Restaurant Table Sizes

Explore the different table sizes to find the best tablecloth for your space.

Choosing the right linens for restaurant table sizes

Step into a world where every detail matters, and the ambiance of your restaurant is meticulously curated. At Bergen Linen, we understand that the right linen can transform a dining space, elevating it from ordinary to extraordinary. This page is your guide to mastering the art of selecting the perfect linens for your dining tables.

From understanding common table sizes to exploring custom solutions, we’re here to ensure that your dining area radiates your unique vision, type of restaurant, and brand.

Common Restaurant Table Sizes

Restaurant tables come in an array of shapes and sizes so there is no one size fits all. Also, each establishment has its own preference of full drop or half drop. Understanding the standard dimensions of tables is crucial when selecting the perfect linen to compliment your restaurant’s aesthetic. Here’s a general guide to table linen sizes, but you are always welcome to call or email for a proper complimentary consultation.
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1. Round Tables

Common sizes: Round tables are great for fostering conversation among diners. Common sizes include 30 inches for intimate settings, 48 inches for small groups, and 60 inches for larger gatherings. (For larger gatherings, there are additional round table sizes available.)

2. Rectangular Tables

Common Sizes: Another popular table shape is the rectangle. Standard dimensions range from 24 inches for compact settings, 36 inches for small groups, up to 72 inches or more for larger gatherings.

3. Square Tables

Common Sizes: Square tables bring a contemporary touch to restaurant layouts. Common sizes include 24 inches for cozy corners, 36 inches for small group settings, and 48 inches for larger parties. Some restaurants only offer square tables, but they will use several in a row to add additional seating capacity.

Understanding the standard sizes of these common restaurant and banquet halls’ tables serves as the foundation for selecting linens. Take into consideration your seating capacity, seating layout (actual floor space) and visit our page on how to measure for additional guidance.

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Choosing the Right Table Linen Size

Explore some tips to help guide you in choosing the perfect linen size for your restaurant tables:

1. Measure Tables Accurately:

Begin by measuring the dimensions of your restaurant tables accurately. Take into account the length, width, and height, as well as any unique features such as beveled edges or extensions.

2. Consider Table Shape:

Different table shapes require different linen sizes. For round tables, the linen should hang evenly around the edges, while rectangular and square tables benefit from a slight overhang to create an elegant look.

3. Drape Length Matters:

Pay attention to the desired draping (or drop) length. The standard practice is to allow the linen to hang approximately 10 to 12 inches over the edges of the table. This creates a sophisticated and polished appearance without being overly cumbersome. Some venues prefer a full drape or drop.

4. Coordinate with Restaurant Style:

Align your linen choices with the overall style and theme of your restaurant including your place setting, centerpiece, lighting, etc. Crisp, neatly tailored linens may suit a formal dining setting, while more relaxed or eclectic styles may call for a different approach.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can navigate the process of choosing the right table linen size with confidence, ensuring that your restaurant’s dining area is not only functional but also welcoming to guests.

Your Guide to Restaurant Table Sizes

Bergen Linen is a trusted linen sales and rental provider for the New York and New Jersey area. Restaurants, country clubs, caterers, DIY party planners and event designers are welcome to our linen services.


Bergen Linen provides linens for different restaurants and catering venues. Therefore, we do not have one specific standard linen. When choosing the right tablecloth, it is important to keep in mind the table size and type of preferred drop. We encourage all prospective clients to have a team member visit for a no-pressure evaluation. After measuring your table, we can provide a quote dependent on your drop preference. Request a quote today.
One size rarely fits all. And this is especially when it comes to table linen rentals. If your tables are extra-long or a unique shape, you should consider a visit from one of our team members. We’ll be able to provide the best suitable option and quote so you can make an informed decision.
Every restaurant has their own unique needs. If you prefer to mix and match your table linens (and/or napkins), we will be happy to accommodate your needs. Please feel free to call (800) 789-8115 today.

Nobody likes an uncomfortable dining experience. The amount of space between guests is dependent on the type of cuisine, type of restaurant, restaurant owner’s preference, etc.  However, a common guideline in the hospitality industry is to provide around 24 inches to 30 inches of space per guest. This allows some elbow room and ease in moving in and out of the restaurant chair.

Here’s a general breakdown of industry standards:

  • Fine Dining Restaurants – Around 30 inches per guest is desirable.
  • Casual Dining Restaurants – Around 24-30 inches per guest is adequate.
  • Fast-Casual or Cafés – Around 24 inches is sufficient for compact dining establishments.
Most restaurant tables are 30″ in height. Of course, there are exceptions such as bar height tables, counter height seating, bar tables, and more. When purchasing tables for your dining establishment, a good rule of thumb is to lean into restaurant industry standards.