CHOOSING THE LENGTH OF A CUSTOM TABLE RUNNER

THE EASIEST AND MOST ACCURATE METHOD

Cucina Rustica table runners are a bespoke product. This means that we make each table runner to fit your table rather than having predetermined lengths. When it comes to making decisions about the finished length of a table runner, there are a few considerations to make. But don’t worry, we’ll help you through the choices. 

Firstly, you will need to decide whether your table runner runs along the length of the table or across the width of the table. Let’s take a look at the options…

For table runners that run along the length of the table

The most common table runner, runs along the length of the table and hangs off each end of the table. The table settings, the plates and cutlery, for each diner sit mostly on a bare table with this style. There tend to be fewer spills and stains on a table runner that runs along the length. Aesthetically, they also provide more drama for central table displays and platters.

To determine the finished length, you will need to measure the length of the table top and add the drop for each end. If the ‘drop’ is a new term for you, read on and we will explain further. 

For table runners that run across the width of the table

An alternative look is to have multiple table runners that run across the width of the table. They define each table setting for the two diners that sit across from each other. The diners plate and cutlery sit entirely on the table runner. If you have a table that seats three diners on each side of the table, then three table runners are employed. This is a more intimate setting and connect the diners sitting opposite each other. If you are using table runners to protect your dining table, then this arrangement is ideal.

To determine the finished length of each table runner, you will need to measure the width of the table top and add the drop for each side.

What’s the drop?

The drop of a table runner is the length of fabric that hangs off the edge of the table. It provides an elegant finish and provides visual balance.

How to choose the right drop?

The right drop is somewhat subjective but is generally determined by your dining chairs. To determine the drop, you measure vertically from the top of the table to the top of the chair seat. Then deduct 1 cm. This is the ideal drop measurement.

If you don’t have chairs on the short ends of your table, we still recommend using the same method to determine the drop, just in case you need to add extra chairs. But, you can choose whatever drop that you think suits your style. Some people like them to hang a little lower. Some, like them to fall to the floor for dramatic effect. 

Calculating the final measurements

For table runners that run along the length of the table:

Table length + drop + drop = final table runner length

For table runners that run across the width of the table:

Table width + drop + drop = final table runner length 

Determining the cost of your table runner

To determine the cost of your table runner, use our online calculator to get an instant price. Use the equations above to find the finished length. Type it into our calculator and the price will be displayed.

If you would like to purchase it, press the add to cart button. In the event that you need multiple table runners for across the width of the table, adjust the quantity accordingly before you press the add to cart button.

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