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Do you want to set the scene for your dining table but at the same time protect it from scratches and stains? Then a table runner is the perfect solution for you! This "it piece" comes in a wide variety of colours and motifs. A table runner can be wonderfully decorated, creates a pleasant ambience and fabulously highlights your dining table.

With our table runner test 2021 we want to help you find the perfect table runner for you. Which one it is depends on several factors. We present the most important features of a table runner and compare the different models to make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




Summary

  • Table runners come in a wide variety of colours, motifs and sizes, and in a wide variety of materials. The most important materials are textile, jute, plastic and wool.
  • A table runner protects your dining table against scratches, stains and candle wax. At the same time, it does not overshadow your dining table like a tablecloth, but skilfully sets the scene.
  • There are no limits to your imagination when decorating a table runner. Depending on the colour and occasion, you can decorate it with flowers, candles, bowls or figurines.

The Best Table Runner: Our Selection

Table runners: buying and evaluation criteria

Below you will find different aspects to distinguish and evaluate table runners. The following criteria can be used to compare table runners:

In the following sections we explain what is important for the individual characteristics.

Occasion

Depending on the occasion, you have different table runners to choose from. The selection ranges from Easter bunnies to Father Christmases.

Table runners are mainly used for special occasions such as Easter or Christmas. In coordination with the matching decoration, the table runner brings your dining room to life and creates the perfect ambience.

Depending on the colour and material, a table runner looks extremely elegant and is therefore also very popular at weddings. You will hardly find a table without this decoration.

When choosing a table runner, it is important to think about the occasion for which you want to use it. With good care, you can use a table runner for years.

Colour

Table runners come in all kinds of colours. From white to beige and green to black. Table runners also come in a wide variety of styles.

Colours such as light grey, dark grey or anthracite are suitable for interiors with modern furnishings, as these nuances look very stylish. If the interior is more rustic and contains a lot of wooden furniture, table runners in checked patterns harmonise particularly well with this style.

If you like it particularly playful, you can go for table runners with lace or special motifs. Daisies, shells or national flags, there is something for everyone in table runners.

Size

There is no standardised size for table runners. However, a frequently purchased size is a length of 150cm and a width of 40cm.

The sizes vary depending on the manufacturer and distributor. Alternatively, there are table runners that are sold by the metre, which means you pay per metre.

A table runner can hang down from the table. If you prefer this option, it is therefore important to add a few cm to the dimensions of your table. Otherwise, you can place the table runner wherever you like.

Material

There are many different materials a table runner can be made of. The most important materials are listed below:

  • Textile
  • Jute
  • Wool
  • Plastic

The most common table runners are made of textiles, whereby a distinction is made between cotton and polyester. Which material is best for you depends on several factors.

Table runners are usually only made of and sold in one of these materials. For you, this means that if you like a motif very much, you will usually only have this table runner made of wool, for example, to choose from.

Table runners: frequently asked questions and answers

In the following guide, we would like to answer the most important questions about table runners. We have selected the most important questions for you and will answer them shortly. After reading the guide, you will know all the important background information about table runners.

What is a table runner?

A table runner is THE "it piece" for a successful breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

Not only does it give your dining room the perfect ambience for everyday or festive occasions, it also protects your table from unwelcome stains.

In addition, a table runner protects sensitive table surfaces, no matter whether glass, wood or other materials. In addition, table runners prevent a well-known problem: Candle wax.

If you want to enjoy a romantic dinner for two by candlelight, there is nothing more annoying than having to unpack the cleaning utensils to remove candle wax.

A table runner is suitable for all households that do not want to cover their dining table like with a tablecloth, but want to draw attention to the table.

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A table runner can become a real eye-catcher together with the right decoration.
(Image source: Victoria Priessnitz / Unsplash)

It's hard to imagine weddings without a table runner. Especially in fresh, bright colours, they add a special touch to your wedding venue.

What types of table runners are there?

If you want to buy a table runner, you can choose between different materials. Below, we have summarised the most important types of table runners and present the advantages and disadvantages of the individual materials in more detail:

Material Advantages Disadvantages

Textile

cotton: breathable and sustainable Polyester: dries quickly, very easy to clean cotton: long drying time Polyester: electronic charge

Jute

Breathable and robust, sustainable Colour fading possible, creases

Wool

crease-resistant, not susceptible to odour or dirt lower tear resistance, sensitive to moths

Plastic

inexpensive, weather-resistant not all plastic recyclable, flammable

Textile table runners are usually either cotton or polyester. Cotton is breathable and sustainable because it is a renewable resource. However, cotton takes a long time to dry after washing. In contrast, polyester is dry again within a very short time. Polyester is generally very easy to care for. The disadvantage of this fabric is electronic charging.

Jute is a natural fibre and is particularly popular in bohemian style, or boho for short. The advantages of this material, apart from the environmental aspect, are its breathable, robust properties.

Wool is an animal product. The part of the body from which the wool is obtained is decisive for its quality. It is crease-resistant and neither odour- nor dirt-prone. However, the material has a lower tear resistance than other materials and is sensitive to moths.

Plastic, also called synthetic material, is a less expensive material. One advantage of this material is its weather resistance, but not all plastic can be recycled. Furthermore, the material is particularly flammable.

What does a table runner cost?

There is a wide price range between table runners. On the one hand, it depends on the material you choose, on the other hand, on the size of the table runner and where you buy it.

Material Price range

Textile

8 - 50 €

Jute

15 - 125 €

Wool

13 - 120 €

Plastic

8 - 35 €

For table runners made of wool and jute, you have to reckon with a higher financial outlay, whereby there is again a difference between the various manufacturers.

In contrast, you can get textile and plastic table runners for as little as €8. You can often get table runners made of these materials at even lower prices during sales.

What are the alternatives to a table runner?

There are different ways to protect your table from scratches or stains and make it look good at the same time. In the following section, we will give you a brief overview of the two alternatives to table runners:

Alternative Description

Tablecloth

Tablecloths come in a variety of colours and designs. They can give your dining room that certain something. However, your dining table moves completely into the background because it is no longer visible. Tablecloths are made of different materials. The most popular are cotton, oilcloth and linen.

Placemat

A placemat is designed to place plates and cutlery on. It is therefore a good protection against spills and spills. However, it cannot be decorated.

What is the best way to lay and decorate a table runner?

A table runner can be laid out in any way. You can either let it hang down over the table, lay it across or place a shorter one in the middle of the table.

There are no limits to your imagination when decorating the table runner. Basically, you can let off steam and do anything you like.

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While weddings tend to opt for more festive and ostentatious table runners, a simple table runner can also exude style and create a charming atmosphere.
(Image source: Hannah Busing / Unsplash).

In the following, we would like to give you a few tips on how to set the perfect scene for table runners:

  • Flowers: You can't go wrong with flowers on a table runner, especially in spring. Light-coloured table runners in particular can be combined excellently with flowers. It's best to pick out the table runner first and then coordinate the flowers with it.
  • Width of the table runner: Make sure that the table runner is never wider than half the width of your dining table. This will make your table look longer.
  • Match the colour to the seasons: While you should go for light colours in spring, you can go for dark shades such as dark red in autumn/winter. In autumn, you can pick up leaves from outside and use them to decorate the table runner.

Conclusion

A table runner creates a pleasant ambience while protecting the surface of your dining table from scratches, stains and candle wax. It comes in a variety of colours and motifs.

The perfect colour of your table runner should be coordinated with the occasion / season. There are no limits to your imagination when it comes to decoration. If you want to make your dining table an eye-catcher, you should definitely go for a table runner.

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