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When you’re planning a party, whether it’s for children or adults, there’s always so much to think about. Will you be holding it at home or are you hiring a venue? Who will take care of the catering? What about music or other entertainment? Then there’s the little things that can easily be overlooked.
Table coverings are a great example. Wide fabric oilcloths are an increasingly popular choice when holding a party or large gathering.
What makes an Oilcloth Wide?
Wide oilcloth can come in anything from 100cm wide. When you’re measuring for a table before purchasing an oilcloth, it’s important to remember to allow for overhang. 20-25cm is recommended so when measuring allow 40-50cm to ensure the right fit.
Only Oilcloths have an ever-expanding range of wide fabric oilcloth designs available. Whether it’s a child’s party, a family barbecue or a community event, oilcloth is the perfect choice.
Learn about Extra Wide Oilcloths here.
What is oilcloth?
Oilcloth is a versatile fabric, usually cotton or linen, which has been treated on one side to give it a waterproof finish. Traditionally that treatment might have been linseed oil but these days it tends to be PVC. Don’t be mistaken however, PVC fabric is not oilcloth. PVC fabric doesn’t contain cotton so is much less flexible and easy to use.
Oilcloth became popular in the 19th century as a floor covering where it was loved for its hard wearing and easy to maintain qualities. It became popular in the 1950s as an easy clean alternative to the traditional tablecloths. As a result, it’s popular with people who love retro interior design. It can also be used as a cheaper alternative to leather when making shoes or bags.
Before its domestic use, it was used by sailors and fishermen to create sails for their boats. If it can withstand anything the ocean can throw at it, then a children’s party should be a doddle!
Why is oilcloth such a great choice?
The fabric is stain and water resistant as well as antibacterial. It has a high density which makes it durable and strong. They’re easy to wipe clean and store. If it’s folded and now has creases, then it’s easy to remove. Oilcloth softens and becomes more pliable as it warms up so lay out the cloth flat in a warm room and the creases will disappear. Being so resilient they can be used again and again for many years. The number of designs now available is vast.
It’s no longer the case that you have to choose between plain colours and a limited range of floral designs. There’s some fantastic designs available for children that make it such a great option for children’s parties such as owls, monkeys and pirates. They come in a traditional gloss finish with a high shine or matt.
Being completely waterproof it’s perfect for outdoor events given the vagaries of the British weather. Not only is it practical, it also looks great and brings a touch of fun. Whether you favour classic and simple designs, contemporary and modern or something distinctly retro. there’s a design for every occasion.
Contact us today to find out more about the wide fabric oilcloths that we can offer you.