How To Choose A Table Runner

There are various ways to dress up an ordinary table and create an aesthetically pleasing table setting. Table runners are a cost-effective way to protect and brighten up any surface, such as a dining or coffee table. In addition, you can find a wide variety of styles that could suit any occasion and home decor.

Table runners come in a broad range of materials, sizes, and colors. Although there is no particular rule for purchasing table runners, it's better to choose one that fits well with your table and home decor.

In this guide, you'll find tips to help you find the right table runner to completely transform your table's overall look.

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Which fabric is best for a table runner?

  • Cotton has a classic style which makes it practical for dressing up your table in a simple yet elegant way. This fabric can withstand everyday use with minimal maintenance required and can easily be thrown in the washer.

  • Linen table runners have a rustic look and can neatly enhance your table setting. This fabric is a good option if you want an inviting and relaxed style for your casual gatherings. Additionally, linen is safe to use in the washing machine.

  • Table runners made of fabric blends have an artsy appearance. They're also available in unique styles: some trims are scalloped, fringed, and lacy. Blends of different materials such as linen-cotton are easy to care for and machine-washable.

"It is believed that certain fabrics and textures evoke and influence specific moods. So, ensure that your table runners impart that particular mood. For example, for formal occasions, like weddings, opt for silk, satin, polyester table runners. And natural fabrics like cotton and linen can suit casual occasions or can be ideal for everyday use."

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Cotton Blend Table Runner in Beige
Cotton Blend Decorative Table Runner in Cream
Cotton Blend Table Runner in Black
Wood Plank Styled Cotton Table Runner
Grey Linen Table Runner with Stripes
Decorative Linen Table Runner
  • Twill and cotton are preferred for daily use and casual occasions since they're easy to maintain and aren't strikingly lavish.
Cotton Simple Everyday Table Runner
Cotton Blend Everyday Table Runner in Brown
Tricolor Twill Everyday Table Runner
Heart Twill Everyday Table Runner
Rabbit Cotton Everyday Table Runner
Grey and Blue Twill Table Runner
  • A formal occasion would require a more chic table accessory such as a lace table runner. Posh fabrics such as silk and velvet can also provide an upscale look for your fancy dinners.
Pink and Gold Silk Table Runner
Silk Table Runner with Stripes
Brown Velvet Table Runner
Floral Lace Table Runner
Oval Lace Table Runner Ecru
Short Lace Table Runner

How to choose a table runner's style?

Your table runner's style will depend on your style and the overall vibe you're going for.

  • Whether you're hosting a casual or formal dinner, white table runners will never go out of style. White is also a classic option for those struggling to pick a color. Besides, you can easily match your table runner with white napkins to create a cohesive table setting.
White Simple Table Runner
White Floral Table Runner
Table Runner in White and Beige
White Oval Lace Table Runner
White Triangle Table Runner
White Table Runner with Circles
  • If the color white is too basic for you, choose a table runner in a solid color or pattern.

    ➔ When thinking of a table runner color, match it with your existing decor or furniture to create a cohesive look. For instance, a gray table runner would look good with a gray carpet underneath the table.

    ➔ You can choose from a wide range of patterns such as lemons or flowers if you're into fun and lively table settings. A checkered table runner is casual and versatile for everyday use while still making a statement.

    ➔ Add a pop of color to your table by choosing a colorful table runner with stripes or shapes.

Modern Embroidery Table Runner in Mint
Black and White Checkered Table Runner
Navy Blue Stitched Table Runner
Table Runner with Stripes
Classic Table Runner in Green
Red Stripes Cotton Table Runner
  • Those who enjoy hosting themed parties can spice up their table with seasonal table runners.

    ➔ For summer events, you can choose table runners with nautical themes or anything related to summer such as watermelons and ice lollies.

    ➔ Thanksgiving dinners would call for table runners with maple leaves.

"Consider getting a reversible table runner with a different fabric on either side (perhaps one side for fall and the other side for spring or one side for everyday and the other side for Christmas)."

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  • A short table runner brings attention to the table's centerpiece while leaving room for placemats on all sides of the table.

  • Long table runners create a dramatic flair.

Wedding Long Table Runner
Red Plaid Long Table Runner
Short Brown Table Runner
Short Easter Bunny Table Runner
Long Gold Snowflake Table Runner
Red Christmas Tree Long Table Runner

Which table runner size should you get?

  • Check the width of your table and divide it by three to get the ideal table runner dimensions for your table.

    ➔ A table runner with a width of 20 inches would suit a 60in table.

  • For the length, it's totally up to you whether you want it to be short or long.

    ➔ If you want a long one, it should hang at least 6 inches at each end of the table. A 40-inch long table would require a 52-inch long table runner.

    ➔ Your table runner should never be longer than your tablecloth.

    ➔ If it's short, make sure a centerpiece such as a vase is placed on it.

What table runners go with different types of tables?

The texture and material of the table runner could completely impact the overall appearance of your setting. Some materials fit specific types of tables and look out of place with other types of tables.

"To claim that runners can be only used for tables is utterly misleading. The tablecloth runner is ideal for accenting other types of furniture like a night stand, buffet, credenza, or a vanity table. If you have an unused wall, you can give it an update by hanging up our lace runner -- it will work for you whenever a Bohemian touch is needed"

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  • Smooth and shiny fabrics such as silk, polyester, and satin look best on glass, lacquered wood, and glossy tables. These types of fabrics are ideal for formal dinners.

  • Natural fabrics such as twill and cotton match tables made of wood and metal.