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How to Properly Fold Your Round Tablecloths

How to Properly Fold Your Round Tablecloths

When it comes to planning the special celebrations in life, surprisingly, it’s the smallest details that'll leave an everlasting impression. Versatile, multipurpose, and affordable, tablecloths are simple yet the most convenient way to transform the overall appearance of event tables. With the help of round tablecloths, you can easily bring all dream event decor to life by creating extraordinary table top decor!

After it’s all said and done and the linens have fulfilled their decorative purpose, questions on how to store your linens might start to arise. It may be somewhat overwhelming thinking about how to fold or even store a round tablecloth, especially since they don’t have straight edges like rectangular linens. Fortunately, this handy round tablecloth guide provides step-by-step instructions as well as popular round tablecloth sizing information that will make it easy for you to fold round linens like a pro!

The Benefits of Using Round Tables

So, why is it more beneficial to use a round table rather than a rectangular table? For starters, they’re easily accessible since most venues will offer them in multiple sizes, colors, and materials. Round tablecloths can also be used as a substitute for rectangular tablecloths when sized up, but rectangular tablecloths cannot be used for round tables as they are too narrow for their round shape.

Their continuous circular shape and rounded edges, it’s able to accommodate more guests at each table while minimizing the number of tables to decorate and they take up less room! Lastly, most wedding venues, hotels, and banquets offer round tables as part of their package. For this reason, it's always good to ask your venue what type of tables and chairs they will provide!

It’s safe to assume sticking to a budget is a must when it comes to planning a party! Decorating a round table is more economical than most people think because they typically only require one centerpiece unlike rectangular tables, which usually requires 2 or more centerpieces depending on its length.

While it may seem minuscule, round tables can increase guest interaction. Since the guests will all be facing the same direction, it makes it a lot easier for them to interact with each other than if the table was divided in half by floral arrangements or centerpieces. Having easy access to each other makes is a plus for photo ops and starting up fun conversations and memories that will last forever!

Most Common Round Tablecloth Sizes

On the question of whether size matters, when it comes to tablecloths the size can be crucial! Round tables vary in size by their diameter and height. However, the most common table sizes available have 48”, 60”, or 72” diameters and heights of 30”. 

Taller tables known as cocktail tables or tall boy tables are also available in smaller diameters but are much less common as they are usually used for specialty tables such as guest book tables, cake tables, or cocktail tables instead of guest tables. Usually, 120" and 132" tablecloths or spandex cocktail table covers are used for these tables.

Similar to table sizes, tablecloth sizes also vary to help provide medium or full coverage for your tables. The most common round linen sizes are 90”, 108”, 120”, and 132” round. The shape and versatility of round linens set them apart from rectangular sizes as essentially, one tablecloth size can be used on several different sized tables, especially if medium coverage is preferred.

For example, a 90” tablecloth can be used on 48”, 60” or even 72” banquet tables if you don't desire your tablecloth to touch the floor. You can also use larger tablecloths on a smaller round table for a ruched pooling effect on the floor. When done with an elegant and flowy fabric like velvet, and mesh sequins the effect is stunning!

If full coverage to the floor is preferred, a 108” round tablecloth is needed for a 48" round table. If you have a 60" table you'll need a 120" round tablecloth for the tablecloth to touch the floor. Round 72" tables will require a 132" tablecloth for a full drop to the floor.

For help finding the perfect round tablecloth for other table sizes, or to help you find the perfect size for the drop you desire be sure to visit our table size chart. Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of using a round table and the most common tablecloth sizes, we'll go over the most effective way to fold your and store linens. These simple tips will keep wrinkles to a minimum and keep your tablecloths in good condition for future use!

How to Easily Fold a Round Tablecloth

Tablecloths come in unique shapes and sizes, but that's part of their charm as they can form to your table as needed. The round edges of round tablecloths might be intimidating at first as there is no clear starting point, but we’re here to provide a few helpful tips on folding your tablecloths! This round tablecloth method will work for any round tablecloth or overlay, no matter how big or small. 

Our first tip is to ensure that the linens are properly cleaned and ironed before folding and storing them. This particular step will help avoid deep onset wrinkles and helps keep the preparation to a minimum the next time you need to use them which is always a plus!

Tablecloth Folding Instructions

Step 1:

Place the tablecloth on a flat clean surface. Then fold it into half, creating a semi-circle or half-moon shape. 

Step 2:

Create a long rectangle by bringing the rounded edge of the tablecloth to the flat folded edge. (If you're planning on hanging your tablecloths this will be your stopping point.) 

Step 3:

Create a smaller rectangle shape by folding the tablecloth lengthwise. Your two tablecloth ends should meet here. 

Step 4:

Fold the tablecloth lengthwise again creating a smaller rectangular shape. Depending on your storage bin size, you can leave the tablecloth folded over once like this or fold it smaller to fit a smaller space. 

Step 5:

Fold your tablecloth an additional time if you desire to fold it as a small compact square that can fit in most storage bins. once you store your tablecloth you're all done!

How to Store Tablecloths

After mastering this brilliant folding technique, you'll want to make sure that the linens are properly stored in a safe place until they are ready to be used again. Below are some helpful storage tips!

  • As previously mentioned, begin with steaming or ironing the tablecloths according to materials and care instructions for your tablecloth material before folding. This may sound counteractive, however, it will prevent deep-set wrinkles to accumulate while in storage.
  • Once your linens have cooled off, use our wrinkle-free folding technique or a rolling technique to store your linens free of wrinkles! (The rolling technique consists of rolling your linens on to a cardboard tube the way you would a poster.)
  • Be sure to store all linens in a properly ventilated and cool area as humid conditions may cause lines more prone to mildew damage.

These simple but important folding and storing tablecloth tips are sure to come in handy! These storing tips can also be used for all linen types including rectangular tablecloths, chair covers, table overlays, table runners, and more! 

Helpful Event Planning Tips

You don't need to be an event professional to use these tips and tricks. You can use this folding method whether you're a bride to be, event planner, caterer, or someone who just loves decorating your home for the many seasons and holidays! If you enjoy this tablecloth folding blog be sure to check out our chair cover folding blog to become an expert on how to fold those tricky chair cover shapes as well. 

Are you a Visual Learner?

Watch our step-by-step video tutorial on how to fold a round tablecloth!

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