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Standard Tablecloth Sizes: A Guide

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There are many ways that a restaurant’s appearance can go wrong but the one mistake you should absolutely not make – for the simple reason that committing this mistake reflects poor taste and neglect on your end – is using the wrong size of tablecloth for your restaurant’s tables.

Put one on too big and it looks messy, not to mention the tripping hazard it creates; put one on several sizes too small and everything will just look undone. Either way, not knowing how to work around standard tablecloth sizes for your restaurant tables will leave your business looking less professional and more haphazard. That’s not how you want your business to be remembered.

But what are the standard tablecloth sizes and which ones suit which sizes of tables? This handy tablecloth size guide will walk you through the basics.

Breaking Down Standard Tablecloth Sizes

Unless you are having your tablecloths custom-made to match your tables, you’ll have to work with the standard tablecloth sizes available in most service providers and stores. The good news is, most of the store-bought tablecloth sizes are designed to cover multiple sizes of tables.

There are four basic sizes available in stores to choose from: square, round, oval, and rectangular. Additionally, there are also banquet tables that need specific sizes.

Square

Tablecloth size:

  •  41 in. x 41 in. – best for 24 in. x 24 in. table (seats 2 to 4)
  •  45 in. x 45 in. – best for 28 in. x 28 in. table (seats 4)
  •  52 in. x 52 in. – best for 30 in. x 30 in. table (seats 4)
  •  61 in. x 61 in. – best for 42 in. x 42 in. table (seats 4 to 6)
  •  71 in. x 71 in. – best for 48 in. x 48 in. table (seats 6 to 8)

Round (Regular Length)

Tablecloth size:

  •  60 in. – best for 38 in. to 44 in. diameter table (seats 4)
  •  70 in. – best for 46 in. to 58 in. diameter table (seats 4 to 6)
  •  90 in. – best for 60 in. to 78 in. diameter table (seats 6 to 8)

Round (Floor-Length)

Tablecloth size:

  •  96 in. – best for 36 in. diameter table (seats 4)
  •  108 in. – best for 48 in. diameter table (seats 4 to 6)
  •  114 in. – best for 54 in. diameter table (seats 6 to 8)
  •  120 in. – best for 60 in. diameter table (seats 8 to 10)
  •  132 in. – best for 72 in. diameter table (seats 10 to 12)

Oval

Tablecloth size:

  •  60 in. x 84 in. – best for (36 in. x 60 in.) to (48 in. x 72 in.) table (seats 6 to 8)
  •  60 in. x 102 in. – best for (36 in. x 74 in.) to (48 in. x 90 in.) table (seats 8 to 10)
  •  60 in. x 104 in. – best for (36 in. x 80 in.) to (48 in. x 92 in.) table (seats 8 to 10)

Rectangular/Oval

Tablecloth size:

  •  52 in. x 70 in. – best for (28 in. x 46 in.) to (40 in. x 58 in.) table (seats 4 to 6)
  •  60 in. x 64 in. – best for (36 in. x 60 in.) to (48 in. x 72 in.) table (seats 6 to 8)
  •  60 in. x 104 in. – best for (36 in. x 80 in.) to (48 in. x 92 in.) table (seats 8 to 10)
  •  60 in. x 120 in. – best for (36 in. x 96 in.) to (48 in. x 108 in.) table (seats 10 to 12)
  •  60 in. x 144 in. – best for (36 in. x 124 in.) to (48 in. x 126 in.) table (seats 14 to 16)

Banquet

Tablecloth size:

  •  52 in. x 69 in. – best for 30 in. by 48 in. table (seats 4 to 6)
  •  52 in. x 92 in. – best for 30 in. by 72 in. table (seats 6 to 8)

Standard Tablecloth Sizes: Tips and Tricks

On top of getting the tablecloth size that works best for your table size, there are other things to consider when making your tablecloth purchase. Here are some of them:

  1. Measure properly. The most accurate way to get the right size of tablecloth is to measure your tables as accurately as possible. For square and rectangular tables, take the measurements from edge to edge. For rounded tables, its diameter is the length of its widest point-to-point edge.
  2. Consider the drop. The drop refers to the amount of tablecloth overhang on the sides of your tables. The longer the drop, the more formal your table’s appearance becomes. Formal dining tables ideally has a 15-inch overhang while casual table settings can go with at least 6 up to 10 inches overhang on the side. Include these numbers when measuring your tablecloth size. To measure the overhang, double the desired drop measurement then add it to the dimension of your table. For example, if you’re going for a 10-inch drop, add 20 inches to your table’s length (if square or rectangular) or diameter (if table is round).

Most importantly, only go for high-quality tablecloths to ensure excellent fit and appearance. For the best in restaurant-quality linens, CTC remains your best option. Contact us today at 800-926-5646.

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