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How to Choose the Most Modern Tablecloth for Your Dining Room

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Posted on October 30 2018

Choose the most modern tablecloth for your dining room with these insider tips.

Whether you're hosting a dinner party or looking for something easy to clean, we've got you covered.

Have you ever gone to great lengths decorating your dining room for a party, only to see all the guests end up hanging out in the kitchen anyway? One theory for this phenomenon is that the kitchen represents the VIP room, or backstage pass, of any festive event.

Whether or not you buy that explanation, one key to setting the "stage" of your dining room is to use a beautiful, modern tablecloth. Read on for our expert tips on measuring, selecting, and more! 

How To Measure For a Tablecloth

Before you can start looking at all the gorgeous modern tablecloths on offer, you will need to know what shape and size to buy. Unfortunately, dining room table sizes are not standard, which means that selecting a tablecloth to fit your table is more of an art than a science.

Modern tablecloth

However, there are some calculations that can help with selecting tablecloth sizes. For casual, everyday dining, you'll want a drop of about 6 to 8 inches. More formal affairs call for a 15-inch drop. Measure the length and width of your dining table, or the diameter alone if the table is round.

Now, apply the formula. Add twice the desired drop for both the length and width. For example, if you want a drop of 9 inches and your table is 42 inches wide and 72 inches long, add 18 inches to each side. That will give you the tablecloth size of 60 x 90 inches. 

Once you've made these measurements, jot them down somewhere to make shopping for modern tablecloths a breeze.

A Modern Tablecloth To Wow Your Guests

Entertaining should be fun, not stressful! After all, you're inviting friends and acquaintances into your home because you enjoy their company. Nevertheless, far too many hosts let the stress of the occasion get to them.

Choosing a bold, modern tablecloth is one way to keep things simple. When the cloth itself takes center stage (to continue our theater metaphor), all the other players become less important. That means you don't need an elaborate floral arrangement or baroque candlesticks to really make a visual impact.

Modern Tablecloth

So many tablecloths, both in restaurants and in private homes, are plain solids. They're not intended to make a splash. That means a more modern design, one that incorporates bright colors and eye-catching patterns, is sure to make your dinner party memorable.

Make Any Meal a Special Occasion

Fun, funky tablecloths aren't just for entertaining, though! They imbue any meal with a sense of whimsy. Let your family's personality shine with exciting graphics and rich, saturated color.

There's just something about a brightly decorated table that is warm, welcoming, and a wonderful way to make any meal feel like a special occasion. Whether you're serving squid-ink pasta and scallops or fish sticks with mac and cheese, set an inviting table.

Wrapping Up

We'd love to hear what ideas you have for incorporating modern tablecloth designs into your aesthetic. Have you ever gotten compliments on your tablecloth?

Or do you have a question about tablecloth measurements? Leave a comment below!



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