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HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT TABLECLOTH SIZE FOR YOUR TABLE

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT TABLECLOTH SIZE FOR YOUR TABLE
05 October 2017

A dining table is everything in the home. It’s a place where we gather with loved ones to feast and converse over, some of us build successful businesses from the dining table while many of us mechanically stockpile all sorts of household objects on theirs.

So whether you’re planning to make a jaw-dropping visual statement or you’re simply needing some serious armour, knowing what tablecloth size is best for a specific dining table is a question we’re regularly asked here at Linen House.

It’s a perfectly reasonable question with some very simple yet specific answers, so we thought it best to share this resourceful advice with you.



What tablecloth size is best for my table?

There are two considerations when choosing a tablecloth for your dining table: the overall aesthetic and the size and shape of your dining table.


One | Tablecloth Drop Style
Before your entire colour, texture and décor choices are made, it’s important to establish the drop of your tablecloth.

The drop refers to the distance from your tabletop to the bottom of your tablecloth linen.

The length of this drop can actually determine just how extravagant or how casual your overall aesthetic will appear, so we’ve listed three tablecloth drop styles to consider before measuring or deciding on your final aesthetic.


Two | Table Size + Size
Is your table rectangle, square or circle in shape? How does it measure?

We’ll explain how to effortlessly calculate your desired tablecloth size further below.



The Half Drop
If you’re after a casual style for a lighthearted gathering, we recommend your tablecloth drops down evenly around the table anywhere between 25cm to 30cm (or 15cm to 20cm for a picnic table).


The Full Drop
For a fine-dining feel, we recommend your tablecloth drops down all the way to the floor, which can measure anywhere between 40cm to 75cm.


The Puddle Drop
For an enormously lavish style, arrange your tablecloth beyond the full drop length recommendations above to create a puddle effect on the floor.


Homebase Tip: for the puddle drop, choose a tablecloth one size larger than the full drop size for your table.



How do I calculate my desired tablecloth size?

Rectangle Table
Measure the length and the width of your table and add twice the desired drop to each dimension.

For example, a table measuring 100cm in width and 215cm in length with a desired drop of 30cm should be:

Width: 100cm + 30cm + 30cm = 160cm
Width: 100cm + 30cm + 30cm = 160cm

Shop for tablecloths that are around 160cm x 275cm in size.


Round and Square Tables
A similar calculation applies to both round and square tables.

For example, a round table measuring 160cm in diameter with a desired drop of 30cm should be:

160cm + 30cm + 30cm = 220cm

Shop for tablecloths that are around 220cm round in size.


A square table measuring 50cm in length with a desired drop of 40cm should be:

50cm + 40cm + 40cm = 130cm

Shop for tablecloths that are around 220cm x 220cm in size.



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