How to Organize Table Linens

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2 Hours

When you spend a little time to organize table linens, you will free up space in your drawers and will keep your tablecloths free of wrinkles.

I am a collector of linens, a habit started by my grandmother and reinforced by my mom. I grew up in a paperless kitchen and have carried that into my own kitchen.

As such, I am always on the lookout for lovely cloth napkins, tablecloths, and dish towels and have accumulated quite an assortment of all of them.

My burgeoning table linen inventory inevitably overwhelmed the space I have available. The result was that my linens have been jammed in drawers and shelves, resulting in it making it difficult to find what I was looking for. And, when I did find what I was looking for, my linens were inevitably wrinkled!

Each drawer was filled with a combination of tablecloths, napkins, and even a few placemats thrown in for good measure.

And because the drawers were filled to capacity, my napkins were tucked in wherever I could find space.

But…that was then…

This is now! Organized Table Linens and napkins!

Instead I realized that I had more linens than I had space and, therefore, needed to find some new space.

My idea was to use some of the space in the closet under the stairs to hang up my tablecloths. This freed up the drawer space for the napkins. This space under the stairs was perfect, but a spare bedroom closet or coat closet would work just as well.

We used these  support brackets and a flagpole we already had. The brackets hold up to 125 lbs on the hanger, so I now have the capacity to add more tablecloths! 

How to Organize Table Linens

I employed the methods I used in the past of taking all the linens out of the cabinet to examine them for their condition and to decide if they were something I still wanted to use. In the process, I discarded a couple of dated runners and repaired a small tear in one of the tablecloths in the process.

I measured each of my tablecloths and runners and I created labels so that now I know exactly what I have. Then, I folded 4″ by 6″ cardstock in half, cut a little half oval at the fold, wrote down the details, and attached it a hanger. 

A little glue/tape keep the label in place.

Now all my tablecloths are organized and I can easily see what I have! 

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1 question
  • Sandy
    on Dec 26, 2020

    Where did you get the hangers to hang the tablecloths on?

    • Jacx
      on Dec 28, 2020

      I use pool noodles for mine, then I cover them w cleaner bags. Dust settling on the linens is very hard on them. You could even make bags from old sheets, on sale fabric or such if you don't like plastic bags.

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  • Dot
    on Dec 28, 2020

    Great idea. I hang table runners on a multiple-rack skirt hanger, the kind where the rod slips out of a holder at one end.

  • Carole White
    Carole White
    on Dec 29, 2020

    They look awesome and so easy to access this way! I too am slightly obsessed with linens, including blankets, throws, etc. Feeling envious, since i have no extra closet space at all to implement this idea :(

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