Table runners add a certain amount of elegance and class to the table and lift the mood of the occasion. Used since medieval times, table runners, not only add on to the aesthetics but also keep the dining area safe from spills and damage. Table runners are often placed over a table cloth or on bare tables, depending on individual preferences.

These are not just made for dining tables, but also side tables, center tables, and much more. There are several things you need to keep in mind while purchasing the ideal table runners, and in this guide, we’re going to cover them all! So, stay tuned. 


What is a Table Runner and What’s its purpose?

A table runner is a narrow piece of cloth that adds color, texture, and design to the dining tables. Apart from being an enticing decorative piece, a table runner also protects the table from damage and spills that may be caused due to hot pans, dripping candles, or oil. They are more attractive than a placemat and are easier to clean.

These can be used for a round table, a 4,6,8, or even a 10-seater table. Widely used for luxury décor, special occasions, and restaurants, table runners also add an aesthetic appeal to the tableware. They come in multiple designs, patterns, fabrics, sizes, and colors to suit your preferences.


In What sizes can I find a Table Runner?

Table runners are available in a range of sizes for different types of tables. Before buying a table runner, make sure you measure the size of the table on which it’ll be placed. You also need to ensure that this size suits the area where you wish to place the table runner.

Commonly, these are the sizes you get to choose from:

  • 14 x 36 inch
  • 14 x 48 inch
  • 14 x 60 inch
  • 14 x 64 inch
  • 14 x 72 inch
  • 14 x 90 inch
  • 14 x 108 inch
  • 14 x 120 inch
  • 16 x 90 inch
  • 16 x 108 inch
  • 16 x 120 inch

If you are sure about the size, then you are ready to jump on other factors that will help you buy your perfect table runner. 


How to choose your ideal Table Runner?

Table runners add a certain amount of color and aesthetics to the table, so it’s essential for them to look appealing – just enough to set the mood! An ideal table runner should be one-third the width of your table with an extra 6 inches that hang from each end of the table.

To make sure your table runner merges well, observe the theme and color of the room, and understand whether it would accentuate the essence of the event you’re planning to host. You also need to keep in mind the theme of your room’s décor to ensure the one you’re buying is not hurting the ambiance of the room.

Another critical component while choosing a table runner is the fabric – opt for the one that blends well with the vibe of the event. 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.

You can also choose the fabric based on the season. Consider the styles available and pick the pattern in a complementing shade and fabric. With all these points, you will not take much time to find your ideal table runner.


Table Runners – Colors and Fabrics

You can often find table runners in shades of:
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Gold
  • Gray and silver
  • Ivory and cream
  • Orange and copper
  • Multicolor

Ivory and cream shade is recommended for a sophisticated ambiance, while multicolor, orange and copper can be perfect for almost all occasions.

The popular fabric options include:

  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Velvet

What are the popular Table Runner fabrics?

The material of the table runner must complement the event, space, and should be placed appropriately. For instance, you do not want a silk fabric table runner while dining, that would continuously slide and instill a sense of discomfort. Nevertheless, this fabric is ideal for spaces where things would not be touched quite often, like the center table with just flowers or antiques on it. So, you can make the best material choice only after understanding it’s use and the area where it’ll be placed. 

What are the available Patterns and Styles for Table Runners?

From an assortment of table runners, here’s a list of patterns and styles that we feel are the best options out there:


  • Abstract
  • Birds
  • Border
  • Circles & Dots
  • Geometric
  • Moroccan
  • Nature & Floral
  • Novelty
  • Ombre
  • Paisley
  • Striped
  • Contemporary
  • Modern
  • Traditional
  • Asian
  • Tropical

How to decorate your table with a Table Runner?

To decorate with a table runner, you need to first be clear with certain aspects:
  • Understand whether you want to place it on a bare table or a table cloth. The placement would affect both the cleanliness and the look of your table.
  • The next step is to decide how you want to place it.
    • It can be in the center; generally, this looks good when the table runner is laid on a bare table.
    • You can also lay it across, which defines the seating much better.
  • To bring attention to the center while dining, you can systematically keep glasses or small dishes in a row.
  • Just make sure your table runner has a good design and color that suits the occasion and theme of that particular space.
  • You can also set two or more table runners together to create a pattern like an X, a plus sign, or something unique that brings out your creativity.

Take care of the points above, and you will surely fulfill the purpose of your favorite table runner. 

Are Table Runners supposed to hang off the table?

While placing your table runner, it is important to note the shape and accordingly see how much you want it to hang off the table from either side. Usually, the more you let it hang free, the more dramatic effect it would create. Table runners with fringes and fur also look elegant for specific occasions. A short table runner right in the center will also accentuate the look and feel of the entire table as well as the occasion.

How to wash and take care of your Table Runner?

Table runners need good care for long term use as well as to make sure it’s clean and tidy for each use. We highly recommend you to either dry clean or spot dry your table runners. To get rid of any wrinkles, try using a cool iron or steamer. Washing it with hands at home may cause damage to the intricacies of the table runner’s design. Fold and keep the table runner in place when not in use and make sure the embellishments or the embroidery doesn't get layered with dust.

Where can I buy a Table Runner?

You can buy your ideal table runner from our extensive collection at The HomeCentric. We offer table runners in all patterns, colors, styles, and sizes! Handcrafted by Indian artisans, our products display fine finishing to suit your luxurious décor. We also customize your orders to make sure they suit your preferences.

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Upgrade your décor with luxurious and classy table runners. Let these be the face of your amazing style.