|Use our handy Tablecloth Buying Guide to see new and exciting Tablecloth Ideas.At Bedbathstore you can purchase Spill Proof Tablecloths, Damask Tablecloth, Banquet Tablecloths, Solid Color Tablecloths, Lace Tablecloths, Long Tablecloths, Holiday Tablecloths, Christmas Tablecloths, Vinyl Lace tablecloths, Flannel Back Vinyl Tablecloths, Table Linens, Place Mats, Table Runners, Napkins, Table Pads, Clear Protective Tablecloth Covers at Discount Prices.There are four basic tablecloth shapes: oblong, oval, round and square. To begin, you must know the dimensions of your table. Oblong cloths may be used on oval tables as well. The chart below will show you what size tablecloth will fit your table's dimensions:
A tablecloth should have a 6" - 10" drop. To select the right cloth, add approximately 12 to 20 inches to the actual length and width of your table. Banquet-sized tables, which are extra-wide, will use an oversized cloth that is 70" in width.
Still, the drop length is somewhat of a personal preference, so add inches for a drop that will suit your needs and style. When in doubt, err on the larger size; it is better that your tablecloth is too long than too short.
Here's a little equation:
TABLE LENGTH + (DROP X 2) = THE TABLECLOTH LENGTH YOU'LL NEED
So for example, if your table is 60", you would calculate the cloth as follows:
60" TABLE + 12" DROP X 2 (24") = 84" TABLECLOTH. THIS WILL BE PERFECT
Below are the most common fabric types. As always, check packaging for cleaning and care specifics:
MICROFIBER - Microfiber is spill and stain-resistant. It is easy to care for and no ironing is required.
POLYESTER - Polyester is machine washable, so it is easy to care for with relatively no ironing required.
COTTON BLEND - Usually blended with polyester, cotton blend cloths require minimal touch-ups with an iron.
COTTON - Cotton cloths are machine washable and only require ironing when necessary.
LAMINATED FABRIC - Perfect for wiping clean after dinner, laminated cloths are easy to clean; however, you can not iron a laminated fabric.
VINYL - For use both indoors and outdoors, vinyl fabrics wipe clean easily. Like laminated fabrics, vinyl can not be ironed either.
For those tablecloths that you can not iron, lay out the tablecloth overnight. Lightly spray the cloth with water. Over time, gravity will work to pull the tablecloth smooth.
Setting The Table
In addition to a tablecloth, there are other items to consider when setting a beautiful table.
NAPKINS - As a great decorative accent, napkins can be mixed and matched to coordinate with the tablecloth and your dinnerware. They are not only necessary for making your guests feel comfortable, they can also be folded into creative shapes to make for an ultimate dining aesthetic. Remember, too, that some extra napkins are essential for use in bread baskets or in case of staining.
NAPKIN RINGS - Ranging from simple gold and silver to more ornate beaded or floral clusters, napkin rings are the finishing touch to any table.
RUNNERS - Runners can be placed on tables in multiples or just as a single. They can also be placed over a tablecloth as a vertical or horizontal design accent. Perfect for any size or shape of table, runners serve to enhance the look of a simple tablecloth by adding style that's all your own.
TABLE PADS - A table pad helps keep tablecloths in place while protecting the table from moderate heat, stains, or potential scratches. Table pads have a vinyl surface with a felt back in order to stay securely on the table. Offered in multiple sizes, they can be cut to fit any table perfectly.
TABLECLOTH PROTECTORS - If you want the look of a cotton tablecloth, but want clean-up to be a breeze, clear protectors are a great solution. They keep your tablecloth looking new, while offering you the option to wipe-clean after dinner.
PLACEMATS - Available in an array of patterns and fabrics, placemats can be used alone or with a tablecloth. Feel free to mix and match styles and fabrics for an eclectic look.