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When decorating a table for any occasion or just for a family dinner, starting with the right table runner is essential. A fall table runner can be stunning, and everything else you add to the table will be icing on the cake. Some of the table runners we came across are out of the box and breathtaking.

Fall Table Runner ideas

Choosing a table runner holiday appropriate can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. Some table runners have beautiful fabrics, some are woven tapestries, but we think we have some that will surprise you with the ingenuity behind them. Keep reading for our favorite fall table runner ideas and find inspiration for your dining room table.

Fall Table Runner FAQs:

Are Table Runners Still Trendy?

Absolutely! Table runners are a timeless piece of interior decor and a great way to show off your style. Fall table runners are a perfect choice to make your dining area feel cozy and stylish, tying the room together. There are so many different ways to style a table runner. They are great for special occasions and daily use. Consider layering a table runner over your table cloth with a lovely table centerpiece for your next big day.

What are the Rules for Table Runners?

Traditionally, the general rules are that table runners should hang 6 inches over each end of your table but not longer than your tablecloth. But shorter table runners, those that do not hang over the table can be just as impactful and a wonderful way to show off the surface of your table. You'll see some amazing options in this post to bring your own style and flair to your fall table runner. You're sure to find the right table runner for your table.

Fall Table Runner

Burlap and Lace

Fall Table Runner by Willow Bloom Home with burlap and lace

Willow Bloom Home

Burlap and lace combine to make a gorgeous fall table runner from Willow Bloom Home.

This eye-catching centerpiece wouldn't be complicated to sew but could be made from special lace. Lace from a bridal veil, or grandma's wedding dress or an old tablecloth handed down from generations. It's a great DIY project to dress up your burlap table runner.

Plaid Blanket Runner

Sometimes chilly fall days might give you inspiration for a table runner.

Cuddling up in a blanket, made of beautiful colors very well could be just that inspiration. If you're looking for an alternative table runners, this is such a fun table runner idea.

This plaid blanket Katie at Baker Nest has used is cozy and astonishing.

Fall Table Runner by Sarah Ritthaler flannel blanket

Sarah Ritthaler

This table runner catches your eyes because of the intricate layering.

The buri table runner with a flannel blanket  from Sarah Ritthaler folded on top makes the perfect base for a centerpiece and other decorative elements. As you can see, plaid is available in many different colors to get the best combination for your table.

Twinkling lights add a touch of romance to this fall tablescape.


Fall Table Runner by B. Home Decor using macrame

B. Home Decor

Macrame is trending in significant ways right now. I love this table runner B. Home Decor featured. From wall decor, to plant hangers, to lamp accents and table runners, you can't go wrong with this look.

Shannon Leahy Events

Fall Table Runner by Shannon Leahy Events using macrame

Shannon Leahy Events

Some find it easy and relaxing to make their macrame, but if that isn't your cup of tea, you can purchase these beauties in different lengths and patterns. This table runner shown from Shannon Leahy Events would look stunning on any table. And the neutral colors generally used in macrame will work well with almost any color dinnerware.

You won't have to add much to these gorgeous fall table runners to look festive.

Striped Ticking Table Runner

Fall Table Runner by Mid County Journal using ticking stripe

Mid Country Journal

I love this table runner featured by Mid Country Journal. Not much else says farmhouse decor like this striped ticking table runner. It's simple and might tie together your curtains, kitchen linens or maybe even your sofa pillows.

The muted colors allow you to add more pops of colors to your centerpiece but still capture so much beauty.

Accents of Gold

Fall Table Runner by Kristine Brick Interiors using cream with square gold embellishments

Kristine Brick Interiors

Kristine Brick Interiors stunning linen table runner has just the right amount of sparkle with its gold accents to keep all eyes on your dining room table.

Your guests would for sure be dazzled by this tablescape.

Cowhide Table Runner

Fall Table Runner by Megan Ann McFarland using cowhide

Megan Ann McFarland

Howdy cowhide! This table thinks outside of the box for sure. Megan Ann McFarland brings the west indoors with this cowhide table runner.

Bring the turkey to this table and serve it up on plates being held on guinea hen feathered chargers that add great contrast to the brown and white cowhide table runner.

Wooden  Shutter

Fall Table Runner by Megan Charice Johnson window shudder

Tattered wooden shutters are the perfect rustic fall table runner.  We love to see salvaged pieces used in unexpected places like Johnson Farmhouse did here. Layered on top of a tablecloth, this is a rustic and original table setting.

This post is focused on table runners, but we couldn't help but adore the vintage books used as a plate charger.

Maybe you find out your guest's favorite book and use that as chargers. Or perhaps you use a dictionary (those are vintage for sure) and tear out the page you best feels defines your guest that will soon sit in that spot.

If you don't have a wooden shutter to use, you can also try wooden boards.

Painter Drop Cloth Ruffled Table Runner

Last but not least, here at Life on Summerhill we wanted to remind you of our painter drop cloth ruffled table runner. This fabric table runner is the perfect table runner for every day use or to dress up for the holiday season.

Good news – this DIY table runner was simple to make, but again there are some beauties out there you can get your hands on if you aren't able to sew.

Fall Table Runner by Life On Summerhill paint drop cloth


As you can see, there are so many unique ways to style your table runner. We're one step closer to the Thanksgiving holiday and hopefully you now feel one step closer to being ready to enjoy your day. But remember, table runners are for more than just formal occasions.

And remember, table runners aren't just for the dinner table. You can style a table runner for your coffee table, kitchen table or console tables as well.

If you fell in love with any of these designs, you can find them here:

Starting with a stunning fall table runner will help your table decor come together in a breeze. Your holiday table will look amazing. What is your favorite from these fall table runner designs? I'd love to hear your unique ideas in the comments.

We have more Thanksgiving tablescapes that are yummy right over here.

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Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Hi Linda, Thank you for the amazing post. Can you please advise where can I buy boho round placemats just like in the photo? Thanks

Linda McDonald

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Hi Michal! Thank you for your kinds words! If you go back to the post you can either click on the photo or the name of the person to who the boho table set belongs. That person will be able to give you more information about where they bought the placemats.

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Beth Havey

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Oh yes yes to all of these. Right now I have turquoise runner with orange and white pumpkin accents. My problem is always overloading and then there's no room for plates and silverware!!

Linda McDonald

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Haha! I know what you mean. I have to tell myself "no" sometimes.


Thursday 25th of October 2018

Just beautiful and hard to pick a favorite!!

Linda McDonald

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Thank you! It is hard to pick a favorite.