Shopping for Tablecloths

A tablecloth could make an unsightly desk stunning, disguise a worn picket high and instantly change the sensation of a eating house, indoors or out.

“It’s on the root of internet hosting and hospitality,” mentioned Olivia Capuano, the founding father of the inside design agency Olivia Jane Design, primarily based in New York. “You’re actually laying down a layer for friends to be snug on the desk.”

With so many designs obtainable — like easy linen and cloth with graphic patterns — tablecloths provide a strategy to immediately customise the look of your desk, Ms. Capuano mentioned, whether or not you wish to evoke the sensation of a country French farmhouse or set the stage for an off-the-cuff pool party.

Another benefit? A terrific tablecloth makes nearly any desk look luxurious, even when it’s a cheap folding model or one thing you discovered on the curb.

Regardless of what’s beneath, Ms. Capuano mentioned, “A tablecloth is the proper canvas for the artwork that’s the meal.”

  • How giant ought to a tablecloth be? Ideally, it ought to absolutely cowl the desk and finish simply above friends’ laps, Ms. Capuano mentioned.

  • Should or not it’s patterned or plain? “It depends upon the dinnerware and meal you’re serving,” she mentioned. “If it’s a refined meal or the plates are delicate, it’s enjoyable to play with sample. If it’s an off-the-cuff, family-style meal, I really like a plain one, the place the meals is the star of the present.”

  • Can you layer tablecloths? “Layering is all the time enjoyable,” mentioned Ms. Capuano, who generally provides a runner or smaller, patterned tablecloth as an ornamental accent over a bigger, plain one.

Striped linen tablecloth made in Lithuania

From about $90 at LinenMe: 312-233-2929 or

Boldly patterned natural cotton tablecloth

From $135 at Block Shop Textiles:

Patterned tablecloth handmade in Burkina Faso

From $425 at St. Frank: 800-948-4105 or

Antique linen and cotton tablecloth hand-embroidered in France

From about $985 at Oeuvres Sensibles:

Plain linen tablecloth in a variety of colours

From $100 at Bed Threads: 011-61-1300-371-571 or

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