Get the right size for your table
Tablecloths come in sizes to fit virtually any shape and size of table, and can be a wonderfully easy and affordable way to change the look of a room in an instant. It can also be a good way to protect delicate wood surfaces or hide damage or imperfections in your table top. There are certain elements you will need to consider when purchasing a tablecloth. The most important factor to take into consideration is the occasion for which you are buying the table covering.
If you are looking for a tablecloth for a formal occasion, consider styles such as lace or damask. These are elegant and classy and can transform your everyday table into a formal setting for a multi-course meal. Though they do require more care in cleaning than a casual tablecloth, this shouldn’t present much difficulty since you won’t be using them every day.
If you are looking for something that can take a lot of heavy wear and tear from daily meals and activities, you will want to look at sturdier tablecloths such as cotton, polyester or flannel-backed vinyl. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. Natural fibers such as cotton are prone to shrinkage and wrinkling, but are durable and easy to clean. Polyester and other synthetics are a breeze to wash and can withstand much use, but do not possess the breathability and absorbency of cotton or linen. When choosing an everyday tablecloth, be sure to choose a color(s) and style that incorporates your over-all kitchen design and one that's flattering to your kitchen furniture.
Vinyl is a great option for a tablecloth that will take a lot of spills, such as when there are children in the household. It wipes up quickly, and because of the low price tag it can be replaced without being hard on the pocketbook. In addition, vinyl tablecloths typically come in a huge variety of patterns and colors, perfect for changing to fit every holiday and season.
Once you decide on the appropriate color, style and fabric, you will need to measure your table to be sure you purchase the correct size tablecloth. You will want at least eight inches of overhang for everyday use and 12 to 15 inches for a formal dinner or party. Below you will find a guide to the most common sizes:
- To determine the correct size for your square or rectangular table, add the desired overhang multiplied by two to the length and width.
- For a round table, add the overhang multiplied by two to the diameter of the table.
- For square tables, the typical cloth size is 52 x 52 inches.
- For rectangular tables, the sizes range from 52 x 70 inches to 70 x 144 inches.
- For round tables, the choices in premade tablecloths are 60, 70 and 90 inches in diameter.
- For that odd, hard-to-fit table you can order a custom size tablecloth in your desired fabric and style.
Whatever your tablecloth needs, there is a dizzying array of choices available both in brick and mortar stores and online.