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We're glad you're visiting ReviewBo, that's why we've set the table early in the morning with all the necessary implements to make your stay the most enjoyable of all. Of course, the most important element for an ideal table is to choose the best option among the tablecloths, and that's why today we'll talk about this essential item.

Tablecloths not only protect our table from stains and wear and tear, but they also give a touch of personality to our decoration and reveal your style, especially when there are so many incredible models to choose from.

So the time has come to talk a little more about tablecloths, to explain what you should look out for in order to choose the best option of all and which are the most outstanding models on the market today in terms of quality, price and versatility of use.




Summary

  • Tablecloths are sheets of fabric or plastic that you can place on top of your table to protect and cover it. They are often used in kitchens, especially during mealtimes. They will also form an essential part of meetings and events.
  • When choosing your tablecloth, you can choose between cloth and plastic options. It all depends on the type of event you are having, where your table is located and the quality and comfort you need your tablecloth to have.
  • Before making your tablecloth purchase, you should consider the type of table you have, the type of coverage you want your tablecloth to cover, the design that will best match the occasion and the way the material can be washed.

Buying Guide

The most important thing before buying your tablecloths is to know exactly what you need and what you can find. Here we tell you more about this must-have item in your kitchen, dining room, living room and garden.

Waterproof tablecloths are the best option when it comes to outdoor gatherings, to avoid stains that will be difficult to remove later. (Photo: Freepik / Freepik)

What are tablecloths and what are their advantages?

Tablecloths are sheets usually made of fabric or plastic that function as a cover for a table, usually used for eating. In this aspect, a wide variety of designs and models have been created, and an increasing number of materials can be used for their manufacture.

These instruments help to protect our table from humidity, food leftovers, sun exposure, and general wear and tear; they also function as a highly used decorative element, especially when there are meetings, celebrations and events that involve many people. Here are some of their advantages.

Advantages
  • Diversity of materials
  • Diversity of sizes
  • They protect your table
  • They are usually comfortable to the touch
  • Economical
  • There are designs for every occasion
Disadvantages
  • Not all of them are machine washable
  • Some stains may not be removed

Cloth or plastic tablecloths - what should you pay attention to?

When it comes to tablecloths, you will see several options with thousands of different types of materials to choose from, but if we classify these materials into 2, we can talk about cloth tablecloths and plastic tablecloths. Below we will talk about each of them.

Cloth. Cloth tablecloths are the most commonly used for elegant events and to keep them always positioned on our tables. They can be machine washed without any problems, always respecting the recommendations for each type of fabric. Their cost may increase depending on the material used.

As for spills, this type of tablecloth is not waterproof, so you will have to clean it immediately if it suffers any kind of stains that may become complicated later. The most common fabrics used are cotton, silk and linen.

Plastic. Plastic tablecloths tend to be more practical, due to their waterproof properties, so they will be excellent choices for outdoors. Although they are not very comfortable to the touch or to the friction of some people, their cost will be much lower and they will still protect your tables.

They should be washed by hand, as the movements of washing machines and the temperature of tumble dryers can damage them without obtaining the expected result. You can find various options in stain-resistant Teflon, polyester and rubber, when it comes to smaller versions.

Fabric Plastic
Washing Machine wash Hand wash
Waterproof No Yes
Comfort to the touch High Low
Cost Medium or high Low
Most common materials Cotton, silk, linen Teflon, polyester, oilcloth

How much does a tablecloth cost?

When it comes to tablecloths, you can find incredibly low prices and others that can be much more demanding, it all depends on the material you choose, the size of the tablecloth, its manufacturing method, the number of pieces it includes and other elements.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate the different tablecloth models

Tablecloths will accompany us in important moments, in family celebrations, in meetings with friends and during important news, that's why we need one that is resistant and durable to guarantee a harmonious moment. Here is a list of aspects to take into account before making your purchase.

  • Table type
  • Coverage
  • Design
  • Wash

Type of table

The type of table on which you are going to place your tablecloths will be important to define before purchasing them, to know exactly the amount of space you will need to cover and the shape of the tablecloth you will have to look for.

Round. Round tables can range in size from 110 centimetres to 180 centimetres, depending on the number of people it covers. If it is a small option, you can opt for round or square tablecloths so that the corners of the table stand out a little as a decorative finish.

Square. Square tables usually get square tablecloths that cover the entire table. The size is usually between 70 and 90 centimetres, so it is necessary to place a tablecloth that exceeds these measurements. In this case, the best option is a square tablecloth, as round tablecloths will look irregular.

Rectangular. Rectangular tables are the best for seating a large number of people. The smallest will be 60 x 110 centimetres, and the largest 120 x 260 centimetres. In this case, use only rectangular tablecloths, and you can include table runners to enhance the decoration.

Coverage

Not all tablecloths are used for the same decorative purpose. Some people prefer to cover the entire table all the way to the floor, and many others prefer lighter options. Here are the types of tablecloths you can find depending on the coverage you want to give to your table.

Full table. The top of the table is completely covered by the tablecloth, so no part of the top table will be visible. Tablecloths in this style can have short sides (covering a few centimetres below the top of the table) or long sides (reaching to the floor) for more formality.

Part of the table. Some tablecloths are designed to cover a part of the table, either by placing it in a diamond shape (to uncover its corners) or by running the length of the table without completely covering the width (like a path). It can be implemented with another full tablecloth underneath or alone, when having a nice table.

Individual. Placemats are meant to protect the space on a table where a person is sitting at a table having a drink or a meal. They are usually removed once the person has finished their meal and can be used whether there are tablecloths underneath or if the table is uncovered.

Design

The design of the tablecloths is a very important factor to choose, as it will significantly influence the cost, the combination with the other elements you have and the message you want to convey, depending on the nature of your event.

Plain. This style is ideal for when you don't have a defined style and want a safe option, or when you want to combine it with another option such as prints or embroidery. It can also be elegant if you go for neutral tones. Depending on the material you choose, it can be a very economical choice.

Textured. Some types of fabric have textures that stand out in relief. This type of fabric gives an elegant and distinguished finish in a quick and easy way. It is recommended for use at evening events and formal ceremonies, to get the most out of your design.

Embroidery. If you want a delicate and more elaborate option, you can go for embroidered tablecloths. It is common to find them in light tones, but you can also see dark and multicoloured tones, which you can choose depending on the type of event. They are very popular for weddings, anniversaries and outdoor events.

Pattern or print. Printed tablecloths with patterns or complete designs are ideal for casual gatherings or to keep at home. You can use them in your garden, on the beach, or in your usual dining room to create a cosy atmosphere. Choose the models that best suit your frequent décor.

Round tables can have round tablecloths or square tablecloths with a harmonious design, depending on the taste of the decorator. (Photo: StockSnap / Pixabay)

Wash

The type of tablecloth you have will determine how you can wash it, as each material will require a different process or temperature. Basically, each of them will indicate whether they can be machine washed or you need to do this process by hand.

Hand wash. Most plastic tablecloths should be washed by hand, as this type of material is not as flexible to adapt to washing machines, nor is it as resistant to the heat of the dryer. Embroidered tablecloths should also be included in this group, to avoid fraying and wear and tear.

Machine washable. Most fabric tablecloths are perfectly suitable for washing machines, but you should know beforehand whether you can use a standard cycle or whether a gentle or delicate cycle is better, as well as the water temperature. Some polyester tablecloths may also be part of this lot.

(Featured image photo: photosforyou / 123rf)

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