of us have found ourselves staring at kitchen linens in a store,
thinking "oh, how I would love to dress up that ugly table or piece
of furniture that our family has scuffed with knives, marked with
markers, and put a number of dings on, but what is the most functional,
lasting table linens that I can buy?"
To me there is nothing worse then loving a fabric, but after using
and washing it for the first time it is a wrinkled mess or choosing
a wrong look completely. If this is you then we have some helpful
tips on what to look for when purchasing your table linens.
Actual Linens or Cotton Fabrics are
readily available in stores and online, which are beautiful, but
after each use these table linens will of course require washing,
but also it will require ironing and sometimes dry cleaning, which
can become a real hassel. I have stuffed many linen/cotton tablecloths
in my closet to rarely ever be used again. These are a beautiful
choice, but know there will be some care and time that will go into
having these kinds of tablecloths and table linens.
Polyester and Synthetic Fabrics are
readily available as well and have come a long way from the polyester
that we remember from long ago. There are polyesters that have been
spun and look and feel like cotton, but are much easier to care
for. The beauty of their appearance, texture, and durability is
a winner in our book. These fabrics can be washed and dried and
have minimal pressing, if any at all. If taken out of the dryer
when done they usually don't need much of anything other then being
thrown back on your table. For everyday use, care, and ease of use
these are our go to fabrics. We always use these for any party or
events we may throw, as these fabric are easy care and more resistant
to spills and messes and easily treatable with pre-washing treatments.
For everyday use we would suggest going with a neutrals, such as
Ivory or beige or we suggest staying with the classic white. These
colors go along with most home decor or table setting choices you
may have. If you like a more traditional look there are many Damask
or printed tablecloths that will enhance your theme. By choosing
a darker tablecloth or table linen you will get a more dramatic
effect. Many chose our dark browns, grays, or classic holiday colors
to provide a pop to their room during the holidays or in a room
that they want to provide an impact too.
Overlays, Shape, Size:
Want a standard, casual look for your kitchen or dining room which
may be used often then we suggest a tablecloth with a 8" -
12" drop on all sides. One could choose to go with as little
as a 6" drop on their tablecloth, but we wouldn't recommend
going any smaller as you will want it to lay nicely over the edge.
Tablecloths needed for formal events such as weddings, holidays,
and corporate events should have a drop of 15" to the floor. Many
times hiding the legs of the table looks a lot more classier and
formal and going to the floor may be favored. Fitted tablecloths
that go to the floor are the best looking tablecloths for party
events. We suggest fitted for a classier, stream-lined look.
If you want a fresh look go with a square tablecloth as an overlay
or go with a extra long table runner that you can tie a piece of
rustic string or ribbon around. So many things that can be done
just to make your table a little more you!
There are so many fun things that can be put together. We can help
you! If you need a custom size or a custom shape. We can help you
by making the size or shape that you need. We can also talk to you
about what may or may not work for you.