When we hear the word table, what comes to mind usually is the traditional checkered blue/green/red table cloth which most households or restaurants use. Just like everything else, the table covers have also undergone an evolution of sorts and led to the emergence of different types, to serve different functions.
The first distinction of the table cover is the function. Some are used to protect the table from dirt or damage or wear and tear. Table are made of different materials and those made out of wood are prone to damage if exposed to water. Plastic covers are used for such tables especially if in restaurants, schools, or at home with young kids. They also can be used to decorate, especially for occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and meetings. Drape the tables with covers that match the décor of the event; they are considered a big part of the décor. The other function of the table covers is to conceal any marks, stains, and defects on the table. If your table is worn out, it is cheaper to buy a table cover than to buy a new one.
There exist many types of covers. Depending on the table shape there are rectangular, square, round and high cocktail table covers. There are different sizes, but most are standardized to the table sizes available. The fabrics used in making them are also a determinant in identifying the types. They are available in plastic, satin, linen, vinyl, and taffeta. Some covers are plain while others have superior designs and embroidery.
Draping the tables can be as simple as covering the table to more elaborate designs depending on the function. For weddings or birthdays, it may include using two covers, the top one being an overlay, usually in a different color and has embroidery.
Covers can be used to transform not only a table but an event.