Use list view instead of table view.
You can size the body to be just one (or a few) rows of fields tall, add layout text, buttons, portals etc as needed and when you view the layout in list view mode, you'll have your dressed up table view.
I usually reserve table view for "developer debug" use and use list view layouts for those accessed by general users. When a user interacts with a table view, they very quickly can get in situations where they need to know and understand design details about your database--information they don't have and then you get support calls to help them get back on track.
Thank you, Phil. That is exactly what I was looking for. Works great! I appreciate your quick response. --DD