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Christmas is a time that fills us with joy, happiness and thankfulness. We want to thank you for visiting us at Monederosmart, and we have the joy and happiness to announce that we will be talking about a product that your mum probably loved to put out every December (and whose example you are now following): Christmas table runners.

These decorative elements not only add an extra touch to your table setting, but also create a harmonious atmosphere for dining and sharing with the family, and will help you to complete the creation you desire, along with the other traditional objects.

That's why we want to explain everything you need to know about Christmas table centrepieces, the criteria you should take into account to get the best model for your home and the most outstanding options that the market has to offer you right now.




Summary

  • Christmas table runners are narrow tablecloths that are placed in the centre of your table so that they go all the way across the table to complement your decorations alone or in conjunction with a tablecloth underneath.
  • There are 2 types of Christmas table runners you can find: those made of synthetic materials and those with textile elements. Each of them will give you different experiences and can be enjoyed on different occasions.
  • Before you choose the Christmas table runner you want, make sure you take into account its design and texture, the dimensions it has in comparison to your table, the type of washing it can be subjected to and the type of tip it gets.

The Best Christmas Table Runners in the United Kingdom: Our Choices

Buying Guide

Christmas table runners are a simple and creative way to give your table an instant Christmas touch, without a lot of effort or decorations, as they create the ambience you're looking for on their own. Here we tell you more.

What is a Christmas table runner and what are its advantages?

Christmas table runners are thinner than usual tablecloths that are placed along the length of a table in order to decorate it and give it a touch of elegance and harmony. They usually feature red, green, gold, silver, white and all those colours related to Christmas.

It is almost impossible not to fall in love with so many of today's designs, especially because of the poignant and nostalgic occasion they represent. Here are a few brief advantages you'll find in including a Christmas table runner in your home.

Advantages
  • Variety of designs
  • Easy to clean
  • Diversity of sizes
  • Eye-catching decorative element
  • Can be combined with other tablecloths
  • Can be used for many years
Disadvantages
  • Not all sizes fit all tables
  • Not as protective as an ordinary tablecloth

Textile or synthetic Christmas table runners - what should you pay attention to?

Christmas table runners are usually made of the same materials that tablecloths are made of, so we can classify them according to their most frequent presentations: textile or synthetic table runners.

Textile. These models are usually made of fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen and others, depending on the texture you are looking for. They are highly durable, especially if used on special occasions (as in the case of Christmas table runners).

They can be machine washed on a gentle cycle, unless they have any decorative elements that prevent this, such as metal decorations that are prone to rust. They are not waterproof and can be used for both formal and informal events.

Synthetics. Synthetic tablecloths tend to have less formal presence than fabric tablecloths, so they are mainly used for casual events. You can easily find them in polyester, Teflon, vegetable fibres and the like.

They should be washed by hand, depending on the specifications of the material used in their manufacture, and this will also determine whether or not they are waterproof. If you take care of it, you will be able to use it for several months.

Textiles Synthetics
Main materials Cotton, silk, linen Polyester, Teflon, vegetable fibres
Duration Years in constant use Months in constant use
Washing Machine wash Hand wash
Occasion Formal and informal Informal
Waterproof No In some cases

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different types of Christmas table runners

There are no rules when it comes to buying Christmas table runners, especially since you are the one who will create the harmonious Christmas atmosphere, but there are some details you will want to take into account before choosing that option you like so much.

  • Design
  • Dimensions
  • Wash
  • Tip type

Design

The best thing about Christmas table runners is that, just like tablecloths, you can find as many models as you can imagine, which makes the number of designs infinite. We show you the most common ones.

Lace. This is possibly one of the most formal and delicate models of all, especially when used in neutral colours. You can also use them during formal events, such as weddings, 15th birthday parties, communions, anniversaries and graduations. During Christmas, these can decorate your main table.

Printed. This option allows you to play with colours and combinations of your choice, and they can better reflect your personality, as well as adapt to a very particular occasion. They are ideal for themed, youth and children's celebrations. If the children will be dining at a special table for them, this will be a good choice.

Plain. Plain Christmas table runners will be a safe option that will not only serve as an excellent choice during your Christmas celebrations, but you can also use them during other seasons, thanks to the versatility of their designs. The most common choices are red, red wine, green, gold and white.

Embroidery. These patterns bring with them an added value, as they involve more work and effort. You can create them yourself or buy them ready-made, and they will be perfect to keep in your home as a permanent decoration or for a special occasion that suits your design.

Dimensions

The best thing about Christmas table runners is that there really are no rules for using them, but basically they have to do one of 2 things: stand out a little from the table or not go to extremes. We explain how to achieve this in each case:

Round table. Standard round tables usually range from 110 to 180 centimetres. If you want a table runner that does not reach the ends, you can buy a table runner of 90 or 160 centimetres. If you want it to overhang, it can be 150 to 220 centimetres, depending on how long you want it to be.

Square table. Square tables are usually 70 or 90 centimetres wide and long, and this measurement will help you to know the type of table runner you will need. If you want it short, go for one that is 50 or 70 centimetres, but if you want it to stand out, go for one that is 110 or 130 centimetres long.

Rectangular table. If your table is rectangular (as dining rooms tend to be), they can range from 60 x 110 centimetres to 120 x 260 centimetres. For a short table runner, make sure it is 20 centimetres shorter than the length of your table, and if you want it to stick out, it can be 40 or 50 centimetres longer.

Wash

The materials your Christmas table runner is made of will define the type of care you will need to give to your product, as well as the process you will need to follow to wash it, so that it stays intact and in good condition.

By hand. If it is a plastic table runner, you should wash it by hand to maintain its shape and condition, as it will not absorb water and will not be flexible enough to be added to a washing machine. The same goes for embroidered and lace tablecloths, only the problem here is not the water absorption, but the delicacy of the design.

Machine washable. If you have fabric Christmas table runners that do not have ornaments, paint, glitter, stones, embroidery and other elements that can be damaged or abused by machine washing, you can machine wash them without any problems. This information can be obtained from the seller of the product or directly from the packaging.

Tip type

One of the main attractions of the table runners is their tips, as there are several designs that you can find to suit your home, your decor, your type of table and even the size of your product. These are the most frequent tips.

Straight. The straight-ended Christmas table runners are perfect to fit inside your table as well as to stand out, especially when it comes to a square or rectangular table. This quality will allow you to adapt their size if you need to. You can find them in synthetic or textile runners.

Round. Some table runners have rounded or partially rounded ends (only at the corners), which gives them a touch of elegance and formality. These can be used on square, round and straight tables. Although you can get them in synthetic runners, it is more common in textiles.

Triangular. Triangular points are a favourite of many, especially as they lend themselves to extra decorations and embellishments. They can be found in textile runners and are most commonly used on square and straight tables to create diversity in the final look.

Fringed. Fringed Christmas table runners can have any of the aforementioned finishes (triangular, round or square), only they will be identified by having hanging fringes at the end. They are widely used during the Christmas season, as this feature will help to complement your decorations.

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