1st Step – you will need to know the dimensions (size) of your table and the shape. Example: Is it a 45″ Wide x 60″ Long? Is it Round, Rectangle, Square or Oval?
2nd Step – you will need to decide how many inches of fabric you would like to hang over the table or piece of furniture. This is known as the drop. (hint: take a dish towel or piece of fabric and hang over your table or piece of furniture to get a visual on the length you would like and then measure the length of it.) This will determine what the drop is that you will want?
TIP * Typically for a standard dining room table most individuals desire a 8″, 10″, or 12″ drop. 12″ is usually at lap level, unless you don’t have a standard size table, 15″ is half way to the floor and 29″ – 30″ is typically to the floor for a standard height!
3rd Step – Once you know the dimension of your table and & the drop that you desire then all you need to do is multiply the drop by two and add it to each dimension (width & length) or (circumference).
You have a table which is 36″ wide by 60″ length and you would like your tablecloth to drop over the side 12″ you would do as follows:
Multiply the 12″ drop x 2 = 24″ (Your cloth will hang 12″ on each side)
Add 36″ Width of table + 24″ two sides of drop = 60″ Width needed
Add 60″ Length of table + 24″ two sides of drop = 84″
Now you have figured to have a 12″ drop evenly all the way around your table that you will need a 60″ x 84″ Tablecloth.
A Square Table is done the same way. For example a 54″ x 54″ square table that needs a 10″ drop all the way around would be: (10″ drop x 2) + 54″ = 20 + 54 = 74″ Do the same exact calculation for the other side and you will have a 74″ x 74″ Tablecloth that is needed for a 10″ drop.
A Round Table is similar, as well, except you take the diameter of the table once and add the drop twice: For example a 60″ round table with a 10″ drop all the way around would be 10 + 10 = 20 + 60″ diameter = 80″ tablecloth, therefore, for a 10″ drop on a 60″ table you will need a 80″ tablecloth.
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