How to Fold a Napkin into a Rectangle

If you are hosting a holiday dinner or entertaining at your home, adding cloth napkins to the table are an elegant touch. White linen napkins are perfect for most environments. They can be folded into different shapes and designs. Folding a napkin into a rectangle shape is a simple way to dress up your dinner table. It is also easy for your guests to use.

Cloth napkins are lovely on a dinner table.
  1. Place a napkin down on a hard surface. Smooth it out with your hands.
  2. Fold the napkin into quarters and then in half to form a rectangle.
  3. Smooth the edges and make sure that the sides of the napkin are aligned. There should not be any overlap from the open edges inside the napkin.

Things You Will Need

  • Cloth napkins


  • Iron the napkins if they are wrinkled.

About the Author

Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.

Photo Credits

  • White plate on linen cloth with cutlery and colourful napkin image by Sophia Winters from Fotolia.com