What size tablecloth do you need for your table?

Posted June 20, 2012

Some helpful tips from Sferra on how to determine the correct tablecloth size for your table.

For a square or oblong table:

- Measure the length and width of the table.

- Decide on the length of the drop you prefer. The drop is the amount of fabric that hangs down from the top of the table. A typical drop ranges between 10 to 12”. If you want your tablecloth to go to the floor, then the drop would usually be 30” (a typical table height), but measure just in case.

- Add the amount of the drop multiplied by two to both the length and the width of the table.

- For example: If the table measures  42” wide x 84” long and you want a 12” drop, then the
oblong tablecloth should measure 66” (42” width + 24” total drop) x 108” (84” length + 24” total drop).
 

For a round table:

- Measure the diameter of your table.

- Decide on the length of the drop.

- Add the amount of the drop multiplied by two to the diameter of the table.

- For example: If the table measures 60” in diameter and you want it to go to the floor with a 30” drop, then the round tablecloth should measure 120” (60” diameter + 60” total drop).


Also remember to allow for shrinkage and add the appropriate amounts to your final calculations. A linen tablecloth (Bennett, Classico, Festival, French Knot) or a cotton tablecloth (Acanthus) may shrink approximately 4% to 8%. For a ringspun polyester tablecloth (Juliet, Orchard) there is no shrinkage.


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