Oh how I wish that we still gathered together for dinner in the dining room every evening, Downton Abbey style…
Complete with footmen, silver trays, candelabras, stemware, silverware, cloth napkins…a sideboard filled with all the necessary accoutrements.
But, we don’t. At least, not in the Hines house. Most of the time, our dining room serves as a study/office, but I still like to have certain things close by, ready for entertaining.
7 Ideas for Cloth Napkin Storage
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So, when I was reorganizing the kitchen, I moved the cloth napkin storage to the dining room, since that is where we use them.
Then, I got my chance to live out my Downton Abbey fantasy…
I set out the place mats then disappeared into the kitchen to wrap up dinner preparations. People started fixing their plates and making their way into the dining room when I remembered the napkins…
“You can use the napki….,” I started to announce, but stopped abruptly when I saw someone had put paper napkins at each place setting.
There went my fantasy.
What I was going to say, feeling so proud of myself for my clever cloth napkin storage, was that they could use the napkins in the bowl on the bookcase.
The ones that go with the place mats that were already on the table.
But, in the end it didn’t matter. People gathered and ate and went for seconds. Then, we enjoyed dessert out on the front porch.
As I sat with my family, I felt grateful for front porches and rocking chairs, blueberry cobbler and warm Spring nights…and dining Southern style.
Now, if you don’t happen to have a bookcase in your dining room, you could also store your cloth napkins in:
- the linen closet
- a kitchen cabinet or drawer
- in a basket designated for linens stored in the laundry room
- in a buffet or sideboard drawer
- in a storage basket above the kitchen cabinets or on top of the refrigerator
- in your pantry
It may require some rearranging or editing to find a place to store your cloth napkins. Whatever you decide, make sure it works for your space and lifestyle.
Where to get cloth napkins
I typically buy my cloth napkins at TJ Maxx or World Market. And I tend to go for all white for versatility. But, you could try Etsy for vintage or handmade cloth napkins.
- This shop has some really cute boho chic napkins
- Here are some cute farmhouse style ones.
- That same shop makes bulk family pack napkin sets.
- Linen Home Decor sells lovely linen napkins in on trend decorator colors.
- And if you want to get fancy, get you some white monogrammed napkins.
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I’m so excited for you to dive into the world of cloth napkins. It’s the subtle details that have a way of making the ordinary extraordinary, and I’m so here for it.
And since you’re invested in making your house a home, I think you’ll enjoy my book, Home on Purpose: Mindful Living in a Hectic World.