When you start a decorating or draping company.. its very easy to expand your product lists and add on table linens to your package. It’s easier to rent them, but you will make a little more profit my owning them yourself. But you will soon come to hate them if you are the only one having to wash, dry and iron them. And if you don’t want to do that, but hire someone else to wash, dry and iron or take them to a dry cleaners.. by the time you pay someone to do that, you hardly make profit.. sooooo here’s a few of my tips for the linens that I use that I can actually wash and dry myself and no ironing is needed. Thus providing a product with good profit and not a lot of work for taking care of them.
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Non-Wrinkle Scuba Fabric Material
This is truly a non-wrinkle type fabric! One of the rustic locations I decorate quite a lot had told us they wanted to start doing all the linen rentals and chair covers through us, but they didn’t have a lot of clients that liked the shiny iridescent or pintuck that I normally prefer, they wanted a simple sand color and white color poly linen. But no way did I want to do the standard polyester linens, I knew the difficulty in washing, drying and ironing those.. so I started searching for a different type of linen that was truly non-wrinkle and I found one!!
The non-wrinkle linen cost wholesale $22 per linen for a 120″ round linen. But remember here they dont make them until you order them. You can only order Table Linens in sets of 5 and Chair Ties in sets of 100. So keep that in mind when you are charging your client. I actually include these in my packages for $22 each. So therefor the first time is purchase and then every time after that is profit and still a little bit of wiggle room for me to hire someone to wash and dry these.
Now here is the tip on how to take care of them: I didn’t pay attention the first time I washed these and ruined a couple of them. You CANNOT dry them with HOT heat. At the laundry mat some of those large commercial dryers get super hot.. and if you put them right in from the washer on hot.. it actually MAKES wrinkles that you cannot.. never remove.. only by ironing. SO please read this part.. I wash them on cold or warm water.. I also use that spot cleaner from the earlier post I did, only on the food areas. I use a soft brush, not stiff bristly or it can snag the fabric.. So I wash and then put them on the dryer on the lowest heat cycle on home dryers thats normally delicate or low heat cycle.. at the laundry mat its normally a delicate cycle. I let it go through the whole drying process and then reset it again and I take out 1 linen and let the rest continue to tumble on low heat.. this keeps any soft wrinkles from setting in.. and then I grab the linen in the center (like where the centerpiece would be if its on a table.. I fold it from side to side like a pie slice. and then after folding I think, 3 or 4 times I hang it on a skirt hanger.. Tableskirt hangers are important to use because the are much more stable and thicker than a normal hanger and will keep it laying flat. Then hang that one up. I hang 120″ round linens just like that, I fold my 108″ linens the same way except inside out, I only purchase 90X152 Rectangles So they always are long enough.. I can hide the ends under if they are too long.. I only get squared corners so that way when I hang it, its in a long skinny rectangle that I fold over the hanger.. So therefore I dont have to label them (They do come with a tag on the inside with what size the linen is) I dont have to search the tag inside the folded linen to see what it is.. since I only do those sizes, I automatically know its that size. Now some linens are special ordered for the 132″ round.. if my first initial purchase is the 132″ then I fold that one like my 120″ and I know it will be big enough.. ]
Pintuck Linens are another linen I love to use, has texture but still simple and fancy. The color above is called Violet.
Tips on the Pintuck: I recently ordered these Ice blue pintuck linens for a baby shower event I had (above), and these were the first time I had used them from the same company as the wrinkle free linens and to my surprise the seam was right on top of the table, Most clients don’t mind, but it totally messed with OCDness.. I called a couple other companies I knew made the pintuck linens and they all said the same thing.. the pintuck fabric comes in 58″ wide fabric so no matter how you cut it there will be a seam on top of the table. I have a wedding coming up that we did a soft lavender pintuck so I was asking this company if they could match the seams, so it doesnt have a large obvious seam across the top middle. And yes they can but it costs an additional $10 per linen to do so.. so my $24 108X108 square overly is now a $34 per linen square overlay.. which is not really cheap.. I have not recvd these in yet, as they are currently working on them.. but my hope is that I don’t have obvious seams.. so fingers crossed on that one. But if you have issues with top seams.. that is something to be aware of!
The reason I like the pintuck linens, is because its made out of the taffeta fabric and if you are careful when you are drying them.. while they are still hot (I dry these on medium heat) you can fold and hang and I don’t really ever need to iron.
There are actually 3 companies that sell these that I use. It really just depends on the color I’m needing. One of the companies sells the 120″ for $18.99 each and the seams are at the bottoms, I never have an issue with the seams.. BUT they do come in extremely wrinkled.. So I save some money but I have to throw them in the washer and do the dryer thing for them to look good for the wedding.
