How to Fold a Tablecloth at the Corners

Updated February 21, 2017

It’s difficult to keep your tablecloths completely free of wrinkles in storage, but proper folding will help preserve a crisp look. By folding a tablecloth at the corners, you create only a couple of straight lines that are easy to smooth. Martha Stewart has a trick for eliminating wrinkles from your tablecloth the night before your dinner party. Place towels underneath the laid out tablecloth and mist with water. Gravity will force the wrinkles to smooth overnight.

Grab the top right and left corners of your tablecloth using both hands. Position the tablecloth so that the length is vertical, for rectangular cloths.

Fold the cloth vertically to meet your hands, matching the top corners. Pinch the corners with one hand and use your index finger to smooth the fold opposite to the corners. Lay the folded tablecloth on a smooth, clean surface.

Match the bottom corners and smooth the edges of your tablecloth. Pinch the bottom corners and fold to meet the top corners.

Store the folded tablecloth as is, or drape over a clothes hanger and place in a closet.

Things You'll Need

  • Tablecloth
  • Large, clean, smooth work surface
  • Clothes hanger
  • Storage space
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Jamie Witt began her writing career in 2005 by assisting in the launch of a daily newspaper. Previous roles in newspaper have included reporter, photographer, copy editor and assistant managing editor. She moved into advertising with an emphasis on public relations, copy writing and copy editing. Witt studied Journalism and English at Indiana University.