A table runner is one of the most versatile table linens you can own. From console tables and dresser tops to kitchen islands, table runners help bring color into your space. Use them to dress a table up or down or to simply bring a bit of extra joy to the everyday kitchen table.
Can I put a runner on a round table?
Many of our customers want to know if this style of table linen will work on a round table. In case you were wondering, the answer is yes, you can absolutely use a runner on a round table. (And no, the runner itself won’t be round!)
You’ll still use a narrow, long table runner on a round table. The same runners we use on rectangle or square tables are the same kind you’ll use on your round (or oval) table. You can lay the runner right down the center of the table, or you can make letter “t” or criss-crossed “X” pattern to eliminate the need for placemats.
How long should a table runner be for a round table?
Should a table runner be longer than the table? Absolutely! A too-short runner doesn’t run–it simply looks like it ran out of fabric!
Of course, there aren’t any hard-and-fast rules here, but longer is better than shorter. With that in mind, look for runners that are approximately 12 inches longer than your table if you want it to hang about 6 inches over each edge.
Use runners on any kind of table–square, oval, rectangle, or round. The best size runner for a round table is one that is about 1/3 of the width of your table.
All of our runners are 18″ wide, which makes them perfect for kitchen or dining tables that are 54″ wide or larger. Each of our fair-trade table linens is handmade, easy to launder, and printed on pre-shrunk, superior-grade cotton.
If your round table comes with leaves, you’ll want to consider the full size of the table with all leaves inserted to ensure the right size table linens. We offer our runners in 3 lengths: 90-inch, 108-inch, and 120-inch.
Can I use a table runner with a tablecloth?
It all depends on the level of formality and on your preferences. If this is the look you love, then go for it! Just make sure that the runner isn’t longer than your tablecloth.
To make your runner the star of the show, place a patterned runner over a solid tablecloth. Add napkins in a reverse print for table setting that’s coordinated without looking matchy-matchy.
Setting your table with two different table linens creates visual interest and elevates the dining atmosphere–a great special occasion look. Maybe the entire family gathers at your dining room table for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Perhaps it’s your turn to host the supper club or you’re having friends over for a birthday dinner. Make these milestones all the more memorable by breaking out the good china, layering your linens, and setting a gorgeous table.
Do I have to use a runner with a tablecloth?
Naturally, you don’t have to use a tablecloth with a table runner. If you like the idea of a tablecloth but happen to use the kitchen table in other ways (like for kids doing their homework), then a runner offers a touch of practical beauty.
On the other hand, you might have a gorgeous antique dining table or farmhouse table you love to show off. Laying a beautiful table linen down the middle of the table dresses it up just enough for special celebrations.
Tips for styling a table with a runner
When you include a runner as part of your table setting, you’ll want to keep a few of these ideas in mind:
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If you’re ready to bring texture, color, and style to round table, start building a collection of beautiful table runners to use throughout the year.