Tablecloth Sizing Guide

Tablecloth Sizing and Quantity Guide

Shopping for bulk tablecloths gets complicated. With variations in shape, material, and size, finding the right tablecloth (and the right quantity) for your special event can be overwhelming. We get it. That’s why we’ve created this handy guide to help you make the right choice for your wedding, party, or event.


Let’s start by defining a few terms:


Drop describes the length of tablecloth that hangs over the side of your table.


A floor-length drop is a length of tablecloth that hangs over the side of your table and reaches the floor. While short drops are perfect for a dining room table or home use, floor-length drops are used to bring elegance to higher-end events such as a wedding or classy fundraiser.


A puddle drop describes a length of tablecloth hanging over the side of the table that extends beyond the height of the table allowing the tablecloth to puddle on the floor. Certainly a trendy, luxurious look, event planners often opt for puddle drop for tables not seating guests, such as a gift table or reception card table, so that excess cloth doesn’t trip up guests.


The highlighted combinations below indicate appropriate tablecloth sizes for a given table.



Round Tablecloths – Non-Fitted

Tablecloth Sizing Chart

See the chart below to find your tablecloths based on your table size and preferred drop. All measurements assume a standard table height of 30 inches. Also, both round tables and round tablecloths are named by their diameter (a straight line that bisects a circle). For example a 30” round table has a diameter of 30 inches. A 120” round tablecloth has a diameter of 120 inches.


70" Round Tablecloth 90" Round Tablecloth 108" Round Tablecloth 120" Round Tablecloth 132" Round Tablecloth
30" Round Table 20" Drop, 10" from Floor To the Floor Puddle Drop Too Large Too Large
36" Round Table 17" Drop, 13" from Floor 27" Drop, 3" from Floor Puddle Drop Too Large Too Large
42" Round Table 14" Drop, 16" from Floor 24" Drop, 6" from Floor Puddle Drop Too Large Too Large
48" Round Table 11" Drop, 19" from Floor 21" Drop, 9" from Floor To the Floor Puddle Drop Too Large
54" Round Table 8" Drop, 22" from Floor 18" Drop, 12" from Floor 27" Drop, 3" from Floor Puddle Drop Too Large
60" Round Table Too Small 15" Drop, 15" from Floor 24" Drop, 6" from Floor To the Floor Puddle Drop
66" Round Table Too Small 12" Drop, 18" from Floor 21" Drop, 9" from Floor 27" Drop, 3" from Floor Puddle Drop
72" Round Table Too Small Too Small 18" Drop, 12" from Floor 24" Drop, 6" from Floor To the Floor

How to Calculate the Drop for Round Tablecloths

We have convenient charts above so that you don’t have to make the calculations yourself. But just in case you’d like to know, you can calculate the drop on a round tablecloth like this.

Drop Formula

(Tablecloth diameter – Table diameter) divided by 2 = Drop

How-Far-from-the-Floor Formula

30” standard table height – Drop = How far from the floor the tablecloth will reach

Example

(120” round tablecloth – 60” round table) / 2 = 30” Drop
30” standard table height – 30” Drop = 0 (i.e., the cloth reaches to the floor)

Note: If you have a drop larger than 30 inches, you have a puddle drop.


Tablecloth Quantity Chart

Use this chart to figure out the number of tables (and the square footage) you’ll need to accommodate your guests. Then you can buy the right quantity of tablecloths based on the number of tables you need and the space available.


# Seats Sq Footage Required
30" Round Table 2-3 7'x7'
36" Round Table 3-4 8'x8'
42" Round Table 4-5 8.5'x8.5'
48" Round Table 4-6 9'x9'
54" Round Table 6-7 9.5'x9.5'
60" Round Table 6-8 10'x10'
66" Round Table 7-9 10.5'x10.5'
72" Round Table 8-10 11'x11'


Rectangular Tablecloths – Non-Fitted

Tablecloth Sizing Chart

See the chart below to find your non-fitted polyester tablecloths based on the most common table sizes and your preferred drop. These tablecloths are one single piece of fabric you center on the table so equivalent drops can hang over the long and short sides of the table. All measurements assume a standard table height of 30 inches and a width of 30 inches. Also, just in case you weren’t sure, rectangular tables are named for the length of the table. This means that a standard 4-foot table is 4 feet long by 30 inches wide by 30 inches high.


