Choosing the Correct Tablecloth Size
How to choose the correct tablecloth size can be a little stressful. Have you ever asked yourself “what size tablecloth do I need for my table”? This is a common question since most of us don’t remember our dining room table dimensions.
Picture yourself at the store and you find a cute/beautiful tablecloth.
You panic a little because you aren’t sure if the one you buy will be too big, or too small.
This fear can sometimes prevent you from buying that perfect tablecloth. Luckily, many manufacturers are adding table sizes and images to the back of their packaging to make it a little easier. Note that the dimensions they list represent the table size, not the size of the tablecloth.
The main thing you need to remember is how many people will comfortably sit around your table. That will make it easier to choose the correct tablecloth size for your dining table.
Square or Round Tablecloth Sizes
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If you have a square or round table, it is a little easier, as stores tend to provide only one or two tablecloth options. Typically, a tablecloth will fit a table 48in (seats 4) or 60 in (seats 6). If you have a larger table, measure the width of the table, as you will probably need to look online.
Rectangle Tablecloth Sizes
When choosing the correct tablecloth size it gets a little tougher with rectangular tables, as there are often three different size options.
Here are the standard rectangle tablecloth sizes:
- 6 people seat comfortably = 6 feet (72in) table
- 8 people seat comfortably = 8 feet (96in) table
- 10 people seat comfortably = 10 feet (120in) table
When in doubt, go with the larger size. It will just drape down further on the sides of the table, which isn’t bad.
If your table extends longer than the standard dining room table, measure the length of the table, and add 18 inches. This is the tablecloth length you want, as it will cover the table, and allow for a 9-inch drop (the amount of material that hangs over the table edge) on each end. If you are wanting a more formal look, increase it to 30 inches for a 15-inch drop on the ends.
If you accidentally purchase a tablecloth that is too short to drape over the sides of your table, don’t fret, you can still use it. Layer it with a larger tablecloth, or angle it to provide a unique visual look. The effect can be pretty neat and will create a different look for your tablescape.
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