It’s easy to know the suitable size of tablecloth, and you can follow instructions below to decide the range your tablecloth should spread. Whatever strange the shape your table is, you can also measure it like a circle or a rectangle according to the difference between its length and width.
Tip one: measure a square, rectangular or oval table
When you use the tablecloth, enlarge or diminish the table until the size is the same than before. If your table can change its size with removable leaves or attachments, choose the size that works best. If you need a daily tablecloth, the size should be adjusted to meet your normal purposes. When treating guests, you should use a formal tablecloth, and you need to measure the table spread to the largest.
– To make sure that the vintage tablecloths can totally cover your table at any size, spread the table to the largest and measure it, and the tablecloth should be less than 6 inches (15cm) over the edge. Keep in mind that the table at a smaller size can uneven the tablecloth.
The table length should be measured. To be specific, follow the longest direction measure the table with a tape measure. As for a square table, either direction is okay to follow. If your table is oval in shape, start from the center of the table to measure instead of following the outer edges.
– To prevent error, write down statistics you have measured.
The table width should also be measured. Measure the table along its shortest direction. Again, start from the center of the table to measure. Even though your table is kind of square, you won’t destroy it only by measuring. At times you can’t tell the difference between a square and rectangle.
It’s up to you to decide the extent you’d like your tablecloth to hang down. Drop length means the length a tablecloth hangs below the surface, which is between 6 and 12 inches (15–30 cm) for most dining room tablecloths, less than diner’s laps. As for a more formal dining tablecloth, it may last to the ground to cover ugly table legs.
-To figure out the drop length you favor, hang a piece of fabric or paper downward from the table’s edge. When you use this tablecloth, put your chairs and other nearby furniture objects where they are destined to be.
Measure the length and width of your tablecloth. Increase your desired drop length by two, because the tablecloth will hang from both ends of the table. To figure out your tablecloth’s ideal length and width, add the result to your table’s length and width.
– The oval table requires an oval or rectangular tablecloth with these measurements.
If it’s hard to get the exact size, it’s better to get a bit of larger tablecloth. When the tablecloth is unavailable to fit your table’s exact dimensions, and you don’t like a custom tablecloth, choose a tablecloth larger than your measurements. A smaller tablecloth can’t completely hide the entire table, while a larger tablecloth will hang lower. Keep in mind that tablecloths may become smaller being washed, conceivably up to inches (10cm) smaller as time goes by.
– There is another option, a rectangular “runner” cloth, which runs across the center of a rectangular table but is unable to hide the total width.
Tip two: measure a round table
Use a tape measure to measure the table diameter, meaning the distance between two points, connected by a straight line through the center. Watch to figure out the center of most tablecloths. To be more accurate, start at several positions to measure and calculate the average of your results. If you want a tablecloth that can cover the top of the table completely, with 0 to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of overhang, you can take more accurate method.
– Hexagonal tables or tables with different kinds of shapes should take this method on the condition that each edge of the table has the same size.
Think about the amount of overhang you want your tablecloth to present. In most situations, it’s proper to leave an overhang or “drop length” at least 6 inches (15cm). the tablecloth may look much small for the table with a shorter drop length. When you encounter with more formal situations and you don’t store chairs under tables, a drop length spreading to the ground may be suitable for you.
– To prevent piles of cloth from gathering on the chairs when they are pushed in, figure out the drop length to the longest by measuring the height difference between the chairs and the table.
Measure the desired tablecloth diameter. Double your desired overhang or drop length to explain that the cloth should covet the table completely. To figure out the suitable diameter for your table, add this result to the table diameter you have measured.
If you are unable to select a tablecloth in that precise size, you should think about your selections. Also, if you don’t want to make round tablecloth, you can try one a couple inches or a few centimeters larger, because that can cause less obvious problems compared with a smaller tablecloth.
– A square tablecloth is also suitable on a round table. You can choose the size recommended by the manufacturer for a round table with your table’s diameter, or else you can measure the diagonal length of the square. It’s okay that this length is equal or a bit of larger to the ideal diameter you calculated above.