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How to Choose the Right Tablecloth Sizes for Event Tables

December 26, 2017
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One of the most important deciding factors in table linen will be size considerations. You need to know the table sizes you will have at the event and determine the cloth size based on them.

Luckily, determining the correct length of your tablecloths is just a simple equation.

How to Measure Your Table

How to measure square / rectangular tables

  1. First, measure the length and width of your table.
  2. Next, add twice the desired drop to each side’s dimension.

Example: 6' foot (72" length x 30" height and width) rectangular table would require a 90"x132" tablecloth.

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How to measure round tables

  1. First, measure the diameter of your table.
  2. Next, add twice the desired drop.

Example: 60 inch round table with 30 inch desired drop on each side, would need a 120" round tablecloth.

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Here is a guide to help you select the right size for your table linen.

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Tablecloth Sizes for Round Tables

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For round tables that seat two to 12 people, follow these size guidelines:

Most common

  • 72” table - Use either a 132” round tablecloth that hangs to the floor or a 90” square tablecloth over round linen.
  • 60” table - Use either a 120” round tablecloth that reaches the floor, or a 90” square tablecloth over a round tablecloth.
  • 48” table - Use either a 108” round tablecloth that touches the floor, or a 54” square tablecloth that sits over a round tablecloth.

Cabs

  • 30” table - Use a 90” round tablecloth that touches the floor.
  • 36” table - For these tables, use either a 96” round tablecloth that reaches the floor, or a 120” round tablecloth with table cuff or tie.

Additional sizes

  • 42” table - These tables work with 108” round tablecloths that puddles 3” long to the floor.
  • 54” table - You can use a 120” round tablecloth that puddles 3” on the floor.
  • 66” table - You can use a 132” round tablecloth that puddles 3” on the floor.
  • 90”-96” table - You can use either four 132” round tablecloth overlaps to cover to the floor with a custom fit, or a 132” round tablecloth that sits over a round linen.

Sizes of Tablecloths for Banquet Tables

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Here are the sizes of tablecloths you’ll need for banquet tables, which seat between four to eight people:

Common Buffets / Rectangular Tables

  • 6’ (72”x30”) table - Use a 90”x132” tablecloth that hangs to the floor or a 90”x156” tablecloth that you will need to tuck under on the narrow ends.
  • 8’ (96”x30”) table - Tablecloths will need to be a 90”x156 tablecloth that hangs to the floor.

King Table

  • 8’x48” table - These tables need either a 108”x156” tablecloth that touches the floor on all sides, or two 90"x156” overlapped tablecloths.

Other

  • 5’ (60”x30”) table - These tables will require a tablecloth that’s 90”x132”, with the sides on the narrow end of the table tucked under the table or a 120” round and customized front to back.

Highboy Tablecloth Sizes

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These are smaller tables, with a standard height of 42”, that will seat two to four people, with tablecloth sizes including:

  • 30” round table - Use a 120” round tablecloth that puddles 3” on the floor, a 132” round tablecloth tied off with a chair tie or table cuff or sheath wrap over the bottom half of the cloth, a 54” square drape over the top paired with a sheath, an elastic cap paired with a sheath, or a sheath hung straight or twisted.
  • 36” round table – Use a 120” round tablecloth that touches the floor, a 132” round tablecloth tied off with a chair tie or table cuff, a 54” square drape over the top paired with a sheath, an elastic cap paired with a sheath, or a sheath hung straight or twisted.

Tablecloth Sizes for Square Tables

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Square tables vary largely in size, typically seating anywhere from four to 12 people.

Sizes for square tables are as follows: 

  • 36” table - The tablecloth for a 36” square table will need to be 96” round that only touches the floor on the center sides and scalloped on the corners, 108”-132” round with a custom fit, or 90” square and custom fit.
  • 48” table - Tablecloths for 48” square tables will need to be either 108” round that only touches the floor on the center sides and scalloped on the corners, or 120”-132” round and customized to fit.
  • 60” table - Tablecloths will need to be 120” square and to the floor, two 90”x132” banquet tablecloths long on two ends, 132” round with a custom fit, or 90” square and used with an undercloth.
  • 60”x72” table - Tablecloths need to be 132” that only touches the floor on the center sides and scalloped on the corners, 132” square with a custom fit or two 90”x132” banquet tablecloths that overlap until the linen hits the floor on all sides.
  • 72” table - These will require tablecloths that are 142” square and touching the floor, two 132” round tablecloths touching the floor on two sides or two 90”x132” banquet tablecloths overlapping until the linen touches the floor on all sides.

Half Round Tablecloth Sizes

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Half round tables will seat between four and seven people, and the tablecloth sizes are as follows:

  • 60” table - Fit these tables with either a 120” -132” custom-fit round tablecloth, or a 90” square tablecloth that sits over a round tablecloth.
  • 72” table - Fit these tables with a 132” custom-fit round tablecloth, or a 90” square tablecloth that sits over a round tablecloth.
  • 90”-96” table - Cover with either a 120”-132” round tablecloth over a round linen or skirting, or a 108” round tablecloth over round linen.

Sizes of Tablecloths for Serpentine Tables

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Sizes of tablecloths for serpentine tables will include:

  • 5’-6’ table - Cover with a 132” round tablecloth that’s customized to fit, a 90” square tablecloth over a round linen, a 72”x120” tablecloth over round linen, a 120”-132” round tablecloth over round linen, or a custom-fit 90”x156” banquet tablecloth.
  • 7’-8’ table - You can use two 132” round custom-fit tablecloths, two 90” square tablecloths over round linen or skirting, a 120”-132” round tablecloth over round linen, or two 90”x156” custom-pleated banquet tablecloths.
  • 9’-10’ table - You can use two 132” round custom-fit tablecloths, two 90” square tablecloths over round linen, or a 120”-132” round tablecloth over round linen.
  • 12’ table - Tablecloth sizes for a 12’ table will include two 132” round custom-fit tablecloths, two 90” square tablecloths over round linen, two 72”x120” banquet tablecloths over round linen, or two 120”-132” round tablecloths over round linen.

Keep in mind that for all of these tables, you may need to check with your table supplier to get the accurate dimensions before selecting a tablecloth.

For a selection of some of the most stylish and appealing tablecloths with many unique designs, turn to BBJ Linen for a wide range of options.

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