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Vinyl Tablecloths For Indoors and Outdoors

Updated on September 27, 2011

Protect Table Tops with a Vinyl Tablecloth

The right tablecloth can enhance the appearance of any table. In addition, they provide valuable protection for the tabletop. For those who want maximum protection from spills, vinyl tablecloths can be a great choice.

A vinyl tablecloth is perfect for those who have small children. They are also ideal at parties, banquets, and pitch-ins. Of course when you're dining outside, they are a must. Whether you bring one along to drape over a public picnic bench or use it over your table on the deck or patio, it can assure your guests or family have a clean surface from which to eat.

A vinyl tablecloth can provide protection from scratches, spills, and they add the convenience of easy clean up. Below you will find tips on choosing one and a variety of these tablecloths.

Choosing a Vinyl Tablecloth

Choosing a vinyl tablecloth is a fairly easy matter. The two primary considerations are size and appearance. These tablecloths come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Oval, rectangles, squares, and rounds are all common. Shoppers need to measure their table top, then add 16 inches to the width and length to allow an 8" drop on each side, to determine which size cloth they need.

If the exact size can't be found, many of these vinyl tablecloths can be trimmed. In addition, you can often buy them on a bolt or on a roll and make several tablecloths of any size. This is also useful if you want matching placemats, drawer liners, and so forth.

Appearance of course, is a matter of personal taste. Some of these tablecloths are ideal for dining rooms, others are designed with picnics in mind. There are a variety of patterns and colors.

A few other attributes are also worthy of attention when making your choice. All of these vinyl tablecloths offer ease of use. When spills occur, you merely wipe them clean with a damp cloth. Some offer a flannel backing that helps protect the table top from incidental scratches and scuffs. The thicker the vinyl, the better it will provide this protection. However, some of the lighter weight vinyl will drape more naturally over the table edge. Some will also include a non-skid backing to reduce slippage.

Pretty Floral Patterns

Floral patterned vinyl tablecloths are traditional favorites. They protect your table and add decorative appeal as well. Here you'll find a variety of patterns from those with a tropical flair to those that lend themselves to a more elegant dining experience.

The Fresco Fruit tablecloth has a light beige background with a textured look. It has soft, muted greens, purples, and burnt yellow fruits and flowers, giving this vinyl tablecloth a traditional, yet elegant look. It has a flannel, no slip backing, sewn edges, and protective cover. It measures 60 " x 88" but is available in a variety of sizes and shape. It even has matching placemats available.

The Lilac Garden offers another classic floral pattern with lilac blooms and a marbelized taupe background. It is also flannel backed to protect your tabletop and is available in 4 sizes. There are matching placemats available.

There are also options that provide greater flexibility. You can also purchase bolts of fabric and cut vinyl tablecloths to size. Many of the available bolts of fabric measure 54" W x 45' L. There are a variety of pretty floral patterns, one to coordinate with your color scheme or suit your décor whether modern or traditional.

This fabric makes not only a great tablecloth but can also be used to line shelves and drawers or make placemats. The fabric is made of 4 gauge vinyl with a 2 ounce flannel backing to protect your table tops. It's weatherproof and durable, making it a fine choice even outdoors. Of course, it's also easy to clean, just requiring a wipe with a damp cloth.


Lace vinyl tablecloths are the perfect answer for those who aren't sure they really want vinyl versus cloth. These elegant looking tablecloths drape beautifully and are often mistaken for cloth. They are however, 100% vinyl.

There are a variety of patterns and sizes available of course. These tablecloths have no flannel backing and therfore, are a bit thinner than some of the other options. This is what allows them to have the fine lace look and the perfect draping to give your room a more elegant appearance.

Many of these vinyl tablecloths are available in both white or soft ivory. The "cut out" areas also offer the vinyl backing which assures that spills won't get through to your table top and they're easy to clean with the wipe of a cloth. With these tablecloths, you can use vinyl even in a formal dining room.

Classic Picnic Style

For more informal environments, these pretty checked vinyl tablecloths may be perfect. They are great on picnics and out on your deck or patio.

Their protective coating makes them easy to clean and assures they will stay great looking for years to come. They are flame retardant and have a polyester flannel backing that's skid resistant.

These tablecloths are available in a variety of sizes and can even be purchased in a roll and cut to size.

Solid Color Vinyl Tablecloths

These polyester flannel backed vinyl tablecloths look good indoors or out. They are flame retardant and and have a protective coating to keep them looking good for many years.  These 52" x 52" cloths can be purchased in 15 yard roles and in a variety of colors.

An Alternative

This clear plastic tablecloth is an alternative to patterned vinyl tablecloths. It you want to protect your existing tablecloth from spills, this heavy .006 gauge fabric will do the job nicely and your guests and family will still see your beautiful linens. It has finished edges and measures 60" x 84" but can be cut to size if desired.


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    • Frieda Babbley profile image

      Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      My sister has a vinyl table cloth, and surprisingly, it's a rather nice one. Fortunately for her, vinyl cloths are wipe and go. I secretly think she got it because we go over there for dinner quite a bit and she got tired of washing tablecloths; don't know why she had them on in the first place, but they do dress things up nicely as steph mentions. And yes, it does make dinner at their house special, while at the same time relaxing because you don't have to worry about spilling or accidentally flicking.

      I remember I used to love it when we went to Pizza Hut every once in a while for a sit down pizza (remember when you could do that?). Anyway, I loved it because of the red and white checkered vinyl tablecloths.

      Great topic, mulberry1.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      There's nothing like a table cloth to help dress up a meal or any other occasion. You are right that linens are not always appropriate. Vinyl clothes are used at nursing homes, too. Great job - rated up!

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      Meme King 6 years ago

      Good content. I found this very informative!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

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      craftybegonia 6 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Nice hub! Well presented.