Small things can make a big impact when you’re planning an event. Table runners are one of those modest, inexpensive details that carry a lot of power.

Runners for tables can change the look of a venue by adding color, texture, intrigue and valuable brand recognition. They infuse style and professionalism into all types of events, from trade shows to wedding receptions.

With so many dining table runner options out there, it can be tough to know where to start. Just keep reading … I’ve got plenty of information and great table runner ideas.

What is the point of a table runner?

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Table runners at Totally Promotional are mainly used to give visibility to your logo or other custom-printed table runner design. They are typically draped across the shorter width of a table, touching the floor in front.

Table runners are an extremely versatile way of decorating any table but they do much more than that. Personalized table runners can:

  • Promote your theme color when used on top of neutral-colored table covers
  • Add extra elegance and keep a wedding theme consistent
  • Boost brand recognition when printed with your company logo
  • Spread a message such as breast cancer awareness
  • Give a pop of color and a dash of charm to a bare table
  • Conceal unsightly blemishes on tables such as water marks
  • Provide a protective layer on tables to place flower vases, photos and other decorations
  • Offer protection against spills or other liquid damage (Totally Promotional table runners are made with liquid repellent)
  • Create an atmosphere for guests that is memorable and meaningful
  • Share a glimmer of your personality when customized with your own unique design

9 useful table runner ideas and tips

customized navy table runner with a full color imprint

The expert advice I’m about to give you from our team is backed by more than 30 years of experience in marketing and event planning. Read on for helpful table runner ideas and advice about table cloth runners:

1. Is there a standard size for table runners?

Totally Promotional’s most popular table runner size is 30 inches by 72 inches. It’s a really good fit for a standard 6-foot table.

A standard 6-foot table measures 72 inches long, 30 inches wide and 29 inches tall. Our 30-inch-wide-by-72-inch-long table runner will reach the floor in front and hang down in back about 13 inches.

The table runner size you choose will depend on the size of your table and how you want the runner to hang. A larger table runner width will cover more of your table and give you a bigger imprint space.

Custom table runner sizes at Totally Promotional include:

Note: The above table runner sizes are also available without imprints for even bigger savings. Check out our blank table runners and table covers.

2. Should table runners hang over the table or touch the floor?

Tablecloth runners placed over table covers will look their best when both drape to the same length. So if your table cover touches the floor in front, your table runner should, too.

However, if your table runner is being placed on a bare table, it should hang down at least 6 inches from the top in front.

3. Can you use table runners on round tables?

Table runners with logos are perfect for round tables and just about any other shape. Just be sure to center them and allow the front to drape where your business logo or design will get the most exposure.

4. What material is best for table runners?

Polyester is a low-maintenance material that tops the list for high-quality and durability. Runners for tables at Totally Promotional are all made with 100 percent polyester. We treat this versatile fabric with liquid repellent, which resists stains and makes cleanup easy.

Polyester is naturally wrinkle-resistant so your customized table runners will look great every time you use them. Learn how to fold a table cover to keep it looking its best.

5. How do you clean a table runner?

Polyester table runners can be placed in a washing machine or hand-washed in warm water with mild detergent. We recommend air drying to protect your custom design. Do not dry clean your table runners.

Every table runner and table cover at Totally Promotional is infused with liquid repellent to keep them looking great use after use.

6. How do you customize a table runner?

how to order customized table runners at totally promotional

Start by choosing the table runner size that best fits your needs. In our easy checkout process you’ll be asked to select a full-color or blank table runner, the quantity and your ZIP code. You also have the option of choosing rush production and delivery times.

Next, you’ll decide on the table runner color. We can send you product color samples if you’re trying to match a specific color or just aren’t sure.

You can email your logo, text or other type of design later or upload it during checkout. Either way, you’ll be sent a digital mockup from your personal designer to approve before your order is sent to production.

Once you’ve completed the checkout process and approved your artwork, our team will begin creating your table runners!

7. Get eye-catching colors at budget prices

All of our runners for tables include full-color designs unless you choose blank options. We also offer about two dozen product colors so you can find exactly what you need to accent your theme, company colors or runners for tables at weddings.

8. Save with FREE delivery

Every elegant table runner at Totally Promotional includes FREE delivery to locations within the Continental United States. Enjoy the savings!

9. Avoid setup charges

Shoppers at Totally Promotional do not pay for print setup fees when ordering personalized table runners. It’s another big savings we love to pass onto our customers!

10. Nab the FREE bag!

Every custom table runner you purchase comes with a FREE carrying bag for your convenience. This is an absolute essential item for carrying your table runners to special events. The durable bags will keep your table runners safe, dry and clean on the way to parties and banquets.

Start shopping for table runners today

vibrant full color table runner outside

Without a doubt, you’ll want to incorporate these table runner ideas for your next employee banquet or anniversary party. Shopping table runners has never been easier or more affordable! With free delivery, free setup and 24 trendy colors to choose, this may be the best purchase you make all year!

Order a few personalized table runners today and make your big event one to remember!

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Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.

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