There are many ways in which an otherwise dull table can be brought to life. The use of skirted tablecloths is one of the most effective and eye-catching strategies. While there are many made-to-order models available on the market, what will do-it-yourself enthusiasts need to take into account? How large of a bolt of fabric is required? If you hope to avoid purchasing excess and to employ a tablecloth that is perfectly measured, it is a good idea to take a quick look at our step-by-step guide. The good news is that you will not need to possess any prior experience.
This is arguably the most important step, as any errors made here will cause the tablecloth to fit incorrectly. First, measure the diameter of the table. You will then measure the “drop length” (how much you want to cloth to hang off of the edges).
Multiply the drop length by a factor of two. Finally, add the initial diameter of the table to the drop length. This figure will provide you with an accurate estimate of the cutting diameter.
Determining the Amount of Fabric
Now that we have made some preliminary measurements, it is next important to divide the diameter of your tablecloth (mentioned above) by the width of the fabric that you plan to use (such as gingham tablecloths or a solid pattern). Once you have determined this figure, you will need to round up to the nearest whole number.
This provides you with a bit of extra leeway; it is always better to be dealing with slightly too much fabric as opposed to not enough. The last step involves dividing the number determined above by 36 (inches). This provides you with the aggregate number of yards. It is also wise to round the figure to within the nearest one-quarter of a yard.
Whether dealing with fine linen or a durable clear PVC tablecloth, the methods above are the same. Above all, take your time and be sure that the correct measurements are obtained. You will, therefore, be able to design an eye-catching configuration in no time at all.