Choosing the Right Table Linen Size for Your Wedding or Event

Whether you’re planning a wedding, backyard barbecue or an indoor banquet, the style and size of linen on each table will help determine the tone of your event. If you’re planning a wedding or any other special occasion, we definitely recommend floor-length linens for a more formal look. If the event is more low-key, lap-length linens are budget friendly while still making a statement.

So how do you choose the linen that will look and fit best on your tables? Answer these three simple questions then reference our handy-dandy linen size chart below. It’s that easy!

  1. What size and shape is my table?
  2. What length do I want my linen to be?
  3. What is my budget?

Once you have determined your linen size(s), view our linen rental inventory for color and material options!

Start by locating your table size in the image. Then follow the chart to the right to determine sizes for mid-length, floor-length and overlay linen options. Can’t find your table size below? Call us at (951) 318-5968, and we’ll help you find a table covering solution. After determining your linen size, go to our Linens rental page for fabric and color options and prices.

How to Measuring Tablecloth Size (Round and Rectangular Tables)

Tablecloths provide you with a convenient way to dress up your space with ease. They are often considered to be a hallmark of the perfect table design as they serve as a decorative foundation for the rest of your tabletop decor. While your primary interest may be focused on selecting the right color and material to use for your table covering needs, you may first need to determine which tablecloth size you need to order for your special event. These tips will guide you into ordering the perfect tablecloth size for all of your events!

Step 1: Measure Your Table

Before you begin looking at our wide selection of tablecloths, you should first measure your table.
If you have a square or rectangular table, measure the entire length and width of the table from end to end. Write down the measurements so that you have these numbers on hand when you make your purchase.
If you have a round table, find the center of the table and measure the radius of the table from the center point to the edge of the table. Multiple this figure by 2 to determine the total width of the table.
If you plan to string multiple smaller tables together to create the illusion of longer tables, it may be helpful to draw a diagram of the table dimensions before ordering tablecloths.

Step 2: Pay Attention to the Drop Length

Your measurements will help you decide on the tablecloth size you need to order to successfully cover the surface of your table, but the tablecloth drop/hang below the edge of the table is also a must-have attention. 
For casual dining events, the typical tablecloth drop length ranges between 8″ to 15″ from the edge of the table.
For formal events, it is customary to have a drop length of either 15″ or touching the floor.
Visualizing your casual or formal event while deciding will help you make a well-informed decision without any regrets. For example, a banquet hall wedding reception will call for a floor-length tablecloth, but a backyard BBQ wedding will call for a half-drop. Because the drop length will hang below all edges of the table, it is necessary to multiply the desired drop length by 2 and to add it to your table measurements for both length and width.
By doing so, you will arrive at the total dimensions for a desired tablecloth!

Step 3: Dress Up Your Table

A tablecloth adds beautiful charm and style to your table, but it’s often only the starting point for decorating your space. Many people will also purchase table runners to place on top of tablecloths. Runners can look odd and out of place if they hang below the edges of the tablecloth, so keep in mind your overall tablecloth drop when purchasing. You can also add table overlay toppers and centerpieces to dress up the space instead. Your place settings and other items to complete the look of your tables can include napkins, napkin rings, silk flowers, and centerpiece lighting. Your table dimensions are also important when selecting place mats and other features to add to your tables. The table designs will be a hallmark or focal point of your event. They will dictate the overall ambiance in your space, and the tablecloth is the starting point of any beautiful table design!

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