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How to Measure a Table for Custom-Sized Tablecloth!

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Freckled Sage can make custom tablecloths in any size to fit your needs - round, rectangle, square, and oval. We are happy to help you determine the size of your tablecloth, but it is also really easy to do so yourself. Here are some easy instructions on how to measure your table and pick the best size tablecloth:


If you have a Round table, you should measure straight across the middle.

If you have a Square table, just measure one of the sides, end to end. (All sides on a square are equal.)
If you have a Rectangle table, measure the length from end to end and width from end to end.

If you have an Oval table, measure the longest part of the length of the table from end to end and the widest part of the width from end to end.

Once you have your table dimensions, it is time to add drop or overhang. The size of your tablecloth should not be the size of your table, unless you do not want any drop or overhang.
The standard drop measurement is more or less 4-12 inches, but it all depends on your preference.
No matter what table shape you have, you need to add your drop length on BOTH sides. If you add drop to one side, you will only have half of what your intended drop.


Here are some examples on how to correctly calculate your drop for the correct size tablecloth:
You have a Round table that measures 60” and you want 10” drop. Add 20” to your table size (10” for one half, 10” for the other half). You would order an 80” round tablecloth.

You have a Square table that measures 30x30” and you want 5” drop. Add 10” to both the length and width. You would order a 40x40” square tablecloth.

You have a Rectangle table that measures 93x140” and you want 10” drop. Add 20”

to both the length and width. You would order an 113x160” rectangle tablecloth. This is the same case for an oval table.

You have a table that measures 48x72” and do not want any drop or overhang. You would order a 48x72” rectangle tablecloth.


Still need some help? Contact Freckled Sage with your table dimensions and desired drop and the oilcloth experts can help!

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  • Paula on

    My new kitchen table is rectangular
    Measuring 70 long and 38 inches wide.
    How much drop should there be for a felt under padding and then a tablecloth?
    Also… when measuring, is length first or width???? I always get mixed up!!!
    Thank you.

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