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How To Keep A Tablecloth From Moving

Ever set a gorgeous table, only to have the tablecloth slide around like a runaway balloon? It's the worst! You want your table to look amazing for your party, but a tablecloth that won't stay put can be a real drag. Don't worry, we've all been there. 

But listen up, we've got some clever tricks on how to keep a tablecloth from sliding or how to keep a tablecloth from moving – no matter what! Here are a few ideas on how to keep tablecloth in place:

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Solution 1: Table Cloth Weights

These come in all sorts of styles, from fancy cast iron weights to cute seashell or flower shapes.  They add a touch of decoration while keeping your tablecloth put. 

If you're feeling crafty, you can even make your own! Just fill small fabric bags with sand or rice as tablecloth weights for the outdoors and tie them to the corners of your covers.

Solution 2: Tablecloth Clips

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These tablecloth clips are like tiny superheroes for your table. They clamp onto the edge of your table and the tablecloth, holding them together nice and tight.  

They're super easy to use and come in different sizes to fit all sorts of tables. Some even adjust to fit different table thicknesses!

Solution 3: Double-Sided Tape

Double-sided table tape can be a secret weapon to prevent tablecloths from sliding. Just stick small pieces of tape to the underside of your table linen, then press it gently onto the tabletop.

This creates a strong grip, but there are a couple of things to remember: make sure you choose tape specifically designed for delicate fabrics, and always test it on a tiny, hidden spot of your tablecloth first. You don't want the tape to stain or damage the fabric!

Solution 4: Non-Slip Table Protector

These protectors are usually clear, vinyl mats that you place under your tablecloth. The vinyl has a slightly grippy texture that helps hold the tablecloth in place without anyone even noticing it's there.  They're a great option if you don't want to see tablecloth weights or clips, and they can also help protect your table from spills and scratches. 

Just remember, some non-slip protectors might not work well with very smooth tablecloths like satin, so it's always a good idea to test a small area first.

Solution 5: Fitted Tablecloths

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Consider stretch spandex table covers that hug into the tables perfectly! They fit snugly around your table like a sock. This will help you solve the problem of covers blowing away and even help with table wrinkling that normally happens at parties, especially with high foot traffic.

This makes them perfect for outdoor events where wind might be a problem, or for tables with umbrella holes in the middle. With a fitted tablecloth, you won't need any extra clips or weights to keep it secure.

Solution 6: Natural Grip

Tablecloths made from fabrics with a bit of texture, like linen or burlap tablecloths, can be a good choice. These fabrics have a slightly rough surface that grips the table better than smoother materials like silk or satin.

They work as a natural table cover weight so you don’t have to worry about sliding or wrinkling. So, if you're looking for a naturally stable option, consider the fabric type as well.

Solution 7: Ironing

If polyester tablecloths are your primary choice, then fear not. These can be used as well with the proper technique and idea when covering your tables.

Ironing your tablecloth before you set it can help! Ironing flattens out wrinkles and can create a slightly "starched" feel to the fabric. This extra stiffness can give your tablecloth a bit more resistance to movement.

From fancy weights to secret agent protectors, we've explored a bunch of clever solutions on how to keep tablecloths from blowing away. With these tips in your back pocket, you can create a beautiful tablescape that will stay put no matter what the celebration throws your way!

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