Finding the Perfect Fit: A Comprehensive Guide to Tablecloth Sizing

Whether you're hosting a formal dinner party, a casual gathering, or just want to spruce up your dining area, choosing the right tablecloth size is essential for achieving a polished look. A tablecloth not only adds elegance to your table setting but also protects it from spills and scratches. Though finding the perfect fit can be a tad puzzling at times.

Fear not! In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of measuring the perfect tablecloth size for rectangle, square, round and oval tables.


Measuring for Rectangle Tables:

Rectangle tables are perhaps the most common shape for dining tables, making them a staple in many homes. To ensure your tablecloth fits flawlessly, follow these steps:

  • Measure the length and width of your table by measuring edge to edge.
  • Decide how much you want your tablecloth to hang over the edges. A standard drop length for casual gatherings is between 8 to 12 inches. 
  • Your final measurements will be the length of your table plus twice the drop length, and the width of your table plus twice the drop length :

Required length = Table Length + 2 x drop required      
Required width =  Table Length + 2 x drop required. 

Example: If your table is 40 inches wide and 70 inches long, and you want a 10-inch drop, your tablecloth measurements should be 60 inches by 90 inches.


Palm Tree Green Tablecloth


Green chintz hand block printed rectangle cotton tablecloth

Green Chintz Rectangular Tablecloth


Measuring for Square Tables:

Square tables add a modern and symmetrical touch to any dining area. Follow these steps to measure for the right tablecloth size:

  • Since square tables have equal sides, you only need to measure one side length.
  • Similar to rectangle tables, decide on the desired drop length and add it to the side length.
  • Your final measurements will be the width (or diameter) of your table plus twice the drop length:

Required Size = Side Length + 2 x drop required   

Example: If your square table measures 56 inches on each side and you want an 8-inch drop, your tablecloth should measure around or over 68 inches by 68 inches.


Hand block printed tablecloth

 Green Ivy Square Tablecloth


Tropical Table setting - Block printed Blue Palm tablecloth

Palm Tree Blue Square Tablecloth


Measuring for Round Tables:

Round tables offer a cozy and intimate setting for gatherings. Follow these steps to measure for the perfect round tablecloth:

  • Determine the diameter of your round table by measuring straight across the center.
  • Decide on the desired drop length.
  • Your final measurement will be the diameter of your table plus twice the drop length:

Required size = Diameter + 2 x drop required 

Example: If your round table has a diameter of 58 inches and you want a 6-inch drop, your tablecloth should measure around or over 70 inches in diameter.


large round tablecloth

Carmen Round Tablecloth - Red and white


Pink Ivy round cotton table linen

Pink Ivy Round Tablecloth 180 cm


Measuring for Oval Tables:

Measure your oval or oblong table for a tablecloth similarly to how you would measure a rectangle table, by measuring edge to edge.

Oval tablecloths can be challenging to find. However, you can utilize a rectangular tablecloth to cover an oval table. Just remember that the corners may droop a bit, which is completely normal due to the longer drop towards the floor compared to the sides.


Green Chintz Square Tablecloth

Photo Credits: Bonnie Chase, Square tablecloth on Oval Table

Additional Tips

Here are a few bonus tips to keep in mind when measuring for your tablecloth:

  • A longer drop length adds an elegant touch for formal events. Shorter drops are more suitable for casual gatherings.
  • Remember the fabric's drape and thickness when determining the drop length. Heavier fabrics may require less overhang.
  • Be creative when designing a table setting, and don't feel restricted by the traditional rule that square tablecloths should only go on square tables or that rectangular ones can't be used on round or oval tables. Feel free to experiment and think outside the box! 
  • The drape might look different with different shapes, so experiment to find the perfect fit for your table.
  • Always choose a size up if you can not  find the exact size. 


Palm Tree Blue - Round Tablecloth


Please refer to this table highlighting the tablecloth sizes on our site.


Now that you've mastered the art of measuring for tablecloth sizes, it's time to put your newfound expertise to good use! Indulge yourself in some new table linens once you've measured your table. Explore our exquisite collection of tablecloths here to find the perfect one for your dining experience.

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