F.A.Q.

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Sizes, Shapes, Colors, Designs, Materials) 

 

Is it going to be a hassle to figure out the size tablecloth that I need? 

If you want to avoid yourself this headache, you can simply contact me with your table dimensions and I will happily translate them into the size tablecloth that you need (it is like second nature to me!).  However, if you are not opposed to doing a little measuring, here is the scoop on choosing a tablecloth size:

A traditional drop (i.e. the length of the tablecloth that hangs off the sides of the table) is 8 to 12 inches all around.

Examples:

  • Your table is 48” round; then a 71” round tablecloth would work well as it would give you an almost 12” drop.
  • Your rectangle table is 48” wide x 78” long; then you may consider a 64” x 98” tablecloth, which will provide you with an 8” drop at the width and a 10” drop on each side, lengthwise (drops do not need to be even all around).

Here are typical sizes depending on how many people you can sit around your table:

  • 61” – 63” round: 4 people
  • 71” round: 4 to 6 people
  • 64” square: 4 to 6 people
  • 63” x 78” rectangle: 4 to 6 people (2 on each side, one at each end)
  • 63” x 98”: 6 to 8 people (3 on each side, one at each end)
  • 63” x 118”: 8 to 10 people (4 on each side, one at each end)
  • 63” x 138”: 10 to 12 people (5 on each side, one at each end)

This is the rule of thumb but in the end, it all boils down to personal taste as some people will prefer a very long drop for a fancier look while others will favor a shorter drop if they have children (or clumsy spouses/friends ;)).  Your house, your rules!…

A “square” on a round?  What, are you French?!

To my point of view Square tablecloths are the most “versatile” shape of all: Apart from using it on a square table, it also looks nice on a round table, either alone, or as a topper with a round tablecloth underneath for a more “dressed up” look, or even set on a rectangle table at an angle (alone to use as a sort of oversized centerpiece or runner, or together with the same pattern – or solid color rectangle tablecloth underneath for a fun but fancy look).

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Do you have anything “Southwest”?

People often ask me whether I have designs that could work in the US Southwest.  Most of the South of France designs lend themselves beautifully to the Southwest style, which itself is a hodgepodge of styles (Mexican, Native American, “Tuscan”, “Moroccan”).  Be it colors (terra-cotta, olive green, taupe, yellow, orange), or designs (sunflowers, olives, lemons, geometric patterns), you are bound to find something that will suit your sun-drenched Mexican décor, your subtle Adobe house, your Native American motifs, your Persian rugs, your Asian furniture, your terracotta tiles, … If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact me and send me pictures; I’d love to give you a new perspective and find you something that will look absolutely gorgeous in your home!

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I am not sure it is going to match my… (chair covers, rug, couch, wall color, curtains, dog ;))

Unless you have a blank canvass of a house (i.e. with no colors in it), I am sorry to break it to you, but you will NOT be able to match everything! Of course, you may not want to choose a wildly colored pattern if everything you own is very subdued (although, even that is questionable in my humble opinion), but in general, pick one thing that you would like to match with (your wall color perhaps?) and don’t worry about the color of your chair pads.  Again, when in doubt, send me pictures and I will be happy to assist you and suggest a few choices… 

Do you have anything I can use for a bed cover, throw, etc.? Think outside the box!

Why limit yourself to using your tablecloth as a tablecloth?  Instead let your imagination (or mine) take the rein, and use it as:

  • A light summer bed cover or blanket
  • A tapestry on your wall
  • A valence for your kitchen
  • A shower curtain (with a plastic liner to make it waterproof)
  • A throw on your couch…

These gorgeous patterns let you add a splash of color just about anywhere! Feel free to send me the different ways you found to use your favorite tablecloth, I will add them to my list of fun suggestions…

Are all “rounds” created equal? 

Designs on 61”/63” round tablecloths are “linear or all-over”, which means that the design is “in stripes” or repeated all over the tablecloth.

