How to Measure for a Tablecloth

Wondering how to measure for a tablecloth?

Are you planning a special event or working in the hospitality industry? If so, one of the most overlooked details that can enhance the look and feel of your event is the table linens.

Our wide variety of table linen rentals can transform any table and add a touch of elegance to your event. To ensure you select the correct table linens, it is crucial to accurately measure your tables. The experts at Bergen Linen are happy to share this detailed guide. (See our tablecloth size chart as well.)

Measuring your tables may seem like a simple task, but it is an important step. Guarantee your tablecloth fits correctly every time.

What Are Standard Sizes?

Fortunately and unfortunately, there are a variety of table sizes and shapes available. So choosing the perfect size tablecloth can be a daunting task. But fear not! You are in the right place.

Although standard table sizes vary, here are a few common table sizes:

  • Rectangular tables: 6-feet (72 inches) and 8-feet (96 inches) long tablecloths

  • Round: 60 inches or 72 inches in diameter

  • Square: 48 inches by 48 inches.

Let’s determine the correct tablecloth size. You will need your table dimensions and favored drop length.

And if you plan to use a table overlay, take into account how it will affect the base layer tablecloth size. Ensure that the overlay complements rather than overwhelms the main tablecloth. It is also important to your centerpieces or other table decorations. They can also impact your tablecloth size choice. Ex) Formal centerpieces look best with a longer drop.

Infographic with measurements and two tables for measuring for table linens

Measure Your Table: Step-by-Step

Bergen Linen understands the importance of getting the right fit for your tables. Here is an easy  to get accurate tablecloth measurements:

Step 1: Supplies need. Grab a measuring tape, a sheet of paper, and a pen or pencil to record your measurements. (If you are hosting an event, your venue will allow you to measure. You can also ask the Catering Manager.)

Step 2: Measure for the shape of your table. Is it round, rectangular, or square? This will help you choose the appropriate linen size.

Step 3: Measure the width. For round tables, measure the diameter by finding the distance across the middle of the table. Rectangular or square tables? Measure the width by determining the distance between the two shorter sides.

Step 4: Measure the length. (Round tables, skip this step.) For rectangular or square tables, measure the length by finding the distance between the two longer sides.

Step 5: Note down your measurements. Write down the width and length of your table on the sheet of paper.

Highboy tables will require an additional step. You need the height of cocktail tables to take into consideration. (These typically receive a floor-length drop.)

Determine Tablecloth Drop

What exactly is a tablecloth drop? The drop refers to the length of fabric that hangs down from the edge of the table. It is the part of the tablecloth that drapes over the sides, covering the legs and the table itself.

Using standard linen tablecloths, here are some considerations to keep in mind:

1. Table shape and size:

Oval or rectangular tablecloth: 12-15 inches drop is standard

Circular tablecloth: 9-12 inches drop is sufficient

Questions about inches for overhangs? Speak with a Bergen Linen team member today or consult with a professional event planner.

2. Formal settings.  Formal occasions, such as gala dinners or weddings, a floor length tablecloth creates an elegant and sophisticated look. (This drop length also works well with centerpieces and other design elements.)

On the other hand, for events like backyard parties or brunches, a shorter casual tablecloth drop that hovers just above the legs of the table might be more appropriate.

3. Practicality and functionality: While aesthetics are important, it’s also crucial to consider the practicality and functionality of your tablecloth drop. If you’re hosting a buffet-style event where guests will be seated at the table, a longer drop might get in their way. In such cases, a drop that ends just below the seat level is more advisable. Additionally, if children are attending the event, a shorter drop is recommended to prevent any accidents, pulls, or spills.

Fancy tablesetting on along banquet table.

Finding the Perfect Table Linens

Bergen Linen is your answer to event linen rentals. No party is too big or too small. Ask about party tablecloths and linen damask tablecloth. Event linen rentals include: tablecloths, runners, chair covers, sashes, and overlays. (They come in an extensive color palette!) And don’t forget matching table napkins. 

You have your base measurements. You have determined your chosen drop preference. Now, let’s browse through our current product selection of table linens. Our linens come in various sizes and colors to match your unique style and event theme. With our linen rentals, elevate your event and impress your guests. We hope you have found our how to measure for a tablecloth article helpful.