- The experts at SFERRA share their tips for calculating the size cloth you need for your dining table.
- For a square or oblong table:
- Measure the length and width of the table.
- Decide on the drop length you prefer. The drop is the amount of fabric that hangs down from the top of the table. A typical drop ranges from 10 inches to 12 inches; if you want a floor-length cloth, the drop is usually 30 inches (standard dining-table height) but measure your table height just to be sure.
- Multiply the drop by 2 and add that number to both the length and width of the table. For example: If the table is 42 inches x 84 inches and you want a 12-inch drop, your tablecloth should be 66 inches (42 + 24 inches) by 108 inches (84 + 24 inches).
- For a round table:
- Measure the table diameter.
- Decide on the drop length you prefer.
- Multiply the drop by 2 and add that number to the diameter. For example: If the table is 60 inches in diameter and you want a floor-length (30-inch) drop, your tablecloth should be a 120-inch round (60 + 60 inches).
- Remember to allow for shrinkage with a linen or cotton tablecloth – they may shrink approximately 4 percent to 8 percent.