How to choose your tablecloth size and 5 popular wedding table sizes and the tablecloths that go with them

Hey!!! So, after my last blog giving you lots of wedding planning things to be getting on with; I think some more help is in order.

This blog is going to concentrate on table cloths. Yes, I said table cloths! They may seem like a minor detail but nothing ruins your beautiful wedding decor more than table cloths that are the wrong size.

This blog will act as a guide for standard UK table sizes and shapes and the cloths they require. This will ensure that you know what cloths to book and whether your supplier is providing the correct lengths for the look that you want.

General rules:

  1. Drop: Length of tablecloth toward the floor.
  2. Full drop: Tablecloth drops to the ground.
  3. Puddle: Excess tablecloth fabric on the floor. This happens when a tablecloth is too long. This can be dangerous for guest tables as it is a trip hazard.
  4. When considering what drop you want to go for, a full drop is usually for formal events such as weddings.
  5. Rectangle tables are often also known as trestle tables.
  6. Overlays are a way of adding texture or colour to your tables. It is a shorter tablecloth that sits over a longer tablecloth. You will need a tablecloth (longer) under your overlay.
  7. Always ask your venue about the sizes of their tables. Some venues like to mix and match sizes to give their clients more options.

One: Round tables: 6ft Round.

A 6ft round table comfortably seats 10 people but it can seat 12 people sitting closely.

A 132” round tablecloth will give you a full drop to the ground on a 6ft table. A 120” round tablecloth will give you a 24” drop.

If you decide to go for an overlay to cover the top of your table, a round overlay will need to be 108” and square overlays will need to either be 90” x 90” or 108” x 108”.

Two: Round tables: 5ft Round

A 5ft round table comfortably seats 8 people but it can seat 10 people sitting closely.

A 120” round tablecloth will give you a full drop to the ground on a 5ft table. A 108” round tablecloth will give you a 24” drop. A 132” cloth on this size table will puddle on the floor.

If you decide to go for a overlay to cover the top of your table, a round overlay will need to be 90” and square overlays will need to either be 72” x 72” or 90” x 90”.

NB. There is a 5ft6” round table size but it is not very common.

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Three: Rectangle 8ft x 2ft

An 8ft x 2ft rectangle table comfortably seats 8 people but it can seat 10 people sitting closely.

A 90” x 156” rectangle tablecloth will give you a full drop to the ground on this size table.

Four: Rectangle 6ft x 2ft

A 6ft x 2ft rectangle table comfortably seats 6 people but it can seat 8 people sitting closely.

In the UK, if a venue says that they have ‘trestle tables’, it is usually this size, but do check first.

A 90” x 132” rectangle tablecloth will give you a full drop to the ground on this size table.

A 90” x 156” tablecloth will puddle on the floor.

Five: 4ft Round Cake table

Your cake table is one of the exceptions to the puddling rule. Because your cake is a display piece, it up is usually out of the way of guests and therefore will not create a trip hazard. Puddling a tablecloth on your cake table is a beautiful and cost effective way of decorating it.

Cake tables are usually 4ft or 3ft round tables.

On a 4ft round table, a 108” round tablecloth will give you a full drop. A 120” round cloth and 132” round cloth will both puddle.

The larger the tablecloth, the more fabric you have to play with. If your have a 3ft round table; even more fabric!

Not enough fabric as well as too much fabric can be a problem; the balance must be right.

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That’s it! You are now a tablecloth expert! I am hoping this makes things slightly clearer for you. I especially hope that it helps DIY brides because tablecloths are such a minefield.

Happy getting in right with ease!