Whether fun and colorful or regal and white, table linens are an important element in any dining experience. The tablecloth, napkins, placemats and table runner you use instantly become the background setting for your meal.
Restaurant-quality table linens can have the reputation for being the same: white, stiff and boring. Fortunately, performance table linens are made of a mix of materials – typically either 100% cotton or a combination of polyester and cotton – and come in a variety of colors, patterns, textures and sheens. And they’re always specially coated to make them more durable and to prevent liquids (read: stains) from penetrating the fibers.
Here are seven reasons quality performance table linens are the go-to solution for every dining occasion.
1. They last a long time
Performance, by definition, means they are more durable than non-performance fabrics, so they’ll be around a lot longer. And, because they are specially treated, they won’t fade or begin to look dingy, even after years of use. So, get your favorite colors and patterns knowing that you’ll be able to enjoy them for years.
2. They are easy to maintain
All performance linens are machine washable, so they can be ready for your next event without chemicals or being sent out to be cleaned. Simply wash them in cold water—with similar colors, of course—and tumble dry on low. And, if something does break through and leave a small spot, don’t worry. You can easily spot clean them as well. They don’t usually require special ironing, but some performance fabrics can be ironed while still damp after laundering for an especially crisp look.
3. They can be used for any occasion
Because they are so rugged and easy to maintain, performance table linens can be used for any event that involves food. Whether you use them only for special occasions or each day with your family or friends, they’ll perform just the same and look just as great. The variety of styles, colors and patterns also means you can find table linens you want and, thanks to their longevity, they’ll keep their colors and work just as great, year after year.
4. They’re inexpensive to maintain
While traditional linens can become time consuming and costly to maintain, performance linens require significantly less maintenance. Spills bead so they can be quickly cleaned before they reach—and stain—the fibers, which means they won’t require extra cleaning. You can also launder them at home, without the costly help of a professional. And, they won’t need to be replaced very often because…
5. They look and feel great
Performance table linens are crafted so they not only look great, but they also feel great. After all, no one wants to wipe their face with a roughly textured napkin. They come in a variety of textures, such as silky or soft, and our table linens are always crafted to avoid being uncomfortably stiff or scratchy. And, of course, they come in a large array of colors and patterns, so you have plenty of options to coordinate with—or add color to—your decor.
6. They help set the mood
Available in a variety of colors and patterns, linens can be used to quickly change the color scheme of a dining room. Pick a bright pattern for a spring brunch or a subtle hue for more formal events. They also come in a variety of textures, giving each a subtly unique drape and sheen. Use either a crisp or a silky linen to elevate the setting or a softer texture to keep things feeling a little more casual.
7. They protect your furniture
While traditional linens can become time consuming and costly to maintain, performance linens require significantly less maintenance. Spills bead so they can be quickly cleaned before they reach—and stain—the fibers, which means they won’t require extra cleaning. You can also launder them at home, without the costly help of a professional.