Whether you’re having a few friends over for a casual get-together or hosting a formal seated dinner, a tablecloth adds a visual backdrop to any occasion that you’re hosting. Think of it as the primer to any table: It sets the mood and the tone of the meal.
Shopping for tablecloths can be confusing, however. Not only do they come in a range of colors and prints, but they’re also available in a wide spectrum of shapes and sizes. To make the process as painless as possible, follow these steps to calculate the size of tablecloth you should be buying. Plus, keep reading for the easiest tablecloth sizing cheat sheet you’ll ever see!
How to Buy the Right-Sized Tablecloth
Here’s how to calculate your ideal tablecloth size, no matter how small or large your table is.
- Get your table ready to be sized. This seems obvious, but we’ll bring it up anyway: If you have an extendable table with leaves, make sure to extend or shrink your table to the size you’ll be using before you measure your table for linens. For a casual tablecloth, this will probably be the table size you use most frequently. If you’re hosting a formal dinner, it’ll be the dimensions you plan to use for your special occasion.
- Calculate your tabletop dimensions. Measure both table length and width. For either, this is most easily accomplished by measuring from the center of your table outward, then multiplying the measurement by two.
- Factor in the “drop” you want. Determine the desired length of your tablecloth drop (how far over your table you want the cloth to hang). At Williams Sonoma, we consider the standard to be 10 inches. Anything less than six will make your table look out of proportion and your linens too small. You can also extend your drop for a more formal look, but if you do this, you should measure the difference between the table and the chairs to see what will look good when chairs are pushed under the table without gathering too much fabric or draping on your guests’ laps.
- Do a little table math. For a rectangular table, multiple your desired drop by two, then add on the actual measurements of the table. For example, if you’re going for a 10-inch drop and your table is 68 inches long, your mathematical equation would be 10 (the desired drop, in inches) multiplied by 2 (to factor in both sides of the table) with 68 (the length of your table) added. Thus, your desired tablecloth length would be 88 inches.
- For a round table, tweak the formula. For a round table, calculate the size slightly differently. You’ll want to multiple your desired drop by two, then measure the table through its diameter from one side to the other, adding that to the total number. For instance, if your round table has a 50-inch diameter and you want a 10-inch drop, your calculation would be (10 x 2) + 50, which equals 70. Your desired tablecloth size would be a 70-inch round.
- If you don’t find the exact size that you want, don’t panic! Should you have a hard time finding the exact size you want, then simply size up to the next available size.
Follow our quick and easy tablecloth size calculators below to help you select the right size on the go.
Rectangular Tablecloth Size Calculator
Our tablecloths tend to fit most rectangular tables with widths between 42 inches and 55 inches.
|Table Length||Tablecloth Size|
|62″ to 72″||70″ x 90″|
|80″ to 92″||70″ x 108″|
|96″ to 110″||70″ x 126″|
|110″ to 126″||70″ x 144″|
Round Tablecloth Size Calculator
If you’re shopping for a round tablecloth instead, then follow these parameters.
|Table Size||Tablecloth Size|
|42″ to 55″ Round||70″ Round|
|55″ to 70″ Round||90″ Round|
If you don’t have measuring tape handy or you’re already in the store shopping for a tablecloth without measurements, then bookmark the approximate guidelines below.
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Hosting an event with smaller tables in the backyard.
Measurements are: 60″x 27″ & 48″ x 24″
Hi! Looking to purchase your Thanksgiving tablecloth…my table with the leaves is: 42×110. What dize do you suggest? Thanks so much for your help.
The best (and longest) size of Thanksgiving tablecloth we carry for your table is 70″ x 144″. Yet, that would give you a tablecloth with a drop (overhang) of 14″ on each side and only 1 inch at the ends. Another company may have a longer tablecloth, or we would suggest using two 70 x 90 tablecloths and arranging them with an equal drop on all sides.
I have a 5 foot x 5 foot table, how much should it hang over? Do you have square table cloths?
