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Tablecloth Size Guide

You've seen it before: a tablecloth just a tad too short, the end encroaching upon the rest of the dinnerware. Or perhaps too long, with a puddle of material getting caught under your chair. Let us forever banish the poorly laid tablecloth! Choosing the right tablecloth size, can make all the difference between enjoying a table that looks and feels right to one that doesn't. Read on to learn about different table types, how to measure, and what look for when shopping for a tablecloth.

Published March 3, 2014 | By | Share
Shape

The first step in choosing the perfect tablecloth is to align it with the shape of your table. Most common are: oval, round, oblong, and square.

Size

Next, use a measuring tape to determine the length and width. If your table is round, measure the diameter, or length from end to end. Write down the figure in inches on a slip of paper and keep it handy when shopping – you might think you'll remember, but it's always best to double check. See the chart below to quickly gauge the size that's best for your table. Use it as a reference, substituting the true dimensions of your table.

Tablecloth Size Chart
Shape Types Table Size Tablecloth Size Seating
Oval 36” x 60” to 48” x 72” 60” x 84” 6-8
36” x 80” to 48” x 92” 60” x 104” 8-10
Round (Floor Length) 36” 96” 4
48” 108” 4-6
54” 114” 6-8
60” 120” 8-10
72” 132” 10-12
Oblong 28” x 46” to 40” x 58” 52” x 70” 4-6
36” x 60” to 48” x 72” 60” x 64” 6-8
36” x 80” to 48” x 92” 60” x 104” 8-10
36” x 96” to 48” x 108” 60” x 120” 10-12
36” x 124” to 48” x 126” 60” x 144” 14-16
Square 24” x 24” 41” x 41” 2-4
28” x 28” 45” x 45” 4
30” x 30” 52” x 52” 4
42” x 42” 61” x 61” 4-6
48” x 48” 71” x 71” 6-8
Banquet Style 30” x 48” 52” x 69” 4-6
30” x 72” 52” x 92” 6-8
Circular 60” x 72” 85” x 85” 8-10

When you receive your new tablecloth, drape it on your table and measure the overhang. A properly fitted one shouldn't have more than a 6- to 12-inch drop on any side.

A few measurements and planning are well worth the time when shopping for a tablecloth, and they'll lay the foundation for a well-dressed table.

12-inch Tablecloth Drop