How to Choose your Tablecloth Size

The building block of any table setting is the tablecloth, which is why it’s important to pick the right one for your home. Unlike other decor, choosing a tablecloth size is about more than finding a piece that reflects your style; it also has to fit your table.

To figure out what size tablecloth you need, follow these simple instructions.

Determine Tablecloth Drop

When choosing a tablecloth size, be sure to consider your dining style and the occasions for which you'll be using the linens. For casual events, tablecloths should have a 6 to 10 inch drop from the edge of the table to the bottom of the tablecloth. For more formal events, the best choice is a tablecloth that has a 15 -inch drop from the edge of the table to the bottom of the tablecloth. The length of the cloth helps dress the table and set the tone for the meal—think of this as the difference between the attire for a casual brunch and a formal dinner.

Measure Your Table

After you’ve decided on the tone of your occasion, apply this simple equation to determine the correct length for your table cloth. First measure the length and width of your table. Next add twice the desired drop to each side’s dimension. For example, if your table measures 50 inches wide and 100 inches long and you want a drop of 10 inches, add 20 inches to each side. The resulting dimensions — 70 x 120 inches — is the tablecloth size you should purchase.

If you're looking for a tablecloth for a round table, measure the diameter of your table and add twice the desired drop. For example a 60-inch round table with a 15-inch drop would require a 90-inch round tablecloth.

Once you’ve found the right tablecloth size or solution, invest in a few colors or patterns so you can mix and match your tablecloths with your dinnerware to suit the occasion.