SXSW mean events on every corner, music and lots of it, technology, hotels, restaurants, business deals, people, eating, entertainment, new friendships, ideas, strategy, planning, etc.

Every year SXSW comes to Austin and as fast as it comes it seems to end as fast as well. Every year there are more and more events and people. It’s hard to imagine improving SXSW, but somehow each year tops the previous year.

This year I wanted to provide those who have events at SXSW with a linen guide. Renting linens or shopping for tablecloths can be much more comfortable and less overwhelming when the date is rapidly approaching, and you suddenly realize you don’t have the right linens and everyone in Austin is sold out, or rental supply is decimated.

So following is everything you need to know to size your tablecloths correctly for your next event. (Courtesy of Linen Tablecloth Blog)

**TABLECLOTH SIZES FOR **ROUND TABLES

**Half Drop:**

30 in. Round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>51 in. or 70 in. round tablecloth

36 in. Round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>70 in. round tablecloth

42 in. Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>70 in. round tablecloth

48 in. Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>76 in. round tablecloth

54 in. Round table (seats 6-8 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

60 in. Round table (seats 8-10 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

66 in. Round table (seats 9-11 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

72 in. Round table (seats 10-12 guests)—>108 in. round tablecloth

**Full Drop:**

30 in. Round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

36 in. Round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>90 in. round tablecloth

42 in. Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>108 in. round tablecloth

48 in. Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>108 in. round tablecloth

54 in. Round table (seats 6-8 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

60 in. Round table (seats 8-10 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

66 in. Round table (seats 9-11 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

72 in. Round table (seats 10-12 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth

**Puddle Drop:**

30 in. Round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>108 in. round tablecloth

36 in. Round table (seats 2-4 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

42 in. Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>120 in. round tablecloth

48 in. Round table (seats 4-5 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth

54 in. Round table (seats 6-8 guests)—>132 in. round tablecloth

To calculate the drop of your round tablecloth, subtract the table diameter from the linen diameter and then divide by two. For example, if you have a 72 in. Table and a 132 in. Tablecloth, subtract 72 from 132 (132-72) to get 60. Then divide 60 by 2 for a full drop of 30 in.

## TABLECLOTH SIZES FOR SQUARE TABLES

**Half Drop:**

30 in. Square table (seats 4 guests)—>60 in. square tablecloth

36 in. Square table (seats 4 guests)—>60 in. square tablecloth

42 in. square table (seats 8 guests)—>72 in. square tablecloth

48 in. Square table (seats 8 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

54 in. Square table (seats 8 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

60 in. Square table (seats 8-12 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

**Full Drop:**

30 in. Square table (seats 4 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

36 in. Square table (seats 4 guests)—>85 in. square tablecloth

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.. That’s nearly 30 in., so this drop could be considered a full drop as long as the table is 30 in. in height.

## TABLECLOTH SIZES FOR RECTANGULAR OR OBLONG TABLES

**Half Drop:**

6 ft rectangular table (seats 6 guests)—>60 x 102 in. rectangular tablecloth

8 ft. rectangular table (seats 8 guests)—>60 x 126 in. rectangular tablecloth

**Full Drop:**

6 ft rectangular table (seats 6 guests)—>90 x 132 in. rectangular tablecloth

8 ft. rectangular table (seats 8 guests)—>90 x 156 in. rectangular tablecloth

**Puddle Drop:**

6 ft rectangular table (seats 6 guests)—>90 x 156 in. rectangular tablecloth

Calculating the drop of a rectangular or oblong table is very easy, too. Subtract the table length from the linen length and the table width from the linen width, and then divide both differences by two. That means if you have a 4ft. (30 x 48 in.) rectangular table with a 70 x 120 in. tablecloth, start by subtracting 30 from 70 (70-30=40) and 48 from 120 (120-48=72). Then you divide 40 by 2 (40/2=20) and 72 by 2 (72/2=36) which means your tablecloth will drop 20 inches widthwise and 36 inches lengthwise. Once again, this formula assumes that your table measures 30 in. Height wise.

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