Extra wide tablecloths.

We are always looking to find extra wide tablecloths to add to our range but finding coated fabric of the quality that we need in any widths over 155cm is proving difficult.

You would think that with new build houses getting smaller and furniture being scaled down to accommodate the space available there would be less of a need for extra wide tablecloths but we are finding the opposite.

I was pondering why in this modern age of more compact living we continue to be asked for extra wide cloths. There are of course those fortunate people who have the large traditional farmhouse table and those who have large formal dining areas but the majority of us are trying to squash everything and the kitchen sink into quite a small space.

While I was investigating what the average size of a dining room is I came across this very helpful planning information and it did shed some light on the extra wide tablecloth phenomenon. During my research lots of planners suggested a round table for a small dining space and of course a round table needs a much wider cloth due to the diameter.

If you are planning to buy a new table you may find information from http://www.houseplanshelper.com/dining-table-size.html useful or the information I found below from: http://www.ehow.com/how_7019994_do-dining-table-size-room_.html

•Measure the amount of space you have for your dining room table, meaning the areas in your dining room that aren't already occupied by furniture. To leave enough space to walk around the table and comfortably pull out chairs, leave about 48 inches between the dining room table and either the wall or nearest piece of furniture, such as a cabinet.

•Choose a round or oval table if your dining room is on the smaller side. These table shapes will fit better in a smaller room because they don't have corners taking up space that cannot even be used for seating. Therefore, you'll be able to fit the most seats in the smallest amount of space and make the most of your small room.

•Choose a square or rectangular table if you have a larger dining room. These shapes will fit a larger room and a larger number of guests much better than a round shape. Angular tables have more surface area due to the corners that can't be used for seating and help to fill out the room to keep it from looking empty. However, if you do need the extra space, these tables can be moved up against the wall more efficiently than round or oval tables.

•Consider choosing a dining room table that can expand by using drop-leafs. These types of tables are perfect for small families that like to entertain. You can have an intimate dinner with your family one night and a 12-person dinner party the next.

•Make sure the dining room table you choose is at least 36 inches wide. This amount of space is generally needed to have enough room for place settings and food.