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Table and linen sizing guide 2017

In this section of our website we answer your common questions about which size tablecloth will fit best to an applicable table size. We have all the commonly sized tables both round and rectangle, we also recomend the table runners that would best suit each table setting as well for you. In the last part of the table sizing guide we have detailed some of the most common wedding / banquet table set ups for catering such events including popular favorites like the half moon table set up, the U-shaped banquet and conference set up and many more. scroll down the page to read more or click the download link below to keep a copy for your reference.

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Round Table and Tablecloth Guide

This section covers the five most common round tables, used at weddings, trade shows, events, 
the hospitality industry, business settings and receptions.

This guide will help you for table sizing and table linen sizing. If you need to calculate the table linen size for any table try our tablecloth calculator here.
Download Premier's 2017 Table Linen Sizing Guide here.

Short Cocktail

30 round tablecloth icon

  • Typically used as a Cocktail Round.
  • 30" from table top to floor.
  • 90" Round linen covers entire table.
  • If wanting an overlay, a 60" x 60" table cover is suggested.
Short Cocktail
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  • Typically used as a Cocktail Round.
  • 30" Across.
  • 30" from table top to floor.
  • 90" Round linen covers entire table.
  • If wanting an overlay, 60" x 60".
 

 Highboy / Standing Cocktail

30 round tablecloth icon

  • Typically used as a Cocktail Round
  • 30" Across x 42" Tall.
  • 42" from table top to floor.
  • 114" Round linen covers entire table.
  • 120 If wanting to wrap down pole.
 Highboy or Standing Cocktail
30 round tablecloth icon
  • Typically used as a Cocktail Round.
  • 36" Across, 42" from top of table to floor.
  • 120 Round Tablecloth or 132" if wanting extra fabric to twist around pole and 13" x 102" sash to us as bow.

 48" Round (4 Foot table)

48 inch round table icon

  •  Typically used as a Sweetheart Table or the cake table.
  • Comfortably seats up to 4 people.
  • 108" Round covers the entire table.
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If wanting an overlay as well on top of this table a 72" x 72" or 84" x 84" overlay size is suggested.

Table Runner for this table, a 13" x 72" will give a 12" hang on each end or a 13" x 84" for a 15".

 60" Round (5 Foot Table)

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  •  Typically used as a guest table.
  • Comfortably seats 8 people.
  • 120" Round covers the entire table.
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If wanting an overlay as well on top of this table use an 84" x 84" tablecloth size for a 12" diamond overlay or a 90" x 90" for a 15" diamond overlay.

If wanting a Table Runner for this table, a 13" x 84" will give a 12" hang on each end or a 13" x 90" for a 15" drop or a 13" x 108" for a 24" hang.

 72" Round (6 Foot Table)

72 inch round table icon

  •  Typically used as a Guest Table.
  • Comfortably seats 10 people.
  • 132" Round linen covers entire table.
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 For an overlay on a 72" round table, we recommend a 90" x  90" tablecloth for a beautiful diamond overlay.

If wanting a table runner, a 13" x 108".

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If you would like to only have the linens come down 12" or 1/2 way down, take the diameter of your round table add 12" twice for a 12" drop or add 15" twice for a 15" drop. Example, to have a 15" drop on a 60" round table, 60+15+15 = 90 Round tablecloth.
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Napkins are made in 3 different sizes;
10" x 10" - cocktail napkins. Dinner napkins can be either 17" x 17", or 20" x 20"
For wedding receptions and other formal events we recommend the 20" x 20" dinner napkin.


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If you have any questions on sizing or need suggestions on which line of linens will best suit your budget, wedding or event, feel free to call our highly trained staff and rest assured you will not be given a sales pitch. Our experts will simply answer your questions. Customer service reps are available 8.30 am to 5.30 pm Eastern Standard Time. 305-424-9209 or Toll-Free 800-937-1159.

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Banquet Guest Tables

This section covers the five most common rectangular tables, used at trade shows, events,
the hospitality industry, business settings and receptions.

The three most common sizes are 4', 6' and 8' tables.
"Standard" or more correctly the most standard width is 30", the height is 29".
As stated they can also be at 18" and 24" wide.

4 foot table icon 
  • Comfortably seats 2 people per side 1 guest each end.
  • 84" x 108" rectangular tablecloth covers the entire table. 
  • We round the corners so the linen will not puddle in the corners.
  • A 60" x 90" tablecloth will give you a 15" drop on all sides.
  • A 13" x 72" table runner is appropriate and will give you a 15" drop.
 6 foot table icon
  •  Comfortably seats 3 guests on either side and 1 guest on each end.
  • 90" x 132" tablecloth with rounded corners to completely cover table.
  • We round the corners so the linen will not puddle in the corners.
  • A 60" x 108" tablecloth will give you a 15" covering 1/2 the table.
  • A 13" x 90" table runner is appropriate and will give you a 9" drop on each end or a 13" x 108" table runner for an 18" hang on each end.
 8 foot tablecloth icon
  •  Comfortably seats 4 guests on each side of the table.
  • 90" x 156" tablecloth with rounded corners completely covers the table.
  • We round the corners so the linen will not puddle in the corners.
  • A 60" x 120" tablecloth will give you a 15" covering 1/2 of the table.
  • A 13" x 120" table runner is appropriate and will give you a 12" drop. 
 trainign table icon
  • 6Ft comfortably seats 3 guests, only 1 side of the table is used. 8Ft comfortably seats 4 guests.
  • 6FT table, 78" x 132" or 8FT classroom table 78" x 156" covers table.
  • We round the corners so the linen will not puddle in the corners.
  • Premier Table Linens is one of the few manufacturers to make this tablecloth.
  • 6' classroom table: 48" x 102" tablecloth for a 15" drop on all sides
  • 8' classroom table: 48" x 120" tablecloth for a 15" drop on all sides
  • Many people prefer to use a product called a "table topper" on the classroom tables. Table toppers come with elastic which only covers the top of the tables.
  • For a 6' Classroom table an 18" x 72" table topper with elastic.
  • For a 8' Classroom table, an 18" x 96" table topper with elastic.
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  • Comfortably seats 6 guests on each side and 2 guests at each end.
  • 108" x 156" tablecloth with rounded corners covers the table.
  • We round the corners so the linen will not puddle in the corners.
  • Premier Table Linens is one of the few manufacturers to make this size.
  • A 72" x 120" tablecloth will give you a 15" drop covering 1/2 of the table.
  • Brides sometimes use two 48" x 48" overlays on top of the tablecloth. The look is stunning.

On the next sizing chart below you will find great catering table set up ideas that also include the use of Serpentine tables to
create food stations and buffet set ups for weddings and corporate events. These include how to set up a U-shaped banquet
table, a dogbone buffet table, long and short serpentine buffet tables as well as many other popular table settings.

Catering Table and serpentine guide 2017