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A Guide to Buying a Tablecloth on eBay

Whether it's banquet tablecloths for a wedding, a cloth to set a romantic table for two, or one to use for a picnic by a mountain stream, there is a tablecloth on eBay to fit the bill. These linens come in a variety of colors, materials, styles, and sizes in single packages or in bulk. From formal to casual and for every occasion and taste, your ideal option awaits.

What are the standard sizes for table linens?

Tablecloths for sale on eBay may be rectangular, round, oblong, or square. They usually come in standard sizes that make it easy to find a good fit. The best way to determine the right size is to add the number of inches the cloth hangs over the edge to the width and length of the table. The most common widths for rectangular and oblong tables are 36 inches and 40 inches. Lengths vary. Square tables usually run from 36 inches to 72 inches, and round tables measure from 24 inches to 132 inches in diameter. See the manufacturer site for details.

Which fabrics are available in eBay tablecloths?

Linen is the gold standard for well-appointed tables, and cotton holds its own in everyday and casual settings. Blends or synthetics are used often for homes and banquets because they come in an array of colors and styles and can be laundered without shrinkage or wrinkling. Choices include different kinds of plastic and lace as well as these favorites:

  • 100% cotton
  • 100% linen
  • 100% polyester
  • Blends
  • Oilcloth
Kinds of lace you may find in a tablecloth for sale

Lace can be made from natural fibers or synthetics, and lace tablecloths usually come in white or off-white. Vintage lace tablecloths sold on eBay are sometimes hand-crocheted of cotton thread, while others are loomed from cotton or synthetics. Battenburg tablecloths, which have lace insets, are usually made of cotton and may be imported. Thin lace or lace that has a lot of open areas may need an undercloth.

What is a good way to buy tablecloths on eBay for a banquet?

Special occasions may require multiple tablecloths that fit oversized tables. From polyester in seasonal colors to stately linen or cotton, new bulk tablecloths and used round tablecloths are available. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and weights. Round white tablecloths are a favorite for wedding receptions, while other occasions may do well with a display of primary or pastel hues. For ease and simplicity, bulk rolls of vinyl or disposable plastic tablecloths are also a good option.

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