Tablecloths can be practical or elegant and can set the tone for your table. Different shapes, sizes and colours are designed to meet individual needs. To select a tablecloth, you must know the shape and size of your table and become familiar with the various fabrics available. The size table linen depends on what it will be used for and your own preference. Rely on your own measurements rather than tag information when purchasing table linens.
If the table is to be used for dining, determine the drop you will want from the top of the table down. Most people prefer a drop of about 8 to 12 inches. After deciding on the length of the drop, measure the length and width of the table, multiply the drop by 2 and add the result to determine the size needed for your tablecloth. The standard size tablecloth for a square table is 52x52 inches and fits a table that measures 25x28x40x40 inches. This table will seat four.
Rectangular tables are sometimes used for formal dining because they can seat six or more people. A standard drop is 8 to 12 inches, but a more dramatic look requires a drop of 30 inches on each side. To determine the size you need, measure the length and width, and add in the desired drop multiplied by 2. The standard tablecloth size for a rectangular table is 52x70 inches, which fits a table that measures 28x46 inches up to 60x84 inches and fits a table that is 48x72 inches.
A table that is long with curved sides and rounded at the ends is an oval. An oval table can be made from a round one by adding one or two leaves. If you cannot find an oval tablecloth, use a rectangular one. A standard oval tablecloth measures 60x102 inches and fits a table measuring 36x74 inches up to 48x90 inches. This table will seat 8 to 10 people. A larger standard oval tablecloth size is 60x120 inches for tables that measure 36x94 inches up to 48x104 inches and can seat 10 to 12 people. The largest standard oval size is 60x144 inches, which fits tables 36x118 inches up to 48x130 inches and will seat 12 to 14 people.
Round tables can be used as they are or can be lengthened with the addition of leaves to become an oval. The size of a round table is based on diameter. There are two standard sizes for round tables. The 70-inch size will fit a table that measures 44x60 inches in diameter and will seat four to six people. The 90-inch size fits tables 60 to 78 inches in diameter and seats six to eight people.