As you’re searching for the right linens for your event, you’re likely to be faced with the following terms associated with renting linens for a wedding, or any event.
Also known as a table pad, liners are pieces of fabric used underneath linen, such as a tablecloth, acting as a protective layer for the table underneath the linen(s). The liner is not meant to be seen, and therefore these table pads don’t offer anything aesthetically to your design. Rather, they are used for both protection and to enhance the feel of the tabletop and linen. Liners are most commonly used under delicate or fine fabrics in order to give them a more luxurious feel.
Table runners are narrow, long fabric linens used to layer on top of tablecloths, or used on a bare table top for decorative purposes.
Primarily used to dress up a tablescape, overlays are fabric linens laid on top or over another linen, such as a tablecloth, in order to give it dimension or create a unique pattern. Usually overlay linens are shorter, or in a shape that differs from the shape of the linen it will lay on top of. Overlays can also be composed of a sheer or thin fabric – again providing dimension and depth to a tablescape.
Linen fabric tied or placed around the back end of a chair in order to enhance the aesthetic of the chair. For decorative purposes.
Chair Covers –
Made of sturdy linen, chair covers are pieces of fabric usually created to tightly fit over a chair, covering it entirely – down to the floor.
This is a term used to describe the way a fabric hangs from a table. Also referred to as a puddle, when the linen hangs long enough to touch the ground and actually “pool” at the base of the table – providing a rich, stylish and luxurious feel.