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Linens Tips & Tricks

The difference between a poly and a damask probably isn’t high on your list to learn, but knowing the subtleties of linens can make or break the wow factor (and budget) of your event. We’ll teach you how to get the right size linen for your table and choose the right style of linen for your mood.

Quick Stats
  • Standard tables are 30″ high, so to cover a table and touch the floor, you’ll need a linen that’s 60″ wide, plus the width of the table.
  • To find the size table a specific linen will fit: Take the width of your linen, and subtract the width of your table. Then divide the answer by 2 to figure out how much will hang over each side of the table
  • To find the sized linen to fit a specific table: Multiply the height of the table by 2, then add the width of the table. That’s how wide your linen will need to be to cover the table and touch the floor.
Linen to Table Sizing Guidelines
    Rectangular Tables

  • If you have a 6 foot banquet table (72" x 30"):
    • 60"x120" cloth will hang down 15" on each long side and a 24" on each end
    • 90"x132" cloth will touch the floor on all sides
  • If you have an 8 foot banquet table (96" x 30"):
    • 60"x120" cloth will hang down 15" on each long side and a 12" on each end
    • 90"x156" cloth will touch the floor on all sides
    Square Tables

  • If you have a 30" table:
    • a 54" cloth will hang down 12" on each side
    • a 60" cloth will hang down 15" on each side
    • a 72" cloth will hang down 21" on each side
    • a 90" cloth will touch the floor on each side
  • If you have a 36" table
    • a 54" cloth will hang down 9" on each side
    • a 60" cloth will hang down 12" on each side
    • a 72" cloth will hang down 18" on each side
    • a 90"cloth will hang down 27" on each side
  • If you have a 48" table:
    • a 60" cloth will hang down 6" on each side
    • a 72" cloth will hang down 12" on each side
    • a 90"cloth will hang down 21" on each side
  • If you have a 60" table:
    • a 72" cloth will hang down 6" on each side
    • a 90"cloth will hang down 15" on each side
    Round Tables

  • If you have a 24" table:
    • a 90" cloth will puddle on the floor all the way around
  • If you have a 30" table:
    • a 90" cloth will touch the floor on all sides
  • If you have a 36" table
    • a 90" cloth will hang down 27" all the way around
    • a 108" cloth will puddle on the floor all the way around
  • If you have a 48" table:
    • 90" cloth will hang down 21" all the way around
    • 108" cloth will touch the floor on all sides
  • If you have a 60" table:
    • 90" cloth will hang down 15" all the way around
    • 108" cloth will hang down 21" all the way around
    • 120" cloth will touch the floor on all sides
  • If you have a 72" table:
    • a 90" cloth will hang down 9" all the way around
    • 108" cloth will hang down 18" all the way around
    • 120" cloth will hang down 24" all the way around
    • 132" cloth will touch the floor on all sides

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