To Cover or Not to Cover? When Should I Use a Tablecloth

To Cover or Not to Cover? When Should I Use a Tablecloth

A tablecloth can be a very valuable thing. It instantly transforms a less than perfect table into the elegant setting for a dinner party. The cloth helps to protect the surface of the table from stains and scratches and after the meal it can simply be picked up and whisked into the washing machine for an easy cleanup. The beautiful pattern or colour of the tablecloth can add to the decor of the room and make the table setup so much more attractive.

One advantage of a table cloth is that it is a quick and easy way to completely change the look of a table. Whether you are going for a bright and cheery summer table setting or a sleek and sophisticated setting for a romantic meal, the tablecloth totally transforms the table into something new. It is a change which doesn’t require moving any furniture or any major renovations.

However, in some cases you might have a table that is beautiful on its own and you might wonder if you really need to keep it covered up at all times. If the table is a beautiful piece of furniture in itself, for example a solid wood table with an interesting grain or a glass table, you will want to show off its surface. Also, some people find that using a tablecloth every day is too much work, because they need to wash it so frequently (especially if they have kids). They prefer to simply use a table which has a surface that can be wiped in the event of spills.

Many people have a tablecloth that they use to protect the table during special occasions when there are many people visiting for dinner. This might even be a festive tablecloth such as for Christmas which will give a special look to the table, perhaps even to co-ordinate with special Christmas place settings.

Another option is to use fabric place mats around the table on a daily basis. This helps to protect the surface of the table from scratches and stains while still allowing the beautiful pattern of the wood and the colour of the table to be seen.

When it comes to tablecloths and outdoor tables, the advantage is that a clean tablecloth can cover any of the outdoor grime that is difficult to remove from the table, making a pleasant surface to eat on. However, eating outdoors with a tablecloth on the table on a windy day can be a real challenge! There are however, certain types of metal clips which are designed to deal with this problem.

In the end, whether or not you decorate your table with a table cloth all the time or just save it for special occasions will depend on your particular family and table. However, it never hurts to have a few beautiful tablecloths in different designs so that you have the option to change up the look of your table if you want to.