USING TABLECLOTHS AS OVERLAYS CHEAT-SHEET
USING TABLECLOTHS AS OVERLAYS
When it comes to table decor, there are tons of items that you can dress your table up with. While many of us are aware of tablecloths, yet we tend to overlook table overlays. Looking for a chic table? Then try our table overlays! You might be thinking, “What do I need a table overlay for?” and that’s where we come in! We’re here to answer your table overlay questions and to show how they can benefit your event decor.
What are overlays?
Overlays are pieces of fabric that sit on top of tablecloths for additional bursts of color and texture to dress up your table setting. Traditionally, overlays are solely square in shape allowing for them to be used on standard round or rectangular banquet tables without hiding the base tablecloth. If you’re looking for something a bit more out of the ordinary for your tables, switch things up with smaller rectangular or round tablecloths as your overlays.
Is there a difference between table overlays and tablecloths?
There are no big differences between overlays and tablecloths other than the way that you use them. Overlays are typically smaller than tablecloths. A table overlay is great for layering and can be extra protection for your tablecloth. Even though overlays and tablecloths are similar, using an overlay in place of a tablecloth is not always an easy solution. Some overlays are meant to be layered with tablecloths, so be careful when using them for substitution.
ROUND TABLECLOTH OVERLAYS
Using the same shape overlay as your base tablecloth can be a great way to reuse linen. Change the top or use the top and bottom portions by themselves. Same linen, new table. Make the base something simple like a standard round satin tablecloth. Then, spice it up with a different color and material “overlay”. The most popular combination is our satin tablecloths as a base with classic satin over-top. Find a break down for standard sizing recommendations below. These work no matter the material you choose!
|Table Size||Tablecloth Base||Suggested Overlay Size||Drop|
|48 in. Round||108 in. Round||90 in. Round||21 in. Drop|
|60 in. Round||120 in. Round||90 in. Round||15 in. Drop|
|72 in. Round||132 in. Round||108 in. Round||18 in. Drop|
Remember, you don’t have to use the suggestions above. Smaller tablecloths will allow you to see more of the base table while with larger ones you’ll see less. Use the drop formula below to figure out sizing for any table linen!
Tablecloth Size – Table Size
For example, on our 60 in. round table, we used a 90 in. round linen. 90-60=30 in. Divide that by 2 and you’ll get the final drop of 15 in. This is considered a half drop on your table, meaning you’ll see about 15 in. of your base tablecloth under the overlay.
RECTANGULAR TABLE OVERLAYS
Rectangular tables are a bit easier to work with since sizing options decrease. Most event tables will be either 6 or 8 ft. long. That said, with less sizes, the overlay materials are just as fabulous. Regal Jacquard, elegant damask, classic satin, or something more fun like our themed tablecloths are all great choices. Again, satin as a base is the most common and we recommend using that with more premium styles on top.
Rectangular tablecloths generally only offer two options on standard event tables: half or full drop. If using the same shape tablecloth as an overlay, you’ll need a full length tablecloth as your base. Glance down for the exact sizing on standard 6 ft. and 8 ft. tables.
6 ft. Rectangular Banquet Tables:
90 x 132 in. Rectangular Tablecloth – Full Drop Base
60 x 102 in. Rectangular Tablecloth – Half Drop as Overlay
8 ft. Rectangular Banquet Tables:
90 x 156 in. Rectangular Tablecloth – Full Drop Base
60 x 126 in. Rectangular Tablecloth – Half Drop as Overlay
Don’t be afraid to multi-purpose your table linens and think outside the box. They can be used in a variety of different applications as we’ve shown here. Add that touch of elegance and splash of color to make your event beautifully unique.
Round and Rectangular Tablecloth Overlays not what you were expecting? Browse our full selection of marvelous standard Overlays in three sizes. Click here to be redirected. Make sure to also check out our awesome mix of 14 x 108 in. Table Runners; perfect for when using tablecloths that provide a half drop on your table.
Is there a difference between table overlays and tablecloths?There are no big differences between overlays and tablecloths other than the way that you use them. Overlays are typically smaller than tablecloths. A table overlay is great for layering and can be extra protection for your tablecloth. Even though overlays and tablecloths are similar, using an overlay in place of a tablecloth is not always an easy solution. Some overlays are meant to be layered with tablecloths, so be careful when using them for substitution.
Can you use overlays on any table shape?
When it comes to table overlays, they typically look best on either a round or square table. Our overlays are sized from 50” to 90” allowing you to used them on any table size. Due to their shape, an overlay wouldn’t fit quite right on a rectangle table. In place of an overlay, use a table runner instead!