60"x102" Tablecloth 60"x126" Tablecloth 90"x132" Tablecloth 90" x156" Tablecloth
4' Rectangular Table Long side: 15" Drop
Short side: 27" Drop
Too Large Too Large Too Large
6' Rectangular Table Long side: 15" Drop
Short side: 15" Drop
Long side: 15" Drop
Short side: 27" Drop
To the Floor Too Large
8' Rectangular Table Too Small Long side: 15" Drop
Short side: 15" Drop
Long side: To the Floor
Short side: 18" Drop
To the Floor

How to Calculate the Drop for Rectangular Tablecloths

We have convenient charts above so that you don’t have to make the calculations yourself. But just in case you’d like to know, you can calculate the drop on a rectangular tablecloth like this:


Rectangular Drop Formula

Long-side Drop
(Tablecloth width – Table width) divided by 2 = Drop that hangs over the long-side edges of the table


Short-side Drop
(Tablecloth length – Table length) divided by 2 = Drop that hangs over the short-side edges of the table


How-Far-from-the-Floor Formula

30” standard table height – Drop (short- or long-side) = How far from the floor the tablecloth will reach


Example

Assuming a 6-foot (72 inches) table, and a 90”x132” tablecloth


Long-side Drop
(90” tablecloth width – 30” table width) / 2 = 30” Drop


Short-side Drop
(132” tablecloth length – 72” table length / 2 = 30” Drop


30” standard table height – 30” Drop = 0 (i.e., the cloth reaches to the floor on all sides)


Note: If you have a drop larger than 30 inches, you have a puddle drop.


Tablecloth Quantity Chart

Use this chart to figure out the number of tables (and the square footage) you’ll need to accommodate your guests. Then you can buy the right quantity of tablecloths based on the number of tables you need.


# Seats Sq Footage Required
4' Rectangular Table 4-6 10-12 sq ft per person
6' Rectangular Table 6-8 10-12 sq ft per person
8' Rectangular Table 8-10 10-12 sq ft per person


Square Tablecloths – Non-Fitted

Tablecloth Sizing

Most events will have round or rectangular tables. For square tablecloths, the common trend is to use them on round tables or highboy cocktail tables for a varying and angular dropline. We recommend using our 72-inch by 72-inch square tablecloths on 30-inch to 54-inch round tables. For highboy round cocktail tables, we recommend our 54-inch by 54-inch square tablecloths.



Rectangular Tablecloths - Fitted

Tablecloth Sizing Chart

Another popular choice is the fitted tablecloth, designed so that the hard creases are already present along the corners of your table. Our fitted tablecloths come in polyester and spandex. Our Polyester Fitted Rectangular Tablecloths are a more traditional fabric choice for dining, banquet tables, and tradeshows, while our Spandex Fitted Rectangular Tablecloths deliver a sleek look for serving tables, presentation tables, or bars. Polyester fitted tablecloths have a consistent floor drop on all sides while spandex fitted tablecloths have arched bottoms.


Please note, the spandex fitted tablecloth is NOT for dining tables where guests will be seated. Spandex tablecloths fit very tight. While the material presents an attractive look for your event, the fit does not give enough room for guests to fit their legs under the table.


See the chart below to find your tablecloths based on your table size. All measurements assume a standard table height of 30 inches and a width of 30 inches.


4' Fitted Tablecloth 6' Fitted Tablecloth 8' Fitted Tablecloth
4' Rectangular Table To the Floor Too Large Too Large
6' Rectangular Table Too Small To the Floor Too Large
8' Rectangular Table Too Small Too Small To the Floor


Round Tablecloths – Fitted

We carry Round Fitted Spandex Tablecloths for 60-inch tables, perfect for food displays, gift tables, tradeshow exhibits, and more. Like the rectangular fitted spandex tablecloths, our round spandex fitted tablecloths are NOT for dining tables where guests will be seated.



Cocktail Tablecloths - Fitted

Tablecloth Style Choices

Standard cocktail high-top or high-boy tables are 30 inches in diameter and are approximately 42 inches tall. Covering a cocktail table with our Spandex Fitted Tablecloth provides an elegant look to your event. Because cocktail tables are most often used when standing or using stools, form-fitting spandex is a convenient, sleek choice, though we do also offer Square Polyester Tablecloths for a variated drop line if you prefer that design look.


Cocktail tables tend to either have a single center post (I-Style Base) or have multiple legs that cross in the middle (X-Style Base). It is important to know whether your cocktail tables will have an I-Style Base or an X-Style Base. The difference is that at the bottom of the spandex tablecloth, there will either be pockets for 4 legs for an X-Style Base or a more simplified I-Style Base bottom.



Shop for Tablecloths

Now that you know all about tablecloth sizes and quantity, it’s time to find the perfect tablecloths for your big event. Shop below and enjoy always-free shipping with no minimum purchase requirement. Happy shopping!





Tablecloth Care

Want more information on how to care for your tablecloths? Read our Tablecloth Care Guide for information on washing, drying, ironing, and storing your fabric tablecloths.

