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How to Choose Tablecloths for Your Dining Table

Tablecloths are a stylish, functional addition to your dining table. They help protect your table from spills and scratches, and they make it easy to achieve an elegant look. You can use a tablecloth for special occasions such as holiday dinners, but they're also great for everyday use.

Which Tablecloths are Right for You?

When shopping for a table covering, there are several things to consider. Check out these tips for finding a tablecloth that works for your home:

  • Consider the shape and size of your dining table. There are round tablecloths from which to choose, as well as rectangular ones in a variety of sizes. You'll want a table covering that hangs over the edges of your table but doesn't touch the floor. Table coverings should have a drop of between six and 12 inches approximately, depending on the height of your table and chairs.
  • Another thing to think about is the occasion. If you're looking for a cloth for daily use, look for something crafted from a study, easy-to-clean fabric such as cotton or a cotton-linen blend. For special dinners, consider a Jacquard table covering for instant sophistication. Linen tablecloths are also a classic choice for formal gatherings.
  • When it comes to color, there's nothing that looks cleaner than classic white. If you want something that's more forgiving when it comes to spills and sloshes, opt for a darker color or one with a print. A brightly colored table covering can impart vibrancy to the most understated dining room. You could even switch your table coverings with each season to impart a fresh look to the room.

Other Accents for the Table

A tablecloth is a good foundation for a stylish table. Once you've chosen your table covering, you can coordinate it with other pieces, such as a table runner. Placemats can also work as a functional accent piece for the table, as can the dinnerware you choose. A table centerpiece is a great focal point for any dining table, whether you choose a grouping of candles or an artificial floral arrangement in a vase that matches your design style.

Explore the array of tablecloths for plenty of stylish options. You may also want to shop the selection of other table linens to find items that match your table covering. With so many choices available, it's easy to put together a tablescape that reflects your sense of style and enhances your dining room.

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