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Choosing the Right Tablecloth Size

May 16, 2017

Choosing the Right Tablecloth Size for Round and Rectangular Tables

Tablecloths provide you with a convenient way to dress up your space with ease. They often are considered to be a hallmark of the perfect table design as they serve as a decorative foundation for the rest of your tabletop decor. While your primary interest may be focused on selecting the right color and material to use for your table covering needs, you may first need to determine which tablecloth size you need to order for your special event.

These tips will guide you into ordering the perfect tablecloth size for all of your events!

Step 1: Measure Your Table

Before you begin looking at our wide selection of tablecloths, you should first measure your table. If you have a square or rectangular table, measure the entire length and width of the table from end to end. Write down the measurements so that you have these figures on hand when you make your purchase.

If you have a round table table find the center of the table and measure the radius of the table from the center point to the edge of the table. Multiple this figure by two to determine the total width of the table.

If you plan to string multiple smaller tables together to create the illusion of longer tables, it may be helpful to draw a diagram of the table dimensions before ordering tablecloths.

Step 2: Pay Attention to the Drop Length

Your measurements will tell you what tablecloth size you need to order to cover the surface of your table, but you need the tablecloth to hang below the edge of the table as well. It is customary for casual dining areas to have a drop length of 8″ to 15″ from the edge of the table. For formal events, it is customary to have a drop length of 15″ or touching the floor.

Think about how casual or formal your event is when making this decision. For example, a banquet hall wedding reception will call for a floor-length tablecloth, but a backyard BBQ wedding will call for a half-drop. Because the drop length will hang below all edges of the table, it is necessary to multiply the desired drop length by two and to add it to your table measurements for both length and width.

By doing so, you will arrive at the total dimensions for a desired tablecloth!

Step 3: Dress Up Your Table

A tablecloth adds beautiful charm and style to your table, but it’s often only the starting point for decorating your space. Many people will also purchase table runners to place on top of tablecloths. Runners can look odd and out of place if they hang below the edges of the tablecloth, so keep in mind your overall tablecloth drop when purchasing. You can also add table overlay toppers and centerpieces to dress up the space instead. Your place settings and other items to complete the look of your tables can include napkins, napkin rings, silk flowers, and centerpiece lighting. Your table dimensions are also important when selecting place mats and other features to add to your tables.

Your table designs will be a hallmark or focal point of your event. They will dictate the overall ambiance in your space, and the tablecloth is the starting point of any beautiful table design!

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Need Help?

We understand that sometimes this information can seem overwhelming. Our friendly and informative customer support team can help! Give us a call at (512) 821-1178 or email us at info@cvlinens.com to get help with sizing our tablecloths to fit your venues specifications.

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