Tablecloth Size Selection Guide

"Provence Tablecloth Size Selection Guide" by Marge Tablecloth Sizing Guide of Marche Provence   

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Tablecloth Sizing Guide


How to Select the Right Shape & Size Tablecloth!

Start with determining your "Tablecloth Edge-Drop from the Table's Edges"

The "tablecloth edge-drop" is the length of the tablecloth that overhangs the table's sides or edges. In general, we suggest having a drop off from 6" to 10" from each edge, but it often comes down to personal taste too.

Often it depends on the tablecloth itself. Some tablecloths have intricate banner-patterns that run the length of the tablecloth and are designed to look very elegant with a long, rather than narrow edge drop. Many round tablecloth styles have patterns in "rings" along the border, especially Oval Pattern and Round Cloths, where you likely want to see the full “border pattern” hanging as a long skirt below the round table’s round edge.  This is especially true for small round "Bistro size tables for two", that is from 30 to 40-inch diameters.  When you have a round table that is 40" to 60", there are many Marche Provence patterns that display "many pattern rings" on the round cloth, so that the most "outer pattern rings" are in just the ideal position to meet the edge of the wide diameter round tables.  Please see the round table illustrations below.

                                    Shallow Drop on Larger Round Table     Long Drop on Round   Long Drop Bistro Table  Extra Long Drop on Bistro Table

What are your tabletop dimensions? For Rectangular Tables…It is the Length and Width in Inches, for Square Tables…It is the Equal length in inches on each of the 4  edges, for Round Tables…It is the Diameter in Inches across the center of the table, and for Oblong or Oval tables…It is similar to Rectangular table sizing. Determine the Square or Rectangular tablecloth size you need by taking the Width and Length dimensions of your table and adding 2-times the amount of "tablecloth edge-drops" you want on each side of the table in inches, and add that to the table size dimensions. (Example: If you have a table that is 60" long and 40" wide and desire 6-10 inch edge-drop, then a rectangular tablecloth that is 60" wide x 80" long would nicely fit your table.)

How do I select the best length based on the number of people seated at my long table?

A basic way is to allow a table length space of 24" per diner at your table.  So, if you were doing a seating for 10 people, 4 on each side and one person at each end, you would use a 120" long cloth, which allows a 10" drop at each end leaving 100" of cloth on the tabletop. If you were setting a seating for 8 people with 3 diners on each side, you would need a 100" long cloth...100" less 10" of drop on each end leaves 80" of length for 3 people on each side.

We offer tablecloths in Rectangular Rectangular Tablecloths Sizes of from 60" 80" 100" and 120" in length by 60" wide.  For rectangular cloths having "Banner Patterns"- Patterns that run the length of the tablecloth, they have a nice fit and look for all long dining tables.  And in using the 60" Wide x 100" long rectangular cloths with "Oval Placed PatternsOval Placed Pattern Tablecloth in the center of the tablecloth, these look great on long dining tables, and the 100" long cloth looks fantastic for setting a table for 6-8 diners.

Not sure of the size of the right tablecloth for your table?  Use the illustrated guide below to see the tablecloth sizes available, common table sizes, and various seating conditions.






How can I buy a Rectangular Tablecloth size for "Extra Long" tables over 100" in length, for maybe seating 20 people? What people do in Provence is to buy a "pair of matching rectangular tablecloths" that are 100 inches long each. So, when you place both cloths on a long table with the cloths "End to Ends" or in an "Overlapping Ends" layout, you can cover up to 190 inches of table length and still have a nice "End Edge Drop" with the Paired-Over-Cloths. With a "Paired-Cloths" tabletop technique, you can create any tabletop length coverage of from 100" to 190" for great variability.

Selecting tablecloths for Square Square Tablecloths Tables... Square tablecloths can be used in several ways. Square cloths can cover a round table, and square cloths can be laid at a diagonal on a rectangular or square table so the cloth’s corners are overhanging to the edges of each of the 4 square or rectangular table edges.

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