A guide for calculating the right size tablecloth for every table shape and size. Choosing the perfect tablecloth is easy! Every meal deserves a pretty tablecloth, and choosing one is fun. I’m sharing a few guidelines on sizes to help you figure out what size cloth to buy for your favorite tables today.

{ and in the meantime showing off some of our beautiful spring linens! }


Choosing the Perfect Tablecloth

My love for tablecloths goes back to my childhood in Europe. We lived in a three story grand home with my grandparents, and grandmama set her table for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of tablecloths and napkins. Each and every day.  That she had live in help as well as a “daily” probably made this easy for her, she didn’t wash nor iron them herself.  Hers were of the heavy linen and silk damask variety, these days we are so lucky with wash and smooth linens! A table set with a pretty cloth is charming, and a lovely way to add to memories of lunches, dinners and teas with people you love.

If you’re on the hunt for new linens to add to your own collection, It’s important to know which size to purchase, which of course more often than not depends on the size and shape of your table.

Choosing the Perfect Tablecloth

How to Know What Size Tablecloth You Need


Depending on the size and shape of your table, I’ll give you a chart that works perfectly below. If you want a certain length of ‘drop’ {the part of the tablecloth that hangs over the sides of your table} you’ll have to add that in. A drop is usually about 8″ off the side of the table, all the way to floor length.

When your  drop is too short, your cloth will look a little wonky and out of proportion with your table, or show off part of the table you don’t want to see. If using plastic folding tables for a larger party, it’s nice to have the cloth be a little longer to hide those legs! If you bought an antique French table that has legs you WANT to show off, then the 8 ” is fabulous, and that also allows guests to tuck their chairs under the table easier.

Of course, you know me. There are no fast and furious rules about this, setting a pretty table should be creative and fun! In a pinch, {or just for fun!} you can layer two tablecloths over each other. At times I’ve even used sheets for the under-layer.

Pink floral cloth
Choosing the Perfect Tablecloth


Calculator for your Tablecloth Size


This is the ‘formal’ calculation for measuring your tablecloth sizes. If your table is square, rectangular, or oval – double the length of the drop and add that number to the width of the table {that’s your tablecloth width} and then add the same number to the length of the table {for your tablecloth length.}

For round tables,  you add the diameter of the table and double the drop length for the ideal tablecloth size.


Or, if you are like me, just use this handy dandy chart!

Choosing the Perfect Tablecloth

I hope you take a peek at our new selection of bright, colorful tablecloths in a variety of sizes. Each one is sure to make for a memorable meal with people you love gathered around your table. These are selling out fast, so if you see one you can’t live without grab it now. Our shipping team will return from their Easter holiday and will be refreshed and ready to ship to you on Tuesday, April 18th.

Charming French garden tablecloth

French country floral spring tablecloth

Choosing the Perfect Tablecloth

I hope you thought this little guide for Choosing the Perfect Tablecloth was helpful!



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