Restaurant Tablecloth Benefits

3 Benefits of Using Tablecloths in Your Restaurant

Opening a restaurant is an expensive endeavor, so every cost must be considered carefully, with operators analyzing what benefits each purchase will bring to the restaurant. Tablecloths are usually an optional purchase, leaving some operators unsure of whether they fit their restaurants. If you're on the fence, here are some of the advantages of using restaurant tablecloths.

Appearance

Because tablecloths cover such a wide area, they are an easy way to quickly transform the appearance of your dining room. The type of tablecloth you choose will play a large part in the appearance of your restaurant.

Not all restaurant tablecloths are meant to impart an upscale feel. Laminated fabric and vinyl tablecloths are often brightly colored, which can add a splash of color to your dining room. The most common pattern is checkered, often in red or blue, but other patterns, including florals and stripes, are also available. Using such tablecloths enables you to easily change the colorful accent, altering your dining room's appearance with minimal cost.

On a more practical note, using tablecloths is an easy and inexpensive way to cover scratches and nicks on a damaged table. Even small mars can give customers poor impressions of your business, and investing in tablecloths is far less expensive than replacing tables.

Noise Reduction

It's no secret that noise is a constant concern in the restaurant world, as it is often one of the top complaints diners have when eating out. Hard surfaces like tabletops do little to dampen sounds, instead bouncing the sound waves around, which can turn them into a cacophony. While many sound reduction solutions are utilitarian, tablecloths add soft surfaces that can help dampen the din.1

In addition to helping prevent echoes from proliferating, tablecloths can also prevent some noises from occurring in the first place. Every time a waiter or customer sets down a plate, glass, or piece of cutlery, a small amount of noise is created, and that can add up when in a full dining room. Tablecloths help mute that noise by providing a soft landing.

Perception

How a table looks can influence everything from the prices customers expect to pay to how the food tastes. Linen and cotton tablecloths are often associated with fine dining restaurants, meaning customers may expect a more upscale experience.

While tablecloths can elevate the appearance of your dining room in the eyes of your customers, they can also have a subconscious effect. The Delboeuf illusion2 describes how certain visual changes can impact the perception of size, and is often considered in restaurants in regard to plate sizes. This effect leads people to believe that portion sizes are larger when they're served on small plates.

Tablecloths come into play when they are the same color as the plates or at least of a similar hue. Most often this is seen in fine dining restaurants with white plates on white tablecloths. This similarity in color makes the border of the plate harder to see, which can actually negate the effect of the Delboeuf illusion, thereby giving you a little more freedom with both your menu and plate choices.

  1. Noise-reduction Gear that Looks Nice. Restaurant Business. Accessed May 2018.
  2. How Size and Color of Plates and Tablecloth Trick Us Into Eating Too Much. Forbes. Accessed May 2018.