Post # 1
I am planning on purchasing overlays online, rather than rent tablecloths because it actually turns out to be cheaper. And, the only tablecloths my caterer will provide for rounds are 90″ round, so for my 60″ tables, I figure that 90 square overlays will actually cover more than that– same drop on the sides but should just sweep the floor at the points.
But once I figured that all out, I started to get a little confused about what sizes to use on my other tables. We won’t have base cloths underneath– just the overlays.
In addition to the 60″ rounds, we’ll have a 36″ round sweetheart and a 48″ round cake table. For the cocktail hour, outside under a tent, there will be 30″ round (42″ high) cocktail tables, and some 48″ rounds.
Does it make sense to put 72″ square overlays on all of those smaller tables? Or would 90″ square work better on some? I am thinking the outside cocktail hour tables can be a bit more casual, but for the sweetheart and cake table, I’d like it to look more formal. But I still don’t want to be trying to cut the cake and be struggling to not stand on top of the point of the overlay on the floor! What about doubling up the overlays with one turned at a diagonal so the shortest part of the drop is covered by another “point”? Am I making ANY sense?
Pictures would really really help if anyone has anything showing exactly how a 72 or 90 square overlay would look on several different size tables and tell me how big the table is!!!
Post # 3
I wanted to do some overlays as well. And I agree, if anyone has pictures that would be great to see.
Post # 4
ok, partially answering my own question here but… this is what our rounds will look like if you picture it without the base cloth:
from cvlinens.com … Picture shown is 90″ square overlay placed on a 60″ round table with 120″ round tablecloth.
my problem is being able to find a similar picture that shows me what the 72″ square overlay will look like on 36″ and 48″ tables, and tall cocktail tables…
Post # 5
my continued internet searches led me to this site:
Rent Linens at Best Rentals
they show a lot of different combinations and they actually tell you what size table and what size linen it is!! gave me ALMOST everything I needed to see.
Real life pictures would still be better if anyone has them…that way can actually see multiple tables together in a room and not always just the same side of the table (the folding leg bars might be visible if the drop is too short, but that website always photographs on the opposite side so you can’t see that…) and what kind of an impact chairs around the table makes.
Post # 6
I don’t have pictures, but you can figure it out this way: the typical height of a table is 30″. When you put a 90″ overlay on a 60″ table, the overhang will be 15″ on each side (30″/2) at the shortest part (about halfway to the floor).
For a 36″ table, if you want the cloth to hang lower, you could use a 72″ overlay. That would give you 18″ drops (about 12″ from the floor) at the shortest part, and the corners would likely hit the floor or pool slightly. Or you could use a 90″ square on the 36″ table, and the cloth would almost hit the floor on all sides (maybe 3″ short), and definitely pool in the corners.
If you’re worried about the pooling in the corners, you can tuck the corners in. Or it might be worth buying actual round tablecloths for a few small tables? That would probably be cheaper than buying two overlays for a single table.
Hope that helps (and that I did my math right! LOL).