Cheap Tablecloths

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Cheap tablecloths are easy to find and they help dress up your table for special occasions. You might be surprised how affordable tablecloths can be.

When to Use Cheap Tablecloths

If you've ever tried to organize or plan a special event, you know how quickly things can add up. Knowing when you can cut corners and how to save money without sacrificing quality can really help you stay within a reasonable budget for things like:

  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Birthday parties
  • Holiday dinner parties
  • Bar Mitzvahs
  • Family reunions
  • Class reunions
  • Private auctions
  • Corporate events

Special events like these are prime examples of when to search for and buy cheap tablecloths. You can find inexpensive, affordable tablecloths that can work for any occasion, even one as formal as a wedding. Saving money on tablecloths will allow you to spend more on things like entertainment and food, where you don't want to scrimp on quality.

Materials and Styles

Affordable tablecloths can be found in a variety of styles and materials such as:

  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Cotton
  • Vinyl
  • Polyester
  • Satin

The most common shapes of cheap tablecloths are round, square and rectangular. One advantage of using a tablecloth made from a fabric like cotton or polyester is that it can be washed and used over and over again. Paper tablecloths are the least expensive and are great for things like a child's birthday party but can only be used one time. Plastic or vinyl tablecloths can be reused if you're careful with them, however, they are not likely to last as long as a cloth tablecloth. Another very durable type of tablecloth is one that has a vinyl polyester front with a soft polyester flannel backing. The backing helps keep the tablecloth in place and the vinyl front wipes up easily with a damp cloth.

Making Your Own Tablecloths

Another way to save money on tablecloths is to make them yourself. You can buy cheap sheet sets at stores like Walmart and one of the various dollar stores to make your own simple cloth tablecloths. You might be able to find very cheap sheets at thrift shops. You can also create cheap table cloths out of fabric from discount department or craft stores. If you need a pattern, you can find several online such as a free fabric round tablecloth pattern or any size tablecloth instructions to print out and use.

Where to Buy

Where you buy cheap tablecloths will depend on why you need them. If you need tablecloths for a formal function such as a wedding, holiday dinner party or corporate event, you should look for cloth tablecloths that come in multiple quantities. Restaurant and wedding supply companies are a good place to start. Birthday parties and less formal occasions mean you can use a cheaper style of table setting like plastic or vinyl tablecloths.


Restaurant supply companies are also a good source for buying tablecloths in bulk. By purchasing in larger quantities, you usually get a better price per tablecloth. Companies that sell wedding favors and supplies are also excellent places to shop for quantity discounts on tablecloths. You can find companies like this online:

Plastic, Paper or Vinyl

Party City, Walmart and your local dollar-type stores are good places to find fun, colorful and festive paper or plastic tablecloths. This kind of tablecloth is great for birthday parties, Halloween parties and backyard barbecues.

When to Buy

A good time to look for cheap tablecloths is just after a major holiday. Department stores traditionally put their decorative items on clearance sale right after a holiday such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, New Year's Eve, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, and the Fourth of July. This means you can usually find cheap tablecloths at really low clearance prices throughout the year.

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