What Size Tablecloth Do I Need?
We get asked this question all the time, so we’ve put together this really simple guide.
1) First, measure the length and width of your table. If you have a round table, just measure all the way across the top.
For example, let’s say your table is 48 in x 106 in.
The longer the drop, the more formal the look. At home, we prefer a 10 inch drop because it looks elegant and keeps it from having too much fabric on our laps. For special events like weddings, we always go to the floor.
- For standard formal dining, go with a 10 inch drop (add 20 inches to each dimension).
- For a lavish look, go with a 30 inch drop (add 60 inches to each dimension).
In our example, let’s go with a standard drop, so add 20 inches to each dimension: now you have 68 in x 126 in.
3) Find the tablecloth size that is closest to the numbers you just added.
In this case, the closest size is 70 in x 124 in.
4) Determine which shape you need: rectangular, round, square, or oval.
Following is a basic chart of standard tablecloth sizes and the table sizes they would fit:
Rectangular tablecloths (also called oblongs) fit both rectangular and oval tables.
Here’s a rectangular tablecloth on a rectangular table:
Here’s a rectangular tablecloth on an oval table:
Rounds tablecloths fit round tables.
Square tablecloths fit both square or round tables.
Here’s a square tablecloth on a square table:
Here’s a square tablecloth on a round table:
And finally, oval tablecloths (also called racetrack ovals) fit only oval tables.