Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Tablecloth Clips - How To Stop Your Tablecloth Sliding

Let me show you a few nifty little clips which will put an end to the irritating problem of tablecloths slipping, falling and blowing away in the wind. 

This is one of the most simple and cheap ways of stopping your tablecloth from sliding on your tabletop. Simply clip several of these around all four edges to hold your tablecloth in place.

Plastic Tablecloth Clips

1. Fits up to 3/4" table width
2. Pack of 24 (recommended 6 per table)
3. High quality plastic

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The tablecloth clips shown here are relatively unobtrusive and will hold the cloth in place. These are very cheaply priced and come in a pack of 24, so there will be plenty of replacements when you inevitably lose a few. They're able to be placed on tables which have an edge width of 3/4" or under. The fact that these are clear makes them perfect for use indoors, as they are relatively unnoticeable. Being transparent is an important quality, in order to allow them to remain relatively unobtrusive.

   Clips for Thicker Table Edges

1. Fits up to 1.5" tabletop width
2. Pack of 4 clips
3. Made in the USA 

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If you'd like a clip which is designed to bend a little wider, you could try these, as they're designed to fit tables with a width of up to 1.5". These will stop slipping and sliding whilst remaining relatively unnoticeable.

The clarity of the plastic makes them perfect for use indoors, even in more formal dining areas. Those who have reviewed this item have found it to be a sturdy item, that securely holds tablecloths in place whilst remaining unnoticeable. These are also more suitable to edges which are angular, which are common for formal dining tables. These clips are cheap, transparent, effective and are an excellent option for any table.

Steel Clips for Picnic Tables

1. Fits 1 - 1.5" tabletop width
2. Pack of 6 clips
3. Spring-steel is stronger and more durable than plastic 

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Stop slipping and sliding easily with these spring-steel tablecloth clips. The curved part of the clip simply bends as far as you need it to, in order for it to fit on the edge of your picnic table. The fact that these are made of steel offers a little extra strength, but creates a little potential for rust. Also, they are slightly more conspicuous than clear plastic clips. However, this will generally not be an issue if they're being used for outdoor settings or picnic tables. If you're simply looking for something to stop your food being blown of the table along with your tablecloth then these are going to be a nice cheap effective solution.

Do these products also increase safety?

It may sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but interestingly, these clips and clamps actually increase household safety. Young children are capable of pulling on tablecloths, dragging down items which are capable of causing injuries. Items being pulled down or knocked off also creates the risk of spilled drinks, broken glasses, stained carpets, and even damage to products such as electronics. So its not just a case of decreasing the hassle of having to straighten or place your tablecloth back on your table.

It's the kind of common yet rather annoying problem which appears to have no solution. However, the products described above are quite inexpensive and easy to use, and will definitely save you a few hassles. You can also purchase items such as grip mats which cover tablecloths, to provide grip and secure them without requiring weights or clips. You can also purchase special version which are padded, which not only provide extra grip, but also protect tabletops from scratches and burns. These products cost a little more but may very well be worth the investment.

First world problems...

This really is a first world problem. However, sometimes when you get enough first world problems coming at you,  you can feel like you're losing your mind.