Shopping for Table Covers – Materials to Consider

It’s nice to decorate a table with a tablecloth as it not only sets the mood for celebration but also adds color and class to your party room. Besides, it also negates the necessity for using placemats, while also protecting the table surface.

There are various parameters that determine your choice of a table cover. Apart from the shape and size of a table cover, you can also choose your table covers based on the material used. You could easily choose linen or damask table cover for stylish occasions or a cotton or polyester one for daily use. Often, a double embroidered table cloth can serve to embellish a plain-looking table with its richness of design and color. 

Choice of Fabrics

Table covers are made in a huge variety of materials, so when one shops for one, the purpose of its use should be determined. They can be chosen for formal and semi-casual occasions. 

For formal occasions, the following are generally used:

Formal Occasions:

  • Silk and Organza

A silk table cover can lend a luxurious look to a formal event. Silk table linen is delicate but not easy to maintain, so they should be set aside for those very special occasions. 

Organza too falls in this category. They are best highlighted by delicate embroidery and show up very well if used as overlays. They are generally used at formal functions like weddings and such special events. 

  • Satin

Satin is distinctive for its rich and luxuriant sheen and incomparable softness. To give your event a rich look, the use of satin is a great idea. This material is not limited in its range of colors.

  • Lace

Lace tablecloths are pretty and delicate. They are usually openwork tablecloths tatted using cotton yarn and finer yarn like gold, silver, and linen. They could be embellished with tatting, crochet, cutwork, or macramé, either hand-done or machine-operated. Being so delicate, they are generally hand-washed. 

A really good way of using a lace table cover is to place it over a solid table cloth. This will present an eye-catching centerpiece at the table. Though lace has its own charm, yet this can be enhanced if the quality of the table’s wood is rich and luxurious and shows well through the table cover. To avoid any damage to the material, these table covers are best dry cleaned. 

For regular home use, the following materials of table covers are generally used:

Regular Home Use:

  • Cotton

Since cotton table covers are easy to manufacture in huge volumes, they aren’t as expensive as their silk and linen counterparts. They enhance informal dining tables in kitchens and are durable and easy to maintain. They come in delightful prints and are machine-washable, and can be spot-cleaned to remove stains and spills. For these reasons, it’s not uncommon to find a cotton table cloth in most homes.

  • Polyester

A table cover made of polyester fabric can bring an indoor dining party or a lawn party to life with its silky sheen and feel. When combined with cotton, it produces a polyester blend. It is similar to cotton in its durability, machine-washable quality, and easy availability in a variety of patterns and colors. 

Further, it doesn’t shrink in a dryer and due to its singular sheen, it can easily be used at formal affairs like birthday parties, Baptisms, and weddings. 

  • Polycot

To create an elegant table, the use of a polycot table cover is imperative. It is a combination of polyester and cotton and can be available in a range of colors. It is soft to touch, highly durable, and machine-washable.


With the help of this guide, one can choose a table cover suitable for an occasion from Pushplinen. Choosing a table cover must be done carefully, taking all factors into account.