The holidays are coming and for many, it means the season of hosting meals and inviting people to your house to celebrate the holidays. It is the time when the nice plates and cutleries come out of storage and used.

Another important ingredient in hosting lunches and dinners are the tablecloth that are used to adorn and protect your tables. Whether it is your first time to use a tablecloth or not, learning all about the different types of materials used for tablecloths and when each material is used will help you get ready for any gathering you host.

Here are the usual tablecloth materials:

  • If you are after something that’s easy to clean and aesthetics is not a primary consideration, a plastic tablecloth will do the job perfectly. Another perk of plastic tablecloths is their price – they are some of the most affordable tablecloths you’ll find. You can usually find plastic tablecloths in a variety of colors and designs.
  • Linen tablecloths provide a delicate and luxurious look with being indecently expensive. Tablecloths like these are made from fibers of the flax plant and they are often available in various colors, mostly in neutral ones.
  • If durability is your priority, a polyester tablecloth is a good choice. Polyester is water-resistant, so a polyester tablecloth will be protected from the usual spills and stains. It is also very easy to clean because the material holds well when washed and dried. There are also tablecloths that are made from a blend of cotton and polyester which are great if you want to add softness to the material of your tablecloth.
  • If you want the affordability of plastic tablecloths but with added durability, then vinyl tablecloths are your suitable choice. Vinyl tablecloths are thicker than plastic ones and may be used several times.
  • Among the most versatile materials, a cotton tablecloth can be suitable for a casual gathering or a more formal party. You can often find cotton tablecloths in a very large variety of colors and patterns. Just like your typical cotton shirt, a cotton tablecloth is easy to wash and clean.
  • For a more elegant tablecloth, go for a satin one. Satin fabrics have a sheen on one side and a matte look on the other, so a satin tablecloth will actually provide you with two different looks. One drawback of satin is that it is often more expensive than the other materials, making them more appropriate for the less occasional formal gatherings.
  • This type of tablecloth is not a commonly used material. Organza is translucent so it may also be used as a top layer of another tablecloth of a different material. Also, it is a delicate material so they are not for the more rugged and casual gatherings.

Ready to buy a tablecloth? Don’t forget to consult a Chart of Standard Table Cloth Sizes to ensure that you buy the right material in the correct size. Most tablecloths are available in different sizes so double-check that you get the right one for your table.