From informal lunches to elegant parties with family and friends, dining table runners are the underrated stars of any table spread.
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Top ways to decorate using table runners
Available in a variety of sizes, colours and textiles to suit just about anyone's taste, table runners make a bold and unique statement along the length of the table. They're versatile enough to be casual or ornate, acting as an easy means for harmonising your colour schemes or drawing together the theme of your table setting.
The traditional, long dining table runner is placed lengthwise and centered across a table, covering one-third of the surface area. It is usually long enough to leave some material hanging over the ends of your table - much like a tablecloth would. Short table runners are equally as popular but are generally better suited to a relaxed table setting.
As well as lengthways, some hosts might like to use slightly narrower and shorter table runners placed across the width of the table, in front of each chair as placemats, for easily separating place settings. Far from being limited to use on long, rectangular dining tables, the range of lengths available in dining table runners means they can be used to equally impressive effect on round, oval and square tables too.
Other dining table linen and accessories
Just because you're using a runner doesn't mean you can't pair it with a tablecloth. The right tablecloth and table runner combination can create an eye-catching layered effect.
Sometimes, you need more than just a cloth or runner to properly protect your table surface. Prolong the life and integrity of yours by shielding it against scratches, watermarks or heat damage with a table covering.
Placemats and coasters
Add colour, style and flair to your dining table, while consolidating the colours and theme of your tablecloth and/or runner with complementary placemats and coasters.
Napkins and napkin rings
People really do notice the little things, so take your table setting up a notch with cloth napkins and accompanying napkin rings.
Table linen accessories
There are many table linen accessories you can use to bring your table design together, while also serving practical functions such as keeping your table cloth and other table accessories in place when hosting an outdoor dining event.
Find the right table runners at Spotlight
Ready to buy? Shop through our table runners and buy online. But, before you do, make sure you consult our guide for setting an unforgettable dining table for more handy tips for styling a truly stunning dining table.
Alternatively, head into a Spotlight store to see the range in person, check out the accessories we have available, and speak with one of our friendly customer service team who'll be happy to answer your questions.