Shopping for bulk tablecloths gets complicated. With variations in shape, material, and size, finding the right tablecloth (and the right quantity) for your special event can be overwhelming. We get it. That’s why we’ve created this handy guide to help you make the right choice for your wedding, party, or event.


Let’s start by defining a few terms:


Drop describes the length of tablecloth that hangs over the side of your table.


A floor-length drop is a length of tablecloth that hangs over the side of your table and reaches the floor. While short drops are perfect for a dining room table or home use, floor-length drops are used to bring elegance to higher-end events such as a wedding or classy fundraiser.


A puddle drop describes a length of tablecloth hanging over the side of the table that extends beyond the height of the table allowing the tablecloth to puddle on the floor. Certainly a trendy, luxurious look, event planners often opt for puddle drop for tables not seating guests, such as a gift table or reception card table, so that excess cloth doesn’t trip up guests.


The highlighted combinations below indicate appropriate tablecloth sizes for a given table.



Round Tablecloths – Non-Fitted

Tablecloth Sizing Chart

See the chart below to find your tablecloths based on your table size and preferred drop. All measurements assume a standard table height of 30 inches. Also, both round tables and round tablecloths are named by their diameter (a straight line that bisects a circle). For example a 30” round table has a diameter of 30 inches. A 120” round tablecloth has a diameter of 120 inches.


70" Round Tablecloth 90" Round Tablecloth 108" Round Tablecloth 120" Round Tablecloth 132" Round Tablecloth
30" Round Table 20" Drop, 10" from Floor To the Floor Puddle Drop Too Large Too Large
36" Round Table 17" Drop, 13" from Floor 27" Drop, 3" from Floor Puddle Drop Too Large Too Large
42" Round Table 14" Drop, 16" from Floor 24" Drop, 6" from Floor Puddle Drop Too Large Too Large
48" Round Table 11" Drop, 19" from Floor 21" Drop, 9" from Floor To the Floor Puddle Drop Too Large
54" Round Table 8" Drop, 22" from Floor 18" Drop, 12" from Floor 27" Drop, 3" from Floor Puddle Drop Too Large
60" Round Table Too Small 15" Drop, 15" from Floor 24" Drop, 6" from Floor To the Floor Puddle Drop
66" Round Table Too Small 12" Drop, 18" from Floor 21" Drop, 9" from Floor 27" Drop, 3" from Floor Puddle Drop
72" Round Table Too Small Too Small 18" Drop, 12" from Floor 24" Drop, 6" from Floor To the Floor

How to Calculate the Drop for Round Tablecloths

We have convenient charts above so that you don’t have to make the calculations yourself. But just in case you’d like to know, you can calculate the drop on a round tablecloth like this.

Drop Formula

(Tablecloth diameter – Table diameter) divided by 2 = Drop

How-Far-from-the-Floor Formula

30” standard table height – Drop = How far from the floor the tablecloth will reach

Example

(120” round tablecloth – 60” round table) / 2 = 30” Drop
30” standard table height – 30” Drop = 0 (i.e., the cloth reaches to the floor)

Note: If you have a drop larger than 30 inches, you have a puddle drop.


Tablecloth Quantity Chart

Use this chart to figure out the number of tables (and the square footage) you’ll need to accommodate your guests. Then you can buy the right quantity of tablecloths based on the number of tables you need and the space available.


# Seats Sq Footage Required
30" Round Table 2-3 7'x7'
36" Round Table 3-4 8'x8'
42" Round Table 4-5 8.5'x8.5'
48" Round Table 4-6 9'x9'
54" Round Table 6-7 9.5'x9.5'
60" Round Table 6-8 10'x10'
66" Round Table 7-9 10.5'x10.5'
72" Round Table 8-10 11'x11'


Rectangular Tablecloths – Non-Fitted

Tablecloth Sizing Chart

See the chart below to find your non-fitted polyester tablecloths based on the most common table sizes and your preferred drop. These tablecloths are one single piece of fabric you center on the table so equivalent drops can hang over the long and short sides of the table. All measurements assume a standard table height of 30 inches and a width of 30 inches. Also, just in case you weren’t sure, rectangular tables are named for the length of the table. This means that a standard 4-foot table is 4 feet long by 30 inches wide by 30 inches high.


