Everything You Need to Know About Tablecloth Sizes

Shopping for tablecloths online for a big event can seem very overwhelming–especially when the event date is rapidly approaching and you suddenly realize you don’t have enough time to exchange your linens before the big day. Knowing the correct tablecloth sizes for the tables at the event you’re planning, whether it’s a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Sweet 16, Quinceanera–whatever the occasion–is of utmost importance before you place an order. Luckily, it’s very easy to order the perfect tablecloths for your event tables. All you need to know to properly size your tablecloths is the size of the tables you’re planning to cover. Also, you’ll need to take into account your own aesthetic taste. Do you like a half, full, or puddle drop? Here are the different drops so you can see for yourself:

Half Drop

Half-Drop-tablecloth

Full Drop

full-drop-tablecloth

Puddle Drop

Puddle-drop-tablecloth

In general, a full drop is regarded as a very formal look while the half drop is considered more casual. A puddle drop can be amazingly elegant, depending on the setting and mood you’re trying to convey. Now that you know what aesthetic appeals to you, let’s take a look at the specific measurements for tablecloth sizes based on table sizes. All of the following measurements assume that round, square, and rectangular (oblong) tables measure 30 in. in height. Want to size your tablecloths the easy way? Try our free tablecloth sizing tool.

Tablecloth Sizes for Round Tables

Half Drop:

30 in. round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>51 in. or 70 in. round tablecloth

36 in. round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>70 in. round tablecloth

42 in. round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>70 in. round tablecloth

48 in. round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>76 in. round tablecloth

54 in. round table (seats 6-8 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

60 in. round table (seats 8-10 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

66 in. round table (seats 9-11 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

72 in. round table (seats 10-12 guests)—>108 in. round tablecloth

Full Drop:

30 in. round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

36 in. round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

42 in. round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>108 in. round tablecloth

48 in. round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>108 in. round tablecloth

54 in. round table (seats 6-8 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

60 in. round table (seats 8-10 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

66 in. round table (seats 9-11 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

72 in. round table (seats 10-12 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth

Puddle Drop:

30 in. round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>108 in. round tablecloth

36 in. round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

42 in. round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

48 in. round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth

54 in. round table (seats 6-8 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth

To calculate the drop of your round tablecloth, subtract the table diameter from the linen diameter and then divide by two. For example, if you have a 72 in. table and a 132 in. tablecloth, subtract 72 from 132 (132-72) to get 60. Then divide 60 by 2 for a full drop of 30 in.. 

Tablecloth Sizes for Square Tables

Half Drop:

30 in. square table (seats 4 guests)—>60 in. square tablecloth

36 in. square table (seats 4 guests)—>60 in. square tablecloth

42 in. square table (seats 8 guests)—>72 in. square tablecloth

48 in. square table (seats 8 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

54 in. square table (seats 8 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

60 in. square table (seats 8-12 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

Full Drop:

30 in. square table (seats 4 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

36 in. square table (seats 4 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

A square table’s measurement is taken from one side, and the drop can be calculated with a simple formula: subtract the table length from the linen length, then divide by two. For instance, if you have a 36 x 36 in. table and an 85 x 85 in. tablecloth, you subtract 85 from 36 (85-36) to get 49. Then divide 49 by 2 for a final drop of 24.5 in.. That’s nearly 30 in., so this drop could be considered a full drop as long as the table is 30 in. in height.

Tablecloth Sizes for Rectangular or Oblong Tables

 Half Drop:

6 ft rectangular table (seats 6 guests)—>60 x 102 in. rectangular tablecloth

8 ft. rectangular table (seats 8 guests)—>60 x 126 in. rectangular tablecloth

Full Drop:

6 ft rectangular table (seats 6 guests)—>90 x 132 in. rectangular tablecloth

8 ft. rectangular table (seats 8 guests)—>90 x 156 in. rectangular tablecloth

Puddle Drop:

6 ft rectangular table (seats 6 guests)—>90 x 156 in. rectangular tablecloth

Calculating the drop of a rectangular or oblong table is very easy, too. Subtract the table length from the linen length and the table width from the linen width, and then divide both differences by two. That means if you have a 4ft. (30 x 48 in.) rectangular table with a 70 x 120 in. tablecloth, start by subtracting 30 from 70 (70-30=40) and 48 from 120 (120-48=72). Then you divide 40 by 2 (40/2=20) and 72 by 2 (72/2=36) which means your tablecloth will drop 20 inches widthwise and 36 inches lengthwise. Once again, this formula assumes that your table measures 30 in. height wise.

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