The Wide Variety of Choices You Have for Table Runners

By: Sunil Punjabi


Table runners add to the beauty of the living or dining room decor in homes and are also used to complement the ambience in restaurants. At the same time, they make things look crisp and clean, while also protecting table tops from spilled food, beverages and scratches. There are many different types of runners, for example, netted runners, runners with mosaic patterns, jute and cotton runners with an ethnic look, embroidered runners and runners that come with sophisticated printing in rich colors. You will also come across striped and checkered runners and runners with heavy metal work or sequins that add to the glittery look of a place. So, there is choice in terms of the material and fabric as well as in terms of the patterns and dimensions.

You can go for table runners in linen, satin, beautiful organza or polyester. The colors and rich textures have to be picked based on the usage and the occasion too, for example, the use of fabric like organza or taffeta. Such runners can be procured as a combination along with table napkins with exquisite designs and beautifully printed patterns. Dual toned runners with complementing colors can be ideal for table overlays. The colors and patterns can be chosen based on the tone of the ambience. In some cases, you can have bright runners, with big floral patterns or metallic shimmering at weddings, receptions or other festive occasions. The length of these runners varies a lot from around 50 inches to more than 120 inches depending upon the size of the table.

You will come across both fabric as well as disposable table runners, depending upon the ambience and the budget. For catering, disposable plastic runners can be used to keep the tables hygienic and make cleaning easier. You can go for decent runners with hemmed edges with a width of around 12 inches. Satin runners are reusable and can be washed from time to time, albeit carefully considering the premium quality of the satin fabric used for the runners. There are embroidered, pin-tuck and damask lines as well that can be used for different events. There are 100% linen woven runners too which can really add to the décor with their decorative hemstitching allowing artisans to exhibit their craft. There are machine and hand wash runners based on the material used although the amount of work that goes into the runners could vary a bit.

You will come across table runners with pointed edges too, offering something different from the standard square edges used normally. If you are worried about maintenance, it is a good idea to go for vinyl runners or bamboo mats which are easy to clean without compromising on the overall look of the table. Oriental motifs provide another option on the other end of the spectrum when you prefer a rich look. Linen and cotton are other popular options. Trendy designs and patterns can be used for hip events while you can tone down the shades for formal occasions.

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