60"x102" Tablecloth 60"x126" Tablecloth 90"x132" Tablecloth 90" x156" Tablecloth
4' Rectangular Table Long side: 15" Drop
Short side: 27" Drop
Too Large Too Large Too Large
6' Rectangular Table Long side: 15" Drop
Short side: 15" Drop
Long side: 15" Drop
Short side: 27" Drop
To the Floor Too Large
8' Rectangular Table Too Small Long side: 15" Drop
Short side: 15" Drop
Long side: To the Floor
Short side: 18" Drop
To the Floor

How to Calculate the Drop for Rectangular Tablecloths

We have convenient charts above so that you don’t have to make the calculations yourself. But just in case you’d like to know, you can calculate the drop on a rectangular tablecloth like this:


Rectangular Drop Formula

Long-side Drop
(Tablecloth width – Table width) divided by 2 = Drop that hangs over the long-side edges of the table


Short-side Drop
(Tablecloth length – Table length) divided by 2 = Drop that hangs over the short-side edges of the table


How-Far-from-the-Floor Formula

30” standard table height – Drop (short- or long-side) = How far from the floor the tablecloth will reach


Example

Assuming a 6-foot (72 inches) table, and a 90”x132” tablecloth


Long-side Drop
(90” tablecloth width – 30” table width) / 2 = 30” Drop


Short-side Drop
(132” tablecloth length – 72” table length / 2 = 30” Drop


30” standard table height – 30” Drop = 0 (i.e., the cloth reaches to the floor on all sides)


Note: If you have a drop larger than 30 inches, you have a puddle drop.


Tablecloth Quantity Chart

Use this chart to figure out the number of tables (and the square footage) you’ll need to accommodate your guests. Then you can buy the right quantity of tablecloths based on the number of tables you need.


# Seats Sq Footage Required
4' Rectangular Table 4-6 10-12 sq ft per person
6' Rectangular Table 6-8 10-12 sq ft per person
8' Rectangular Table 8-10 10-12 sq ft per person


Square Tablecloths – Non-Fitted

Tablecloth Sizing

Most events will have round or rectangular tables. For square tablecloths, the common trend is to use them on round tables or highboy cocktail tables for a varying and angular dropline. We recommend using our 72-inch by 72-inch square tablecloths on 30-inch to 54-inch round tables. For highboy round cocktail tables, we recommend our 54-inch by 54-inch square tablecloths.



Rectangular Tablecloths - Fitted

Tablecloth Sizing Chart

Another popular choice is the fitted tablecloth, designed so that the hard creases are already present along the corners of your table. Our fitted tablecloths come in polyester and spandex. Our Polyester Fitted Rectangular Tablecloths are a more traditional fabric choice for dining, banquet tables, and tradeshows, while our Spandex Fitted Rectangular Tablecloths deliver a sleek look for serving tables, presentation tables, or bars. Polyester fitted tablecloths have a consistent floor drop on all sides while spandex fitted tablecloths have arched bottoms.


Please note, the spandex fitted tablecloth is NOT for dining tables where guests will be seated. Spandex tablecloths fit very tight. While the material presents an attractive look for your event, the fit does not give enough room for guests to fit their legs under the table.


See the chart below to find your tablecloths based on your table size. All measurements assume a standard table height of 30 inches and a width of 30 inches.


4' Fitted Tablecloth 6' Fitted Tablecloth 8' Fitted Tablecloth
4' Rectangular Table To the Floor Too Large Too Large
6' Rectangular Table Too Small To the Floor Too Large
8' Rectangular Table Too Small Too Small To the Floor


Round Tablecloths – Fitted

We carry Round Fitted Spandex Tablecloths for 60-inch tables, perfect for food displays, gift tables, tradeshow exhibits, and more. Like the rectangular fitted spandex tablecloths, our round spandex fitted tablecloths are NOT for dining tables where guests will be seated.



Cocktail Tablecloths - Fitted

Tablecloth Style Choices

Standard cocktail high-top or high-boy tables are 30 inches in diameter and are approximately 42 inches tall. Covering a cocktail table with our Spandex Fitted Tablecloth provides an elegant look to your event. Because cocktail tables are most often used when standing or using stools, form-fitting spandex is a convenient, sleek choice, though we do also offer Square Polyester Tablecloths for a variated drop line if you prefer that design look.


Cocktail tables tend to either have a single center post (I-Style Base) or have multiple legs that cross in the middle (X-Style Base). It is important to know whether your cocktail tables will have an I-Style Base or an X-Style Base. The difference is that at the bottom of the spandex tablecloth, there will either be pockets for 4 legs for an X-Style Base or a more simplified I-Style Base bottom.



Shop for Tablecloths

Now that you know all about tablecloth sizes and quantity, it’s time to find the perfect tablecloths for your big event. Shop below and enjoy always-free shipping with no minimum purchase requirement. Happy shopping!



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Tablecloth Care

Want more information on how to care for your tablecloths? Read our Tablecloth Care Guide for information on washing, drying, ironing, and storing your fabric tablecloths.