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Choosing the Right Table Clip Size is Easy!

Posted by JC on 5/14/2012 to Product Guides
This article was updated in April 2019.

Choosing the right size table skirting clip or tablecloth clip is easier than you think! Here's how:

  • Using a tape measure or ruler, measure the thickness of the table edge.

  • Be sure to write down that measurement so you don't forget.

  • Look for any potentially awkward or unusual "lips" / ledges underneath the table. Contact us if your table has an unusual lip, and try your best to describe it.

  • Keep in mind the table size and shape. Is it a 6-foot-long rectangular banquet table? Or a 72 inch round table?

Look at our Table Skirting Clips (if using table skirts with a loop fastener on the back side) or our Tablecloth Clips (if you're clamping down tablecloths), and find the best clip table linen clip size for your table edge thickness.

As a general rule of thumb, most of the wooden banquet tables with metal folding legs are somewhere around 3/4" to 1" thick. The increasingly popular Lifetime tables (thicker plastic tables) normally range from 1.5" to 2" thick for the newer stacking / nesting models, or 2.5" to 3" for the older (non-stacking) models.

We suggest enough table linen clips for every 1 foot of material. So, if you have a 14-foot table skirt, we'd advise using 14 Table Skirt Clips. If you are clamping down a tablecloth on an 8-foot banquet table, you'd be best off with 20 to 22 Tablecloth Clips (remember, with a tablecloth you'll want some on the sides too).

Why table skirting clips and tablecloth clips are a great idea:

Our table skirting clips are designed to securely hold up your loop fastener backed table skirts without any long-term effect on the table. Snap-on to use, and snap-off when you're done. Reuse them over and over again!

Web-backed table skirting requires stapling to your tables. Not a perfect scenario if you ask us. We've also had customers use adhesive-backed hook (rough) fastener going along their table edge. What they didn't anticipate is that when they were done, it can leave behind a sticky, gunky residue, plus the strip of fastener has lost most of its stickiness and can't be used again.

If your event is outdoors and you want to help keep your tablecloths from blowing around, our tablecloth clips are an excellent way to keep them where they're supposed to be! 

If you have any questions, remember that we've been in the table linen clip business for decades, and are standing by to assist you. Contact us here to get started!

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