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How to choose the right tables and linens for your wedding or event

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In this section of our website we answer your common how to 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 recommend 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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Recommended Tablecloths, Overlays & Runners For Round Tables


Recommended Tablecloths, Overlays & Runners For Rectangular Tables


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Round Table and Tablecloth Sizing Options

This section covers the five most common round tables, used at weddings, trade shows, events, the hospitality industry, business settings and receptions. Start by locating your table size as shown in the diagrams below. Follow the guide to the right of the image to get your options for mid length drop, floor length and also our overlay options for your tables. You will also find a link to the tablecloth category and a link to an image of the table dressed with a tablecloth.

 

30" Round
Short Cocktail Table

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  • Recomended tablecloth and overlays for a 30 Inch round table.
  • Typically used as a Cocktail Round.
  • Measures 30" from table top to floor.
  • You will need a 90" Round linen to cover the entire table to the floor.
  • If wanting an overlay, a 60" x 60" table cover is suggested.
  • Buy 90" Linens in our Poly Premier here.
  • View 30 inch table here with a 90 inch round tablecloth

    30 Inch Round Cocktail Table with a 90 Inch Round Tablecloth

    Here you can see the 30" round cocktail table dressed with a 90" Round Poly Premier Tablecloth.

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  • Buy your 30 inch round table from us here at Premier click here

 

36" Round
Short Cocktail Table

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30" Round
Highboy / Standing Cocktail

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  • Recomended tablecloth and overlay for a 30 inch round highboy.
  • Typically used as a Highboy Cocktail Round
  • 30" Across (diameter) x 42" Tall.
  • Measures 42" from table top to floor.
  • 114" Round linen covers entire table to the floor.
  • 120 If wanting to wrap down pole.
  • Or use the Spandex 30" x 42" for this sleek look
  • Buy your 30 inch round table from us here at Premier click here

 

 36 " Round
Highboy or Standing Cocktail  

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  • Recomended tablecloth and overlay for a 36 inch round highboy
  • Typically used as a Highboy Cocktail Round.
  • 36" Across (diameter), 42" from top of table to floor.
  • 120 Round tablecloth will drop to the floor.
  • 132" if wanting extra fabric to twist around pole and 13" x 102" sash to us as bow.
  • View and buy your 36 inch adjustable height round tables here

 

 48" Round 
(4 Foot table)

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  • Recomended tablecloth for 48 inch round table.
  • Typically used as a Sweetheart Table or the cake table.
  • 4 foot round will comfortably seat up to 4 people.
  • 108" Round covers the entire table and drop to the floor.
  • 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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  • Recomended tablecloth, overlay and table runner for a 60 inch round table
  • Typically used as a guest table.
  • this size table comfortably seats 8 people.
  • 120" Round covers the entire table and drops to the floor.
  • 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)

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  • Recomended tablecloth, overlay and table runner for 72 inch round table
  • 72 inch round is typically used as a Guest Table.
  • Comfortably seats 10 people.
  • 132" Round linen covers entire table dropping to the floor.
  • 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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Banquet, Wedding & 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.

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      4 Foot Rectangular Table Seating and Tablecloth guide

  • 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.
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       6 Foot Rectangular Table Seating and Tablecloth guide

  • 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.
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  • 8 Foot Rectangular Table Seating and Tablecloth guide

  • 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. 
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  • Classroom Table 6ft & 8ft 

  • 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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  • Kings Table 48 inch x 96 inch x 29 inch

  • 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.

 

 

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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.