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November 17, 2018

Storing Tablecloths at Home

Everything You Need to Know About Storing Tablecloths at Home

If you love decorating your kitchen or dining room table with crisp, elegant linens, the issue of storing tablecloths has likely surfaced at one point or another. Even if you bought table linens for your wedding or other special event, storing tablecloths is something you will have to consider. Why is finding space to store your linens an issue? If you’re asking this question, you probably haven’t spent a TON of time ironing difficult wrinkles and creases. Your elbows will thank you if you store your tablecloths properly so you don’t have to iron them over and over again. Whatever you do, don’t fold linens and place them in a box or on a shelf:

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One of the best ways to store linens, also one of the most common solutions, is to use hangers. Now, the type of hanger you choose is going to have a great impact on the number of unsightly creases that will present themselves the next time you retrieve your linens. Wire hangers, and any hangers made with a stiff metal material, are going to cause creasing. A wire hanger with clips is a much better option if it’s all you have around.

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However, if you’re going to go with hangers for the sake of convenience, rounded hangers are ideal. Check out the nifty storage idea below:

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A rounded hanger with a tablecloth folded into thirds is going to really minimize those wrinkles and make it so you can grab your linen from the closet and throw it straight on your table, no ironing required. But there is an option that’s even better than the rounded hanger. Can I have a drum roll, please?

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Cardboard tubes! Whether it’s repurposed from gift wrap or bought from a store, cardboard tubes are the ultimate way to store your linens.Take your ironed linens and roll them up with the cardboard tube, making sure to keep the fabric tight to prevent wrinkling. Martha Stewart has an excellent video detailing how to store linens with cardboard tubes here. Thank you for reading, and I hope these tips help!

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Featured image via shutterstock | Storage bins image via FindingHomeOnline | Wire hanging image found via Live, Learn, Love | Tablecloth storage roll image via WikiHow

 

7 Replies to “Storing Tablecloths at Home”

  1. Age old dilemma! I have 250+ tablecloths (not to mention the scores of runners, napkins and placemats), and storing them became an issue after the first 20 or so. I’m a fan of the sturdy rounded hanger for the most part. I like rolling them on tubes but have absolutely nowhere to store them like that. On the hangers I have 6 closets from which to choose along with the back of doors. I NEVER iron the tablecloths out of the dryer. I put them on the hangers in minimal folds and iron them when ready to use to eliminate any wrinkles or fold lines. What I would do to have about 1000 sq. ft. dedicated to the sole storage of linens stored on 4″ tubes that rotate like at the dry cleaners!!!!! That’s a dream-and-a-half!!!

    Napkins at my place are neatly folded and stored in hanging soft-sided shoe storage thingies by color. Easy access and minimal wrinkles, if any. Placemats are in deep drawers, laid flat.

    This is a great topic! I hope others will share their storage ideas so we can all benefit!

  2. I have the Big issue and blessing to have so many table cloths, Crates boxes bags… HELP! I have decided to do vaccumn bags One day to help with space and organizing. I like hanging… Those CHAIR COVERS! a whole another story

  3. I watched the Martha Stewart video about rolling table claws on a cardboard tube, but what happens if your tube is not as long as the table cloth? Is it alright to fold the tablecloth a bit before rolling it?

    1. Hello Marilyn, it should be okay to fold the tablecloth a bit. It may just need some additional ironing when you’re ready to use it again. Hope this helps!

  4. My linen tablecloths belonged to my grandmother and she died in 1964. So I am guessing they date back to the 1950’s at least. Is there any special way to store linens of that era? Thank you.

    1. Hi Barbara,

      I would say that care for that type of linen would be highly dependent on the type of cloth. We’d recommend storing in a dark, cool, and dry place to preserve the color of the thread and thread fiber integrity. If you need to clean the linen, it may also be best to have them dry cleaned.

      The Smithsonian has a fantastic article about storing antique textiles that may help you: https://www.si.edu/faqs/antique-textile-storage.

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