How to Keep Tablecloths From Blowing Away at the Beach

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How to Keep Tablecloths From Blowing Away at the Beach
A package of adhesive strips can keep a tablecloth in place for hours. (table image by Schmahl Photography from

A meal at the beach can quickly be ruined by a windy day. Gusts of wind can send tablecloths whipping off of picnic tables, with lightweight paper of foam plates close behind. Double-sided tape or adhesive putty can be used as a stopgap solution, but a bit or preparation can ensure a tablecloth stays put for an entire day at the beach.

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Things you need

  • 1 package adhesive wall mounting strips
  • Plastic tablecloth

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  1. 1

    Remove protective strip from one side of the adhesive tab.

  2. 2

    Affix adhesive to table edge at one corner.

  3. 3

    Repeat steps 1 and 2 at each additional corner and at middle of table on each long side.

  4. 4

    Drape plastic tablecloth over top of table. Because the adhesive tabs are on the side and haven't yet been exposed, the tablecloth can be adjusted to fit properly.

  5. 5

    Weigh down the tablecloth in position.

  6. 6

    Remove the second strip from a single adhesive tab and press the appropriate portion of tablecloth onto it.

  7. 7

    Repeat step 6 for remaining adhesive tabs, making sure to pull the tablecloth taut for each one.

Tips and warnings

  • Some adhesive tabs can be removed without tearing by pressing down while pulling the release tab. With care, all tabs can be removed while preserving the tablecloth for reuse.

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