Tablecloths are used for decoration and to protect table surfaces from spills and stains. However, you should think about how heavy your tablecloth will be before buying it, whether or not the fabric is easy to clean, and whether or not the tablecloth will clash with your table’s surface or color scheme.
The tablecloth can also add a personal touch to any room in which it has been placed. This article will discuss what considerations need to be made when choosing a tablecloth for either everyday use or as an accent piece in a room of your choosing.
Consider The Fabric Of Your Tablecloth
When looking for tablecloths, you should first consider the fabric of each tablecloth that you are considering purchasing. If your tablecloth is too heavy, it will wind up wrinkling and creasing very easily. This can be prevented if you choose an appropriate weight tablecloth. If you want to use your tablecloth as an accent piece, try looking at oilcloth tablecloths. A wipe clean oilcloth tablecloth is generally lightweight (less than five pounds), which makes them perfect for using as an accent piece in a room. But not only weight needs to be considered – the design and colors too!
What Colors Go Together Best?
The tablecloth that you choose may or may not have a pattern on it, but if it does, you must consider whether the tablecloth’s color scheme will go well with your table. For example, if you have an oak table, be sure to find a tablecloth in the same wood tone so that they look good together. If your table has a varnished finish and your tablecloth is made of silk, for instance, then it could create unwanted and distracting creases in your tablecloth.
You should also consider how the tablecloth should go with the dining set you usually use – the plates, glassware, eating utensils, etc. If you are used to using something that is simple and monochromatic then your tablecloth should be too. If you are used to using tableware with multiple colors and patterns, then choose a tablecloth that complements your tableware. The choice of color is important for the overall effect of the people sitting at the table, as it has been shown that certain colors enhance appetite, which can be a good thing if you are hosting a dinner for friends!
Think About How Easily The Tablecloth Can Be Washed And Stored
The material that makes up the tablecloth you are considering purchasing should also be taken into account. Cotton is generally easier to clean than polyester, but the kind of cotton used will vary its ease of cleaning greatly. If your table cloth can’t be washed or bleached at home, consider finding another one because it could develop stains very easily. Another positive aspect of tablecloths made from oilcloth includes their ability to repel stains and spills rather than absorb them. But make sure what the tablecloth is made of and how this will affect your table’s surface.
Are They Easy To Store And/Or Hang?
If you want to find tablecloths that are perfect for everyday use, then you should look for tablecloths that can be easily stored or hung up when not in use. For example, a tablecloth with a self-ironing treatment requires no ironing before storage because the wrinkles will naturally disappear from it. This type of tablecloth can just be folded neatly and placed in a drawer when not being used. On the other hand, linen is infamous for needing ironing every time it is used, although it does look beautiful. Also, consider whether the tablecloth has been treated to reduce creasing or if it is designed to “shrink” after washing – both features would make them easier to store and hang up.
How Big Should You Go?
The tablecloth’s size is also something that needs to be considered, especially if you want tablecloths for everyday use. If the tablecloth is too small, it can easily slide around on your table and won’t do the job of protecting the table surface from spills and stains well. Also, look into whether or not tablecloths are sold by measurements or by number – if an oilcloth tablecloth says that it is 10 feet x 8 feet, then that means it belongs on a table that is 10 feet long and 8 feet wide. Measure your table before purchasing tablecloths because they may turn out to be too big or too small after all!
The Cloth as an Art Piece
Oilcloth tablecloths are also available in original art designs. You can find all sorts of tablecloths that have been made into an art piece and some versions even include the tablecloth and table skirt! For example, a tablecloth could be designed with various vintage images of cats all over it while the table skirt could feature their tails – everything about the table is cat-themed! This type of tablecloth would make a great conversation starter during a dinner gathering.
Consider How Flammable They Are
Oilcloth tablecloths are also treated with a water-resistant finish to make them easy to clean, but this means that they can’t be washed or bleached at home. You should keep in mind how the tablecloth is made if you want tablecloths for everyday use so that you can safely wash and store them without ruining them. Also, check whether your tablecloth has been treated to reduce flammability because some tablecloths can catch on fire more easily than others.
This is especially important if you or someone who regularly sits at that table is a smoker and you have an ashtray present on the table. That is bad for several reasons, but a fire hazard should not be played with.
Tablecloths can be used for decoration and to protect table surfaces from spills and stains, but you should think about how heavy your tablecloth will be before buying it, whether or not the fabric is easy to clean, and whether or not the tablecloth will clash with your table’s surface or color scheme. The tablecloth must also look good with you and your family’s habits as well. Keep in mind that if there is a risk of fire from cigarettes then the clutch may catch fire more quickly than others depending on what type of material is being used.
Make sure you have the correct measures before buying and if you have the space to store, especially if it’s of the kind that doesn’t need to be ironed! Tablecloths are a wonderful addition to any table and should really be chosen with care.