What size table cover do I need if my table is round (24w x33L) I want the table cover to go all the way down the floor.
I have a 5′ x 6′ oval table. What size tablecloth do I need so it will touch the floor?
We would suggest a 90″ oval tablecloth. It likely won’t reach the floor, but should have a drop of about 14″.
My table is 94 x 42 inches, I’m having a tough time finding a good size for it.
I have a 10 ft round table and want it to hang about 9 inches. What size tablecloth should I get?
You need a 138″ round tablecloth. Unfortunately, we don’t carry tablecloths that are that large.You may be able to find one online from a wholesale supplier. Good luck!
I have a 47 x 65 oval table (47ish round plus a leaf) what size table cloth do I need
The best choice would be a 70 x 90″ standard rectangular tablecloth —— which would give you an 11″ drop on both sides and 12″ drop at the ends.
I have an oblong table measuring 42x 91!”. What size tablecloth do I need for a 10′ drop on each side? Also, would that size be good for both casual & semi formal? Thank you ahead of time!
A 42″ x 91″ table with a 10″ drop would need a tablecloth of 62″ x 101″. The standard tablecloth width is 70″, which would give you a drop at the sides of 14.” We would recommend a length of 108 (allowing a 81/2 drop at the ends) or a length of 126″ (allowing a drop of 18 1/2″ drop at the ends).
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my table is 40 x 72 standard size …
I would like the tablecloth drop to be 8”
what size tablecloth do I need?
For a perfect 8″ drop on all sides, you would need a 56 x 88. The best size standard tablecloth for your table would be a 70 x 108. It would give you a 15″ drop at the sides and slightly longer 18″ drop at the ends.
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To purchase tablecloths, you need to know the size of your table. Use our tablecloth sizing calculator below to determine which size you should buy for your specific dining room or kitchen table.
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For example, if your table measures 42 inches wide and 72 inches long and you want a drop of 9 inches, add 18 inches to each side. The resulting dimensions — 60 x 90 inches — is the tablecloth size you should purchase. For a round table, measure the diameter of your table and add twice the desired drop.
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How do you measure for an oval table? Can I buy linens on your site for an oval table?
70″x80″ table length is enough for 10 seats?
is that possible that 70″ round table have 10 seats?
My table is 80′ X 56″ RECTANGLE…I would like a 10″ drop.
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Same table in house and perfect dimension.
Thanks for the update and quick reply. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on this thread. Looking for the same issue. Bumped into your thread. Thanks for creating it. Looking forward for solution.
Correct size table cloth 15 by 4
What is the dining table size for 4 people? thank you for sharing
You show calculations for adding 10” per side of a table to pick out a table cloth. I have a table 42” x 68”, with one insert it’s 42” x 82”, with 2 inserts it’s 42” x 96”. I want the same drop on all 4 sides so where do I buy 66 x 92, etc? Or a longer drop but same for all sides. A round tablecloth is the same all around, of course, which looks attractive. Why aren’t there more options for rectangular tables. Not all tables are the same width. That could be true to length too. Bottom line – I want my tablecloths the same drop length on all 4 sides. Help!
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It doesn’t seem that WS responds to questions here. I’ve seen similar to my question. I have an 42″ x 68″ oval dining table. Are oval table cloths not sold anymore? What rectangle size do I get for a minimum 8′ maximum 10″ drop on all sides? I’m thinking a 70×90, but it won’t be even on all sides.
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Hello I have a square table 42 x 42 what. do you suggest? Thanks
I have the same size table, but it is a patio table with an umbrella in the middle. Any suggestions?
I have 42” square as well. From another site I was reading, depending on the drop, you would most likely want a 62” square tablecloth (or even a 55” puts like 6” drop on each side)
I have a small rectangular dining table that is 48” x 29” and I cannot find a tablecloth to save my life. Any suggestions?
