Tablecloths can be cut to size, making them suitable for any tables, rectangular or round. Whenever selecting a tablecloth, you must measure your table carefully so that the cloth doesn’t hang too low, or is essentially too small.
What size of Tablecloth do I need?
Table cloths are made to measure, so you will first need to have an understanding about the size of your table, as well as what type of event you’re hosting. Round tables are much easier to dress than rectangular ones, because you don’t have to worry about wrapping them around the edges.
As a rule, you’ll need your tablecloth to be at least twelve inches wider on all sides than your dinner table. This will grant you adequate fabric to drape over the edges without worrying about your guests catching it as they sit or stand up.
Depending on what sort of formal dinner party you’re hosting, you may want to choose a longer tablecloth. For less formal gatherings, a tablecloth that stops at just above the knee is enough.
When deciding on a tablecloth for rectangular tables, you will also have to consider whether it should be attached or flush with the table. Again, this decision is primarily a matter of personal taste.
Measuring for the right Tablecloth size
Tablecloth sizes are an important factor to consider when hosting a dinner party or special event. Tablecloths come in a variety of sizes, materials and colours to fit any occasion. From small round tables to large rectangular banquet tables, common and popular sizes of tablecloths are available in vinyl, oilcloth, fabric and linen.
To determine the correct size for your table, measure the length and width of your tabletop (including any overhang) for both square or rectangular tables and diameter for round tables. As a guide, the standard lengths for rectangular/square tablecloths range from 52” to 90” with widths ranging from 44”-70” depending on the style you choose. For round tables the most commonly used tablecloth size is 60″ – 72″ diameter which fits a 36″- 48″ table respectively.