. One of our Group members designed his second version of a jigsaw puzzle table. 

Shawn Wolf was kind enough to share this table he built himself. In fact this is a second revision of the table and he thinks he may even try a third version next year. To read more about his table and see ALL the photos CLICK HERE

Shown here the Table in its open position. The work surface is 29” x 30.5” with about a 1/4” raised lip around the edges.

It stands 26.5” tall. It’s made of pine 2x4’s cut to size and a smooth particle-board surface.

Now IF you have a super great Step-Dad like Molly Metzger who has the knowledge to build the perfect drop-down 4 x 8 foot jigsaw puzzle board..... it would look like this.....

Molly Metzger is a young lady in our Group who shared these photos of her 4x8 foot table. She enjoys doing extremely large jigsaw puzzles.
Molly Metzger's jigsaw puzzle table shown here rigged to the roof. A dream table indeed!

Here is a lovely jigsaw puzzle table display of photos from Luiz Fernando Sousa Sposito He is a Group member and he says...

"Hi there, everyone. A woman in another group asked me to take pictures and send information about my table for assembling puzzles. So here are the pictures of my table for assembling puzzles up to 5000 pieces. The measurements are in metres and feet, so I can help everybody. Tell me if the pics and the information are good enough. Hugs."

So with our special thanks to him take a look at his table. Each photo has a link that shows the actual image for better viewing.


You may be interested in joining the Global Puzzle Pieces Challenge using our puzz2pro APP where we are recording ONE BILLION pieces on 1 Record Sheet.

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