Company B and C: Charges approx $23 for the round ones BUT you may have top seams that you have to pay them additional to sew differently so the price difference may actually be quite a bit.. .. If I was you, I would order a sample linen (sometimes they cost more), but you’ll see exactly what it will look like and there will not be any surprises. The above Indian baby shower actually booked 2 weeks before the event, so I did not have time to wait for a sample. But normally when a client signs on with us, I will use a portion of their sign on monies to actually set up a full table setup, flowers, candles and everything for them to view… and this also helps me to not have any surprises, to count exactly how many flowers will be needed.. etc etc.. I found it to benefit me and the client..
Another linen that works the same way BUT the seams ARE hidden is the scrunch linen. Also made with the taffeta material. And non ironing necessary. Its the same width as the pintuck linen but because its got a scrunchy texture the seams are “hidden” in the scrunches. I love my black ones in these.. Whats picture below is the silver
Most linen companies sell these also they just call them by different names and they all have different colors available. They are a little bit more expensive than the pintuck linens cost.
This is another linen that I love! 2 of the companies below does make them.. but be extra careful when you watch the names of these.. cause all the companies call them something different.
I wasnt paying attention and called over the phone to rent the champagne iridescent (this is before I owned by own). Now one company had the champagne iridescent and it looked.. well.. like a bubble champagne color.. but when they arrived.. I didnt open the box till we got to the wedding and they were like charcoal grey with a gold overtone! I freaked out, my husband was willing to drive 15 hours straight to go to the company and get the right color.. but I set it up and let the bride see it and told her if she didnt like it we would try to drive to the company to pick up the right color for the wedding.. Thankfully she oked it.. but boy that was a learning experience for me!
This was the color I thought I was ordering: Which is actually called “Camel” with this company
And this is what I ordered Which they call “Champagne”
There are some gorgeous shades in the iridescent line, They are expensive but worth it.. My Champagne (Camel), Black, Bronze, Sage Green, Orange, Clare and the Turquoise.. those are my absolute favorites in some of the weddings that I have them at. A lot of time when the bride would come in and say I want white linens with lots of candlelight.. I would say do you want everything white or would you be willing to see a candlelight table with white chair covers.. the iridescent of this particular linen just reflects the light all around.. This one is my very very top favorite linen I use.. And you do this one the same way.. wash on medium or cold water, dry on low heat and hang will still tumbling.. You cant iron this one, or all the textures just melt away.. but if you let sit in your dryer or dry on super high heat and then let sit it will add another “wrong” kind of wrinkle.
Oh My if I could do all the tables with these linens I would! But I charge $100 per linen for these.. because I will only hand wash or spot clean them. No washer and dryer for these. So I recommend using these for maybe the head table linens, an entry table or favor table linen.. Its really hard to capture in a picture the fabulousness of this linen..how the light catches this fabric is pretty awesome. Whats picture above and below is the color Blush.
I’ve included below where to order these from.. all 3 table linen companies I use do offer these by different names and colors at each company. Actually it depends on which company has the color I need to where I order them from. If you client wants a touch of glitz instead of the whole linen. We did a Rustic Christmas party where we did just the runners and the chair bands.. and it was just enough glitter for those that want just a touch of it.
Speaking of Runners:
Valentina Lace Runner
Extremely hard to capture this one in a picture also.. But when I had a bride ask for lace runners.. I did NOT want the traditional 70’s type of lace.. I wanted something that was “more” and upscale.. so I took a chance on these.. and boy was I pleased.. they actually have a touch of sequins in them.. so they have a little sparkle that make these go WOW! I’ve included where to get those below also. I charge $20 per each of these and they cost $16 wholesale each for the 14″x108″.. these have to be hand washed too so charge your clients with keeping that in mind.
All of these companies I’ve listed below have a lot of awesome linens.. and really its just up to you what you want to purchase and what your clients are looking for. If you think that particular color is going to be one you will use a lot more, I say buy it! But if its a unique pattern or different color scheme you may want to rent instead of buying. Remember whatever you buy you are going to have to wash and dry (and iron if needed) but after you do that you also need in your storage space an area to hang them. If your putting them in outside storage I would recommend getting dry cleaner bags to put around them. I once lost about 10 linens in my storage shed that didnt have a plastic covering and I didn’t know it but wasps actually got in cause I did not spray around that storage shed, and they actually attached little wasp nests to my linens.. again.. another lesson learned. So just take a few seconds when you are selling these to your clients.. If it will benefit you to purchase or to rent.
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Thanks for reading!!! I will have a few of these linens at the workshop coming up in April so you will actually get to see these linens in person!
The next linen blog coming up, we will talk about cake table linens, head table and sweetheart table linens. I’ll show you where to get the custom made linens and how to order them.
Have a great week!