Monday, 28 October 2013

Clip On Tablecloth Weights

There really are many different options to choose from.

If you're looking for a style and maintaining class, these stainless steel tablecloth weights pictured below will be perfect for you.

These stainless steel weights are available on Amazon

Most tablecloth weights available on Amazon seem to be designed for outdoor use, rather than being intended to maintain class and style of indoor dining tables. However, these have a modern feel, and will not bring down the appearance of your tablecloth.

There are many other options which are designed more for outdoor use, with picnic and barbeque themes. Although they may look a little tacky if used indoors for fine dining, they're perfectly suited to any picnic or barbeque and some are really quite cute.

These cute picnic basket weights are perhaps my favorite

Clips on to the corners of your tablecloth

These are also available on Amazon

I also find these heart weights to be quite cute and these will be quite appropriate for indoor tablecloths.

Weights for dining or other indoor tablecoths

These are also available on Amazon

Obviously the design you choose will be largely dependent on the setting and occasion.

If you want a heavy weight optionview my post on cast iron bird tablecloth weights (my favorite). Obviously, they're made of cast iron, but they're also very attractive.

Indoors or outdoors?

For indoor tables, weights such as fruits and animals are going to look a little cheap and tacky and may be seen as "bad taste". Whilst perfect for barbeques and picnics, they're definitely not the best option for a dining table if you're looking to maintain a little class. There's a range to suit anything from picnic tables to more formal dining settings.

I have several other solutions to tablecloths moving and getting blown away listed in my two previous blog posts, which focus on clips and clamps. 

Recommended Reading:

1. Tablecloth clips
2. Tablecloth clamps

Whilst these are a less attractive option, they're cheap and they are more effective at actually holding a table cloth in place. Weights will have the ability to minimize movement, but for windy conditions or to prevent toddlers pulling things down on themselves, clips and clamps will be a much more effective solution.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Tablecloth Clamps

Adjustable Spring-Loaded Tablecloth Clamps

Wind proof your tablecloth and prevent slipping of indoor tablecloths!

I recently became are of these tablecloth clamps, which are allow me to hold down my tablecloth in a way which looks pleasant, as these clamps have a reasonably aesthetic appearance. I guess there's not really much you can say about these, except that they work.

These clamps are available on Amazon

It can be really infuriating when your tablecloth continually slips or gets blown off. I must admit, until I became aware of these options, I just lived with it, even though it was a really irritating problem. University text books, assignments, my laptop and a bunch of other stuff used to always be sliding around on my table, messing up my table cloth alignment. I have a white floral table cloth which constantly slips down and looks uneven and unattractive. I find it really messes up the look of my dining room, just makes it look sloppy.

Small simple ideas like this can eliminate regular sources of irritation. There are other options, such as little plastic clips which are perhaps a little less noticeable, or you can purchase some tablecloth weights.

Another option that also may be worth considering is a gripper style mat which goes underneath your tablecloth. This is obviously going to be the best option for those who are concerned about the appearance of clips and clamps.