Designs on the 71” round tablecloths however, are “placé”, which refers to the pattern being printed in the same shape of the tablecloth (in a concentric pattern), giving it a bit more of a polished (or “finished” look), with a centerpiece design.

What about shrinkage?

Cotton is a living material; therefore, cotton tablecloths may shrink from 1 to 3% upon their first wash, while polyester tablecloths will not (something to think about when figuring out the size you need if it has to be precise; or ask me and I can help you out with your needs).

I am confused with the different materials! 

Polyester:

The material is “heat-treated”, which makes it stain resistant and “wipeable” (easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth).  Even better, they are easy to wash and are wrinkle-free.  These tablecloths are perfect for the outdoors as they do well to resist fading in the sun (although I wouldn’t store them in full sun), offer cheerful designs for your patio, and are literally “wash and wear” (and are  the most affordable).

Coated (Acrylic) Cotton:

Acrylic repels liquid from soaking into the fabric (in this case, printed cotton).  It forms a thick layer on top of the fabric, which makes any stains a dream to wipe off with a sponge.  This type of material is sometimes confused with the old-fashioned “oilcloth” because of its shiny look but coated cotton is not as thick as oilcloth and provides a softer drape.  These tablecloths are perfect for everyday use both indoors (kitchen) and outdoors (patio, deck).

Teflon-Coated Cotton Jacquard:

Unlike coated cotton, which is printed cotton with an acrylic enduction, the Teflon-coated cotton is a jacquard*, or woven cotton.  Because the cotton is treated with a Teflon based product that penetrates the cotton fibers, it prevents liquids from soaking into the fabric; and the protection is completely unnoticeable to the eye or the touch!  Liquid spills such as red wine, coffee, soda, etc. bead up on the fabric and can just be blotted with a paper napkin or cloth, while solid/food stains will disappear when washing the tablecloth – even in cold water.  Because the protection is unnoticeable, these tablecloths are perfect for the indoors as they provide an elegant look, whether you opt for a softer color palette for a dressed-up dinner or “eye-popping” color combinations for your fun “Fiestaware” backyard party…

NOTE: The coordinating cotton jacquard napkins and dish towels are not treated with Teflon, for a better (as expected) absorption.

*Wanna know even more?

More on the Teflon® Fabric Protector:

Our cotton jacquard is treated with a Teflon coating (DuPont™ Teflon® fabric protector) which repels liquids.  The coating, invisible to the eye, permeates the cotton fibers instead of being sprayed/applied only to the outer layer – like Scotchgard™.  This technology allows any liquid (yes, like red wine, coffee of soda!) to bead up and roll off the surface of the fabric.  Solid/food stains can be tended to with a bit of dishwashing liquid and wet cloth or via machine wash.  Not only does the Teflon Fabric Protector not require any particular care, it actually strengthens the fibers of the cloth.  As a result, this high-quality cotton becomes more resistant over time and holds its inherent properties such as its colors, elegance and fluidity.

Before the first use, we suggest you soak your Teflon-coated product in clear and cold water in order to optimize the Teflon Fabric Protector.  This simple action will enable the natural cotton fiber to rehydrate itself and the coating protection last longer.

Ironing your product on the reverse side of the fabric after washing will re-activate the properties of the Teflon coating.  But if you don’t like to iron, like most of us, you may take your tablecloth out of the washer right at the end of its cycle, give it a good shake and line dry it.  Alternatively, you can also tumble-dry it in your dryer, and fold it as soon as the dryer has finished its cycle.

More on Jacquard Fabric – What is a Jacquard?

In jacquard fabric (e.g. cotton, silk, polyester, acrylic), the patterns and colors are incorporated into the weave instead of being printed or dyed onto the surface of the fabric. The term “jacquard” indicates how the pattern is woven, not the specific pattern itself.  Specifically, the jacquard loom (a device which efficiently weaves threads together to create an intricately patterned fabric), was invented in 1804 by Joseph Marie Charles, a French weaver eager to “work smarter, not more” ;).

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