Tablecloths are available for all different table shapes and sizes. It’s important to obtain a tablecloth slightly larger than the table measurements, in order to have a bit of decorative overhang along the edges.
Rectangular and oval shaped tables require an oblong or banquet sized tablecloth. Sizes typically start at 52 by 70 inches (4 by 6 feet) and go to 72 by 210 inches (6 by 17.5 feet) and beyond, depending on the manufacturer.
Square tablecloths fit square tables. When choosing a square tablecloth only one measurement will be available. For example, a 36 inch square tablecloth is 3 by 3 feet.
Made for round tables, you determine the size needed for a round tablecloth by measuring the table across a diagonal.
The most common fabrics for tablecloths are linen, cotton and polyester. Fabric tablecloths have a more elegant look to them, but do require some maintenance to achieve that, such as washing and ironing.
Vinyl tablecloths have a plastic-like coating over a fabric bottom, making them easy to clean. They aren’t as durable or elegant as fabric tablecloths, but come in a variety of patterns and designs to fit your style.
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