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Tablecloth Types

By Michelle L. Cramer
Family oriented restaurants often use vinyl tablecloths for ease of cleaning.

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.

Oblong

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

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.

Round

Made for round tables, you determine the size needed for a round tablecloth by measuring the table across a diagonal.

Fabric

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

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.

About the Author

Michelle Cramer has been writing/editing freelance since 2007, including the Small Business Buzz Blog and articles for Work.com. Cramer's current writing projects include articles for informational websites and several blogs. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Missouri.