I have a square table for 8 people what size tablecloth can I get. Id like it to hang at least 8-10” on sides. I’ve tried several and nothing works. Also should I match it with my cushions or curtains ?
there is no help for oval tables, especially a gate leg table with the sides down when not in use!!
I have a 54 inch round table with one leaf in. This makes the table 54 in wide and 74 inches long. Oval shape. What size tablecloth? So frustrating .
Treat the oval like a rectangle. In that case, you’d buy the 70″x108″. The corners will hang lower, but it will look nice.
I have a 54” Square table. What would work best?
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I have an oval dining table, are table cloths available? How would I measure?
I have a square table that measures 88 inches long and 41 inches wide. What size table cloth would I buy for that?
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This did not address an oval table
My table is square 48” by 48” and I want a 5 inch drop all around
What size table cloth do I need to make or buy?
For a perfect 5-inch drop, you would need a 58″ square tablecloth. A 60-inch round would also work well.
My table is a 74” round. Would you get a 90” or 120” cloth?
108 round, would give you a 17n. drop around the table,
90in would give a 8in drop.. depends how long you want it to hang..
I have a 48in. table in the breakfast room and a 108in hangs to the floor… Great for holidays just for snack display…
I have a 36” round table and I want table cloth to go to floor what do I need
My dining room table is very large and round. I do not like the look of round table cloths. Why does no one make an extra large square tablecloth?
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I am looking for what I thought was once known as an oblong tablecloth, however, today oblong appears to be synonymous with rectangular. I have a 38 inch round table with a 36 X 38-inch straight rectangular section between the semispherical ends so it is not a true ellipse, so an oval tablecloth does not drape correctly. (the table is a gate leg drop leaf with round drops)
I would like to see the answer to all the other questions regarding oval tablecloths. I don’t want to use a rectangular one. When I add the 22″ leaf to my 50″ table it becomes oval. Where can I find oval tablecloths?
I’m looking for an oval tablecloth to for a table that is 48″ x 72. Do you have any, or do any of your soster companies carry this?
I have a 60″ square and would like a 6″ drop. Is there any size available that I can use??
I have the same table. What size works?
72in should work 6in hang on all sides
Having a problem finding a tablecloth that would cover 62″ diameter x30.3″H that extends to 97.75″ W I’m sure there are tablecloths that can cover this table. for the past 2 years, I’ve been buying two (2) of the same cloth to cover this gigantic table. Any suggestions?
What about oval tables?
Having a hard time finding an oval tablecloth. My table measurements are 63″ x 37″. I would like a 4″ drop. Help? Please!
I have a small area so can only have a small table that seats 4 .Unfortunately I can never find a nice tablecloth. I previously lived in a larger home and had a table that seated 8. It would be nice if manufacturers, marketers and retailers took all customers into consideration. I have many beautiful tablecloths and cant use them I know you can’t help, but just needed to vent.
I am a manufacturer and exporter of home and hotel linen. I found your concern online. May be I can help.
While i can give you the best of table cloths, the cost of shipping is a concern. Do write if you think we can work.
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I purchased a table from you a few years ago. It is oblong. 64×95. I cannot find any oblong table cloths for it.
my OVAL table is 102 1/2″ x 66 inches plus the 10″ drop
I have an oval Ethan Allen dining table. Unless you can buy the exact size with the exact drop all around then I would say buy an oval tablecloth. However, I have an average size table, and to me, nothing fits or looks as nice as an oblong fabric tablecloth on an oval table. The four corners hang ever so nicely and looks really beautiful.
Hope this helps.
What about square tables?
I love mine but have a really hard time finding tablecloths, it is 55 in square!
My table is 80′ X 56″ RECTANGLE…I would like a 10″ drop. We have two “captain” chairs on either end so cannot be more than a 10″ drop…any suggestions on size table to purchase?
Yes, it is a serious oversight not to offer square tablecloths. This would not happen in Paris where an intimate dinner for two is romantic, and not considered a loss in profitability. Shame on Williams Sonoma. Yet another reason for me to simply shop at a commercial restaurant supply house.
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