Post # 1
I’m planning on getting burlap or linen runners for my rustic wedding and am not sure what size to order. Do they touch the dinner plates, do they need to be a certain distance form the dinner plates? My tables tables are 8.375′ long and 33.5″ wide. What size do you think the runners should be?
Post # 4
In Suzanne Von Drachenfels’ book “The Art of the Table: A Complete Guide to Table Setting, Table Manners, and Tableware,” she suggests that a table runner should be 14 to 17 inches wide. Martha Stewart says to make it as wide as you think looks good, while others say that a table runner should be one-third the width of your table.
Pick the length and width that look right for your table. If you are unsure, cut a piece of butcher paper to the desired width and length and lay it on the table to see how that size looks. As long as it looks elegant and beautiful, the exact measurements do not matter.
The easiest thing is to do a mockup of your table at home. Set up two place settings across from each other on your own table, have the outside edges of the plates 31.5″ apart (plates should be 1″ from the edge of the table), and see how much room is left in the middle. There are no rules about the plates touching the runner. Do what looks best.
Here is a pic of a very narrow table that would have looked silly if the runner was narrow enough to not touch the plates. They picked a wider runner that looks great.