60-inch or 5-foot round tables, 120-inch round tablecloths for a complete drape, 108-inch round for some leg room, and 90-inch round for a drop that extends halfway to the floor We also recommend utilizing **5 ft. spandex table coverings** for a tight fit. These can be easily rolled up for storage when not in use.

8-foot or 96-inch rectangular tables, 90-inch-by-156-inch rectangle tablecloths, or 8-foot rectangular spandex table coverings HIGHBOY OR COCKTAIL TABLE SIZING CHART "Based on typical rectangular banquet tables with a table height of 30 inches," says Kathleen George, owner of Linens By George. Highboys are used to span the width of the table without touching its sides.

They are usually made of wood, but they can also be made of metal or plastic. The term "highboy" comes from the French word for **a large chest** or armoire.

Highboys were commonly used in the 19th century among the wealthy social set. They were often painted black or dark blue to match their accompanying furniture. Today, they are used to decorate dining rooms or hallways as wall decorations.

The cloths that cover highboys are called "tablecloths." Lengthwise, they are usually 48 to 60 inches, but some people buy **72-inch-long ones** if they want to use more than one highboy side by side. Widthwise, they usually range from **18 to 24 inches**, but some people buy 30-inch-wide ones if they want to make sure they don't touch the walls when the highboy is placed on **its end**.

A 70" x 108" tablecloth will have a drop of 20" down each side and 18" down each end. A tablecloth measuring 83" x 126" has a drop of 27" on each side and 27" on each end. [Complete table coverage] Calculate the diameter of your table. Then, to the table, put double the needed tablecloth drop. For example, if you need a 70" round tablecloth, then you should get a 140" wide one. The drop at each end is usually about 5% more than the drop at the center.

Round tables are available in sizes from 30" to 60". To calculate **how much cloth** you'll need, use **these formulas**: If the overall diameter is less than 70 inches, use this formula: Area = πr2 Where r equals the radius of the table (in inches). Area (in **square feet**) = r2x108 If the overall diameter is greater than 70 inches, use this formula: Area = π(r+8)2 Where r equals the radius of the table (in inches) + 8.

So, for example, if your table is 67 inches around, you would need a 100 inch wide tablecloth.

It is important to remember that the area under a tablecloth is exposed. You should order **enough cloth** to cover the exposed area twice so that no part of the table is visible.

For example, if your table is 42 inches broad and 72 inches long, and you want a 9-inch drop, add 18 inches to each side. The final dimensions, 60 x 90 inches, are the size of tablecloth you should buy. Measure the diameter of your table and add twice the needed drop for a circular table. For example, if your table is 30 inches in diameter, you would add 180 degrees (45 degrees) to each side of your measurement, which equals 216 degrees (600 millimeters), or about 10 feet 6 inches.

There are actually several different sizes of tablecloths available. If you want a larger tablecloth that can be used to cover a patio or balcony, look for **outdoor fabric**. This type of material is designed to withstand heat and sunlight while providing coverage for **your dining area**. If you only need one tablecloth, choose a size based on the length of the table rather than the breadth. Long tables require large scale designs, while shorter ones can get by with something smaller. A rule of thumb is to multiply the width of **your table** by four for a rough estimate of the size tablecloth you need.

Of course, the choice of fabric will also determine how much it costs to purchase a tablecloth. The type of material you select should last at least one season depending on how often you wash it. Linen is the most durable option but also the most expensive. Ticking is a cheaper alternative made from yarn spun from cotton or wool.

You can also look at it this way: If your cloth was a sheet of paper, then it's area would be how much paper does one roll of toilet paper hold? That's right, it's 147 square feet (14 square meters). So, if you need a cloth that fits perfectly, then you should get a roll that holds about 1,400 square feet (130 square meters).

There are other factors to consider as well. How often will you have people sitting at the table? Will they be eating **hot dishes** or cold? What kind of material is the cloth made from? These all affect **how much cloth** you need.

As you can see, measuring a tablecloth is not as easy as it may seem. But, with some simple math, you'll be able to determine the correct size needed for your table. Have **fun shopping**!