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How Long Should a Table Runner Be I Graf Lantz

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How Long Should a Table Runner Be?

A table runner is a great way to bring authority and cohesion to your tablescape. Not only can they add a pop of color, but they also enhance the flow of your table. They serve as a catch-all for your favorite serving dishes during dinner or as a platform for a centerpiece.


One of the most important parts of choosing a table runner is ensuring you find the right size. Read on to learn more about how long your table runner should be to be the most aesthetically pleasing.

How to Choose a Table Runner

So, how long should a table runner be? It ultimately depends on the size of your table and your personal design preference!


Most design experts agree that a formal table runner should span the length of your table and ideally hang over the edge at least six inches. This is perfect for a classic look and can showcase your table runner’s shape and design. However, it shouldn’t hang further than your tablecloth (if you’re using one).


A table runner that’s shorter than your table can also provide a nice contrast. Shorter table runners can help create a foundation for your centerpiece without taking up too much space. The best way to choose a table runner is to measure your table first and then determine if you want a table runner that’s short, a perfect fit, or long.

Common Table Runner Sizes

There are all kinds of table runner sizes that are perfect for everything from a smaller coffee table to a large dining room table. According to Designing Idea, most table runners range from the shorter size of 36 inches to the longer 108 inches long. 


However, you can also find table runners that are longer, like our hemp table runners that measure 20 inches by 120 inches. This size is perfect for longer tables and achieving the perfect overhang on either side.


When it comes to width, you’ll find most are between 10 to 15 inches wide, though some can be wider. A table runner is typically a fraction of the width of your table so it doesn’t get in the way of your dinnerware.


As you can see, since tables come in a variety of lengths there’s no one standard size for a table runner. You can add an eye-catching table runner to your countertop, console table, round tables, and more. The possibilities are truly endless.

Best Material For a Table Runner

Now that you know how long a table runner should be, it’s time to find the right table runner for your needs.


When shopping for a table runner, it’s the material that truly counts. At Graf Lantz, our Merino Wool Felt Table Runner is made with miracle fiber (merino wool) that is both durable and stylish. It is odor, stain, heat, and dirt resistant and provides the perfect place for your plates, centerpieces, and more to feel at home.


For something longer and more vibrant, consider our Asa Large Hemp Table Runner that’s handmade and woven from 100% organic hemp with a contrasting merrow edge. This sustainable material becomes softer after every wash while remaining durable to make sure your table not only looks good, but also feels great.


Shop our full selection of table runners made from merino wool or hemp today and elevate your tablescape.

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