How much tablecloth hang looks best? And what do I do if I’m adding leaves to my table? Here’s how to choose the right size.
This time of year, it may be time for a new tablecloth. But you may be wondering – what is the right size for my table? People usually get flustered when choosing tablecloth sizes since table leaves are often added for extra room, especially for Yom Tov. So what size do you get? Do you need two cloths?
When measuring your table, measure the length in inches then add a minimum of 10 inches or a maximum of 15 inches on each side. So you will add a total of 20-30 inches depending on how much of a hang you like. Then do the same for the width.
For example, if your table measures 48 x 120 inches in length, a size 70 x 144 inches will look great. A 144-inch tablecloth is the right size for tables between the sizes of 9.5 – 10 feet.
When measuring a round table, just add 20 to 30 inches to the diameter.
“If you own a cloth that fits well, I always tell my customers just measure the size of that cloth. It’s also good to have your table and leaf measurements written down somewhere or saved on your phone so you don’t need to remeasure every time you need a new cloth,” Devorah advises.
What about that added leaf?
Devorah tells us, “When clients are confused about what size to get when they may add a leaf, the first thing I ask them is, ‘What size is your table most of the time?’ I try to make it look perfect for the way the table is most of the time, it can be a bit shorter or longer for the size that you use less frequently. It always needs to have a hang but it is okay if the hang is short every once in a while when adding a leaf. When you are adding two leaves the best would be to get a separate cloth (if your table is typically used with no leaves).
Have an unusual size? You may need a custom size. “I service those without an extra fee,” Devorah says.
And of course, the most important part, once you are finally sitting at your table topped with your new cloth, is that you should enjoy your surroundings.