Linen Sizing Guide

Images below are most common tablecloth rental types;
“Draped” linens on banquet tables

“Banquet” linens on banquet tables.

“Round” linens on 60″ round tables.

“Square” or “Overlay” linens on 60″ round tables.

This guide will help you select the best linen for your table size, whether your renting tables or have your own tables or a mix of both. The chart below cover the basic table type which will help you decide what size linen is best for your event.

linen guide

About Tables Measurements: The size of the table is referencing the diameter of the top only. If in feet, convert that size into inches to decide which size linen you will need. For example a standard 6 foot banquet table is 72 inches x 30 inches with a 30 inch drop to the floor. For this example you will need 72 inches of fabric for the table top plus your desired drop. A standard banquet linen for a 6 foot table is 96 inches long x 60 inches wide (8 foot banquet linen).

Tablecloth Sizes for Round Tables

Half Drop:
30″ Lowtop (seats 2-4 guests)—> 60 in. square tablecloth
36″ Lowtop (seats 2-4 guests)—> 60 in. square tablecloth
30″ Hightop (seats 2-4 guests)—> 90 in. round tablecloth or less
36″ Hightop (seats 2-4 guests)—> 90 in. round tablecloth or less
48″ Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—> 60 in. square tablecloth
60″ Round table (seats 8-10 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth
66″ Round table (seats 9-11 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth
72″ Round table (seats 10-12 guests)—>108 in. round tablecloth

Full Drop:
30″ Lowtop (seats 2-4 guests)—> 90 in. round tablecloth
36″ Lowtop (seats 2-4 guests)—> 96 in. round tablecloth
30″ Hightop (seats 2-4 guests)—> 120 in. round tablecloth
36″ Hightop (seats 2-4 guests)—> 120 in. round tablecloth
48″ Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—> 90 in. round tablecloth
60″ Round table (seats 8-10 guests)—> 120 in. round tablecloth
66″ Round table (seats 9-11 guests)—> 132 in. round tablecloth
72″ Round table (seats 10-12 guests)—> 132 in. round tablecloth

Puddle Drop:
30″ Round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth
36″ Round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth
48″ Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth
60″ Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth

Tablecloth Sizes for Square Tables

Half Drop:
30″ Square table (seats 4 guests)—>60 in. square tablecloth
36″ Square table (seats 4 guests)—>60 in. square tablecloth
42″ Square table (seats 8 guests)—>72 in. square tablecloth
48″ Square table (seats 8 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth
54″ Square table (seats 8 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth
60″ Square table (seats 8-12 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

Full Drop:
30″ Square table (seats 4 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth
36″ Square table (seats 4 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

Tablecloth Sizes for Banquet, Rectangular, or Oblong Tables

Half Drop:
6 ft rectangular table (seats 6 guests)—>60 x 96 in. rectangular tablecloth
8 ft. rectangular table (seats 8 guests)—>60 x 120 in. rectangular tablecloth
King/Queen table (seats 8-12 guests)—>60 x 120 in. rectangular tablecloth or 90×156 in. rectangular tablecloth

Full Drop:
4 ft rectangular table (seats 2-4 guests)—>90 x 108 in. rectangular tablecloth
6 ft rectangular table (seats 6 guests)—>90 x 132 in. rectangular tablecloth
8 ft. rectangular table (seats 8 guests)—>90 x 156 in. rectangular tablecloth
King/Queen table (seats 8-12 guests)—>108×156 in. rectangular tablecloth

Puddle Drop:
6 ft rectangular table (seats 6 guests)—>90 x 156 in. rectangular tablecloth

Linen Terms

Drop/overhang: Is the length from the edge of the table to seem of the fabric. If this is from the edge of a sitting table to the floor then you have a 30″ drop off we call that a full table drape. A cocktail table or pub table has about a 42″ drop.

Full Drop/Table Drape: A linen that covers the entire table all the way to the floor.

table drape

Puddle Drop: A linen that covers the entire table all the way to the floor and has extra fabric creating a puddling effect.

puddle drop

Some additional information to help you decide;

  • The standard “drop” or overhang is 8″
  • A 10″ – 12″ overhang will reach your lap level
  • A 29″ – 30″ drop will reach to the floor
  • Bar height or standing height is 40-42″ to the floor
  • Food display tables generally use a “drape” linen