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Shopping for Tablecloths – The New York Times

A tablecloth could make an unsightly desk lovely, conceal a worn wood prime and instantly change the sensation of a eating space, indoors or out.

“It’s at the root of hosting and hospitality,” stated Olivia Capuano, the founding father of the inside design agency Olivia Jane Design, based mostly in New York. “You’re literally laying down a layer for guests to be comfortable at the table.”

With so many designs accessible — like easy linen and material with graphic patterns — tablecloths supply a approach to immediately customise the look of your desk, Ms. Capuano stated, whether or not you wish to evoke the sensation of a country French farmhouse or set the stage for a casual pool celebration.

Another benefit? An incredible tablecloth makes virtually any desk look luxurious, even when it’s a reasonable folding model or one thing you discovered on the curb.

Regardless of what’s beneath, Ms. Capuano stated, “A tablecloth is the perfect canvas for the art that is the meal.”


  • How massive ought to a tablecloth be? Ideally, it ought to totally cover the desk and finish simply above company’ laps, Ms. Capuano stated.

  • Should or not it’s patterned or plain? “It depends on the dinnerware and meal you’re serving,” she stated. “If it’s a refined meal or the plates are subtle, it’s fun to play with pattern. If it’s a casual, family-style meal, I love a plain one, where the food is the star of the show.”

  • Can you layer tablecloths? “Layering is always fun,” stated Ms. Capuano, who typically 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 linenme.com

Boldly patterned natural cotton tablecloth

From $135 at Block Shop Textiles: blockshoptextiles.com


Patterned tablecloth handmade in Burkina Faso

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

Antique linen and cotton tablecloth hand-embroidered in France

From about $985 at Oeuvres Sensibles: oeuvres-sensibles.com


Plain linen tablecloth in a spread of colours

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


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