Post # 1
Okay, so I’m having five foot round tables at our reception. I’m making my own burlap table runners.
I always picture that a table runner will go across the middle of your table and will hang off the edges of the table about 3-5 inches…. is this right???
I have people telling me that they aren’t supposed to hang off the edges at all, or that they’re supposed to hang halfway down the side, or be the same length as the tablecloth. None of these sound correct.
Post # 3
I think they should be longer than the table. I probably wouldn’t even notice if they were shorter or longer than the tablecloth though!
Post # 4
Right, kind of what I was thinking….
But Idefinitely think that to just the edge of the table (with no extra hanging) would look terrible!
Post # 5
I can imagine shorter or longer than the table, but I think your right that the same length as the table wouldn’t work well. If table runner were shorter, you might not want the outside place settings to be as close to the edge, wheras if it were longer, you could potentially use more of the edge space for place settings.
Just to demonstrate that there’s more than one way to run a table, table runners here in Germany are usually arranged so that they span the width rather than the length of the table — so you end up with each pair sitting across from each other sharing the same table runner. When set up like this, they usually hang about a foot over the edge of the table.
Post # 6
I would assume that they should hang down a foot or two, but that’s just me! I don’t know if there is a “right” or “wrong” way to have a table runner….
Post # 7
I had the idea first, then ran across a picture that became my inspiration. They have the runner on a rectangular table, but I think the length hanging off would still look great on a round table as well.
@Photograph:That’s a really good point about the places settings. I definitely need as many as possible, we will be having A LOT of guests.
This was my favorite example of a burlap runner:
Post # 8
Runners for round tables are harder to do I think. I was given the advice to make sure that all the runners on all the round tables were going in the same direction so that the room looks more uniform. And I would assume the runner is the same length as the tablecloth.
Post # 9
I think you can have them whatever way you like them, but I personally prefer them overhanging by at least a foot on either side. The ones we had went to the floor on both sides so we decided not to use them, but since you’re making them you can decide what you think looks best. A 3-5 inch overhang isn’t much, and depending on how soft or stiff the burlap is will probably dictate the length. Shorter may not lay right on the tables.
Post # 10
i like when they go about halfway down the tablecloth. it’s sort of a personal preference though, so do whatever you like!
Post # 11
Most pictures I see with table runners show them well past the edge of the table, and I would think that the length of the table cloth would make most sense.
Also, as for table runners, I also agree with ktbrady in that they may be difficult for round tables. Have you though of doing something like a circular piece of fabric in the middle of the table to give a similar effect and also add a bit of different texture/color?
Post # 12
I definitely think they’re supposed to hang over the edge. But exactly how much is totally up to you.
Post # 13
what about a smaller burlap circle in the center of the table? then you don’t have to worry about what hangs over the edges.
Post # 14
We are having round tables and two long feasting tables. To avoid the room not looking balanced with the runners possibly being set on the tables in different ways, I’m only doing them on the feasting tables and I’m doing burlap squares on the round tables. The runners will hang down 1 foot on each end of the feasting tables.
Post # 15
I wouldn’t mind doing just something in the center, but I’m having a tree that we took down form our yard cut into small round circular pieces (about an inch thick) and our centerpieces will be sitting on top of those….
Not sure what burlap only in the middle would look like.
Post # 16
When we were making the runners for my sister’s wedding, we decided that about a foot and a half extra on each end looked best.