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How to Measure and Pattern Your Table


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Measuring Instructions and an Order Form.

Important guidelines

Pads are designed to rest on the flat portion of the top only, therefore if your table has square edges, measure to the edge itself. If however your table has a rounded or beveled edge, only measure to the point where the flat portion of the top ends, as shown in these pictures.


Square Edge

Square Edge

Beveled Edge

Beveled Edge

Rounded Edge

Rounded Edge

Square Edge Measure

Measuring Square Edge

Beveled Edge Measure

Measuring Beveled Edge

Rounded Edge Measure

Measuring Rounded Edge

Need Help Using a tape Measure?

Tape Measure


Measurement Diagram

Dining Tables

Step 1

Measure the width (shorter measurement) of the main table top to the nearest 1/16”;.

Step 2

Measure the length without the leaves installed

Step 3

Measure the width of the leaves.

Step 4

If your table is square or rectangular with squared corners, your measurements are all that are needed to place an order. If your table is shaped, see below for patterning instructions.


Measure the width and length of the flat portion of the top as per the above guidelines.
If your buffet is shaped, you will need a pattern in addition to your measurements. See instructions below.

Drop Leaf Table

  • Raise your drop leaves (and remove any extra individual extension leaves if you have any).
  • Measure the overall width and length (flat portion only).
  • Measure the length of the main top and drop leaves individually (this should equal your overall length).
  • Measure the width (shorter measurement) of the leaves.
  • Make a pattern of any sections that are not perfectly square or rectangular.
Drop Leaf Table Drawing

Important Notes About Patterns

  1. Please check with us first to see if we have the specifications for your table (We have thousands on file). If we do, then you don’t need to make a pattern.
  2. If your table is round, square or rectangular with square corners, you do not need to make a pattern.

You DO need to make a pattern if you have at least one of the following:

  • a square or rectangular table with rounded corners
  • a shaped table
  • a one piece shaped top with no leaves (make pattern of entire top)

How to make a pattern

  1. Remove any leaves from the table.
  2. Lay pattern paper flat on the top surface.
  3. Position the pattern paper as follows:
    • If your table has two main halves and a center seam, line up the edge of the paper with the center split.
    • If you have a one piece top, make a pattern of the entire top, rather than one half.
    • If you are patterning a buffet, align the edge of the paper with the back edge of the top.
  4. Place two heavy books on the paper to keep it from moving.
  5. Use the edge of a pencil or crayon to trace the flat portion of the top. Do not include any rounded or beveled edges.
  6. Double-check that your width and length measurements are consistent with the pattern.
  7. Do not cut the pattern paper for any reason.
Paper PatternPaper Pattern Close

Table Size vs. Table Pad Size

On tables with squared top edges, the pad size is equal to overall table size as seen below:

Square Edges

On tables with shaped top edges, the pad size is less than the overall table size because any slope, bevel, round portion etc. is not included when measuring.

Rounded Edges Beveled Edges Thumbnail Edges Stepped Edges Cove Edges