Choosing the correct table size and tablecloth is indeed crucial when planning an event. The size of the tables and the drop of the tablecloth can significantly impact the overall aesthetic and functionality of the space. Here’s a guide to help you make informed decisions.
We’ve produced a definitive guide below, that should tell you all you need to know when it comes to choosing your seating layout and linen.
Choose your layout
Typically, most formal events utilize a 'banquet' layout. This is normally where guests are seated in groups of round tables consisting of 6-12 guests per table.
Thank you for the information about seating layouts. It’s important to choose the appropriate seating arrangement based on the nature of the event and the desired atmosphere. If the event is more formal and focuses on individual communication within each table, a banquet layout would be suitable. However, if there is a specific focal point such as a stage or podium that requires guests to have a clear view, a cabaret-style seating arrangement would be more appropriate.
When organizing an event, it’s essential to consider the purpose, ambiance, and desired interactions among guests to determine the most suitable seating layout.
Capacities and Linen Sizes
Round Banquet Tables
Round banquet tables are a common choice for events and can vary in size. The most common sizes for round banquet tables are:
- 36-inch round table: This table size typically seats 4-5 guests comfortably. The recommended linen size for this table is a 90-inch round tablecloth.
- 48-inch round table: This table size can seat 6-8 guests comfortably. The recommended linen size for this table is a 108-inch round tablecloth.
- 60-inch round table: This table size can seat 8-10 guests comfortably. The recommended linen size for this table is a 120-inch round tablecloth.
- 72-inch round table: This table size can seat 10-12 guests comfortably. The recommended linen size for this table is a 132-inch round tablecloth.
These seating capacities assume that each guest has a side plate. However, if you don’t need side plates and guests are willing to “scrunch up,” you may be able to accommodate additional guests. The absolute maximum seated capacity would depend on the specific event and the level of comfort desired.
For overlay cloths, the size would typically be smaller than the base tablecloth. A common choice is a 72-inch round overlay cloth for a 60-inch round table, or a 90-inch round overlay cloth for a 72-inch round table. These overlay cloths can add a decorative touch to the table setting.