How to Layer Tablecloths


An attractive table makes any occasion feel more special. Layering your tablecloths is one way to make the table stand out. Use a solid color underneath and a light, lacy cloth on top, allowing the color to peek through the lace. For Valentine's Day, the bottom cloth might be red; for Christmas, make it red, gold or green. If lace is too formal for your occasion, try a patterned cloth layered over a solid.

Things You'll Need

  • White or beige lace tablecloth
  • Solid-colored tablecloth
  • Patterned tablecloth

Layering With Lace

  • Choose a lace tablecloth with a loose pattern that will let the cloth underneath show through.

  • Pick a solid tablecloth that is the same shape and slightly smaller than the lace cloth so that it will not be visible except through the lace.

  • Spread the solid tablecloth over your table; then put the lace cloth on top.

  • Adjust the cloths as needed to keep the solid cloth out of view at the bottom edge.

Layering With Pattern

  • Choose a solid-color tablecloth to anchor your design.

  • Pick a patterned cloth that is at least 6 inches smaller on all sides than the solid tablecloth.

  • Spread out the larger tablecloth; then center the patterned cloth on top. If the cloths have corners, match them up for a neater look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with various colors and patterns in your layering. Perhaps you'd rather have a patterned cloth on the bottom and a solid one on top. Be brave and combine a stripe with a plaid. Use lace over a floral. The possibilities are nearly endless.

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