How to Shop for Square Tablecloths


To most, a tablecloth is just a tablecloth, but there are many distinguishing characteristics of round, square, and rectangular tablecloths that are often overlooked. Are you thinking about using square tablecloths for your wedding? At LinenTablecloth, we know how to shop for square tablecloths. Read on for some tablecloth shopping tips!

Square Tablecloths for Weddings

Before you even start browsing square tablecloths, there are a few questions to ask yourself when shopping for the perfect square tablecloth:

  • What size square tablecloths make sense for my wedding theme or venue type?
  • Will I be layering my tables with linens like table overlays or table runners?
  • Will I be matching my tablecloths to chair covers and napkins?

Available in a wide range of sizes, square tablecloths are simply linentablecloth fabrics that are cut to fit certain sized tables. Customers who guess or estimate their required table linen sizes may end up with tablecloths that are completely unusable for their event. Instead of guessing, try out LinenTablecloth’s tablecloth sizing tool. Created by LinenTablecloth, the tablecloth sizing tool is a free tool that allows users to experiment with different size linens and tables in order to select the perfect tablecloth. How does the size of your tablecloths affect the overall look of your tables? It’s all about the drop. A full drop is the most popular contemporary table linen fit and offers a formal look whereas a half drop is more casual. A square table’s measurement is taken from one side, and the drop can be calculated with a simple formula: subtract the table length from the linen length, then divide by two. For instance, if you have a 36 x 36 in. table and an 85 x 85 in. tablecloth, you subtract 85 from 36 (85-36) to get 49. Then divide 49 by 2 for a final drop of 24.5 in. As a general rule of thumb, a drop length of 30 in. hangs all the way to the floor while a drop length of 15 in. hangs halfway to the floor; however, tables vary in height, so a 15 in. drop may be higher or lower than exactly halfway from floor to tabletop. Below is an example of different length drops for a commonly found, 36 in. square table:

36 in. square table:

Now that you know the size of your table linens, the next step is to select tablecloth fabric. LinenTablecloth offers polyester, satin, damask, burlap, and even blends like polyester/cotton and linen/cotton. What’s the best way to determine a linentablecloth fabric for your wedding? Start by choosing your wedding theme or color palette. Polyester is the most commonly used tablecloth material due to its incredible durability and resistance to stains and wrinkling. Whether it’s for indoor or outdoor use, polyester tablecloths hold up well and are ideal for most weddings. Satin is a fabric that’s known for its high luminosity and silky feel which makes it perfect for highlighting event tables like the cake, head, or gifts table. Satin look great indoors as it reflects light very well, creating an upscale, elegant ambiance. Materials like damask, poly/cotton, and linen/cotton are heavier tablecloth fabrics resulting in a more luxurious cloth than polyester or satin linens. Love the rustic chic trend? Burlap is the posterchild of rustic weddings and is the perfect option for rustic-inspired outdoor or barnyard weddings.

Once you know the size and fabric of your wedding tablecloths, the next big decision is choosing your colors. If you’re planning on adding depth to your wedding tablescapes with table runners, table overlays, napkins, chair covers, and chair cover sashes, remember the linens must be color coordinated.




70 inch Square Tablecloths


A 70 inch tablecloth provides a 36 inch table with a 17 inch drop which is about halfway to the floor.

85 inch Square Tablecloths


85 inch tablecloths are the largest tablecloths carried at LinenTablecloth. Try placing them on small tables like a 34 in. square table for a full drop.

54 inch Square Tablecloths



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