You’ve finalized your guest count, you know how many tables you’ll need and have even picked out your linen color. You might think to yourself, “I’m done! Onto the next task.” Then they hit you with the million-dollar question, “what size linen do you need?” This is when your brain might go into overdrive, “Sizes? They have multiple sizes? I didn’t even know there were options.”
Luckily, there are two simple questions to ask yourself:
If you’re having a hard time determining how much you want to hang off the edges there are 3 options to go with: knee length, floor length or a pooling length.
Out of all the three lengths, the knee length gives the most casual, less-formal vibe. It shows the majority of the legs of the table. Although I’m all for flaunting a good pair of legs, when referring to tables, I suggest the exact opposite. What I mean by that is; most event tables have been bruised and battered. They’ve been through several long nights and don’t have a high rating when it comes to the looks department. Therefore, I always recommend floor length.
The floor length is the most common linen style you will find. It has a sleek and formal look to it. One of the main benefits, as mentioned above, is that it hides all the wear and tear you find when renting event tables.
For the pooling length, also known as the puddled style, find your full floor length and go one size up. This will give you that dramatic feel you’ve been looking for.
Picking out the linen size can seem like a simple but daunting task. People will have their own preferences and styles, but luckily there are so many amazing charts and pictures out there to help give you a better understanding on what it is you're looking for. There is nothing wrong with having an adult cheat sheet. In fact, below is a chart I use daily for easy reference.
To knowing your linen size,
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