The 10 Best Table Runners for Any and All Occasions

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10 Best Table Runners for Every Occasion


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We know that there’s a lot that goes into setting up a picture-perfect dinner table. From finding the perfect centerpiece to whipping up an enticingly delicious dish, there’s a surprising amount of things to think about when dressing up a table. And while you may go all-out for special gatherings, if you’re anything like us, you probably want your table to look nice for casual dinners, too.

Enter: the table runner. They're a timeless way to add a little style to your table without committing to a full-on tablecloth. According to the history books, table runners have been around since Greek and Roman times and were used frequently during the Middle Ages, when they became particularly decorative. Nowadays, they can be found at basically every store under the sun, so wading through all the options can feel a little daunting.

You see, they come in a variety of materials (cotton! linen! jute!). Some are machine washable while others are spot-clean only. And then of course, there’s the length to consider. Experts generally agree that a table runner should hang at least six inches over each end of your table, so it’s time to get out your measuring tape to help you find the right dimensions for you.

To help make finding the best table runner for your home a little easier, we rounded up 10 of the best options on the market today.

Handwoven Basketweave Cotton Fringe Table Runner

Pottery Barn is known for its high-quality products, so this sturdy slub cotton table runner is sure to stand the test of time. We deemed it our “Best Overall” choice for several reasons. Namely: the neutral hue will go with any decor style imaginable, it’s handwoven, and the texture adds just enough visual interest to any table without feeling over the top.

Why We Love It: It’s also great for sizable tables, with a larger-than-average width at 18 inches and a long length at 108 inches.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.potterybarn.com%2Fproducts%2Fbasketweave-cotton-fringe-table-runner%2F&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.countryliving.com%2Fshopping%2Fg46229949%2Fbest-table-runners%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Handwoven Basketweave Cotton Fringe Table Runner</p><p>potterybarn.com</p><p>$54.99</p>

Boho-Style Table Runner

With over 1,800 reviews and 4.6 stars on Amazon, this table runner is a fan favorite on the online marketplace. In fact, as of right now, over 4,000 of these runners have been purchased this month alone. As one reviewer says, “The table runner is nicely made for the price.” And it costs less than $15, how can you go wrong?

Why We Love It: The neutral colorway will easily coordinate with the other table accessories you already have—and if you need more decor there are also placemats available for purchase.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B27WGC8Q?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10050.g.46229949%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Boho-Style Table Runner</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$12.99</p>

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$12.99

Tan And Black Diamond Fringe Table Runner

A patterned table runner is one of the easiest ways to bring some visual appeal to your table. This option features woven diamond shapes and macramé tassels that up the cool factor even more without overwhelming your tablescape's aesthetic.

Why We Love It: With its neutral hues and thoughtful details, this table runner will go with a wide array of decor styles, including farmhouse, boho, and modern.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldmarket.com%2Fp%2Ftan-and-black-diamond-fringe-table-runner-629402.html%3Fstore%3Dstore123&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.countryliving.com%2Fshopping%2Fg46229949%2Fbest-table-runners%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Tan And Black Diamond Fringe Table Runner</p><p>$19.99</p>

Jahkye Swiss Cross Pattern Table Runner

We will never turn down anything with a Swiss cross on it, and this runner is no exception. While the cross shapes are undoubtedly fetching, we like the fact that unlike some harder to care for runners, this one is machine washable and wrinkle resistant to boot.

Why We Love It: This runner come in five colorways, which means you can match it flawlessly to your home’s palette.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wayfair.com%2F--%2Fpdp%2Fcorrigan-studio%25c2%25ae--jahkye-swiss-cross-pattern-pink-4-table-runner-eedl3434-l1228-ddck2323.html&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.countryliving.com%2Fshopping%2Fg46229949%2Fbest-table-runners%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Jahkye Swiss Cross Pattern Table Runner</p><p>wayfair.com</p><p>$38.99</p>

Pink Table Runner

Mirroring the look of old-school rickrack (you might remember making crafts with it back in the day), this curvy table runner is one of cutest options around. It’s made of hefty canvas and is machine washable, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll have it for a long time.

Why We Love It: Unlike most table runners on the market, this one comes with an umbrella hole so you can use it inside or outside on your patio table.

<p><a href="https://businessandpleasureco.com/products/the-table-runner-riviera-pink" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Pink Table Runner</p><p>businessandpleasureco.com</p><p>$79.00</p>

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Pink Table Runner

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$79.00

Soil to Studio Mia Table Runner

Florals are one sure way to bring vintage-inspired flair to your space, particularly when they look as if they’ve time-traveled from the 1920s. You may not have found this table runner at a flea market, but the hand-done block printing makes it look like you did.

Why We Love It: It’s linen, which means that it’s easy to clean (machine washable!) and will add a light and breezy touch to any table.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffood52.com%2Fshop%2Fproducts%2F12817-soil-to-studio-mia-block-printed-linen-table-runner&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.countryliving.com%2Fshopping%2Fg46229949%2Fbest-table-runners%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Soil to Studio Mia Table Runner</p><p>food52.com</p><p>$90.00</p>

Marietta Table Runner

To really make your table a standout star, look for a table runner in a punchy hue. This runner is saturated in color and sports heirloom-like chambray lace trim, making it a great option for everyday meals and special occasions alike.

Why We Love It: Green not your color? We love the fact that this runner comes in other vibrant shades, like lime, lilac, and pink. There’s also a white option if you’re more into neutrals.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fmarietta-table-runner%3Fcolor%3D033%26type%3DSTANDARD%26size%3DTABLE%2BRUNNER%26quantity%3D1&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.countryliving.com%2Fshopping%2Fg46229949%2Fbest-table-runners%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Marietta Table Runner</p><p>$68.00</p>

Provence Avignon Cotton Table Runner

Perhaps you’re on the hunt for a specifically-sized runner for your table. In that case, look to this beautifully-patterned pick, which comes in 16” by 72” and 16” by 90” options. This is helpful if you’re trying to choose a runner that will hang that ideal six inches over each edge, or if you have a leaf in your table and you’d like to buy the same runner in two sizes.

Why We Love It: The pretty pattern looks like something you’d score from a pile of linens at the flea market, and we mean that only as a compliment.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.potterybarn.com%2Fproducts%2Fprovence-avignon-runner-mp%2F&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.countryliving.com%2Fshopping%2Fg46229949%2Fbest-table-runners%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Provence Avignon Cotton Table Runner</p><p>Pottery Barn</p><p>$79.00</p>

SLÄTTIKA Table Runner

IKEA, known for their brilliant small-space solutions, has done it again with this table runner. Coming in at a fairly diminutive 51” by 14”, it’s ideal for a small dining table or if you’re searching for a runner to add some style to your breakfast nook.

Why We Love It: The Scandinavian detailing on this runner makes it look so much more expensive than it is.

<p><a href="https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/slaettika-table-runner-blue-red-30572465/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>SLÄTTIKA Table Runner</p><p>ikea.com</p><p>$29.99</p>

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SLÄTTIKA Table Runner

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$29.99

Cotton Gingham Table Runner Brown

If you don’t want to spend a ton on your table runner knowing that your (delightfully messy!) family might spill on it from time to time, look no further than this option from Target. It comes in two sizes and the prices are easy on your wallet.

Why We Love It: It’s no secret that we adore gingham around here, making this runner a budget pick that will go with any country table.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fcotton-gingham-table-runner-brown-threshold%2F-%2FA-85032770&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.countryliving.com%2Fshopping%2Fg46229949%2Fbest-table-runners%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Cotton Gingham Table Runner Brown</p><p>target.com</p><p>$18.00</p>

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