Elevate Your Thanksgiving Tablescape With These Festive Runners

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A festive runner is a great way to dress up your table for Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you place it on top of a tablecloth or use it on its own, a table runner can turn your regular ol' dining room table into a fancy one (even if it's the casual side of fancy).

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Table runners are relatively inexpensive and come in a wide array of styles and colors, so you're bound to find one that will complement your Thanksgiving tablescape. It doesn't just have to be used for Thanksgiving dinner, either—a fall-themed runner can adorn your table all season long. Whether your Thanksgiving tablescape vibe is elegant, modern, boho, rustic or super informal, we've got a table runner to suit your aesthetic.

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What to Consider When Purchasing a Thanksgiving Table Runner

Length:​ Your dining table will be the deciding factor in the length of your table runner, so be sure to measure the table before making your purchase, otherwise you could end up with a Thanksgiving table runner that either doesn't hang over the sides of the table or doesn't reach the full length of the table. In general, a table runner should be 12 inches longer than your table with six inches of extra material hanging over both ends. If you're placing a table runner over a tablecloth, the runner should be slightly shorter than the tablecloth. The good news is most table runners come in several sizes.

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Material:​ There are several materials to choose from when it comes to table runners. Marble or glass tables tend to pair well with table runners made from silk, satin or polyester, while tables made of wood or metal look best with a table runner made from cotton, linen or burlap.

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Care:​ Not all table runners are machine-washable or easy to care for, but if you have kids or just want to make your holiday table cleanup easier, consider one that you can throw in the wash or spot clean. Since Thanksgiving dinner can often be a little hectic, spills are inevitable. So, do yourself a favor and get a table runner that's easy to clean to make your Thanksgiving a little less stressful.

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Scroll on to take a look at our list of the best Thanksgiving table runners of 2022.

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1. DII Honey Gold Braided Table Runner

$11.90 - $17.59 at Amazon

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$11.90 - $17.59 at Walmart

If you want a table runner that can be used during the fall season and beyond, this braided cotton table runner is a great option. While it comes in 16 color options, the honey gold is the perfect nod to fall. In fact, all the colors work well for a year-round, everyday table runner. It has lots of texture, is full of detail and the fringed edges add to its beauty.

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At a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 15" x 72", 15" x 108"
  • Material:​ Cotton
  • Care:​ Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
  • Color Options:​ 16

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2. Benson Mills Harvest Legacy Damask Fabric Table Runner

$16.99 at Amazon

This rust-colored table runner featuring fall leaves can be dressed up or down. The shiny fabric will brighten things up on your dining table throughout the harvest months. It's even great for Halloween—just add some jack-o'-lanterns, a decorative skeleton or two, and some candy on the table and you've got yourself a spooky dining table. This easy-to-clean runner comes in four color options, and you can also buy matching napkins and tablecloths in various sizes.

At a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 13" x 72"
  • Material:​ Polyester, cotton
  • Care:​ Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
  • Color Options:​ 4

3. The Holiday Aisle Jenner Geometric Thanksgiving Table Runner

$17.99 - $19.99 at Wayfair

This table runner is so eye-catching, it almost acts as its own Thanksgiving centerpiece. The fall colors, harvest pumpkins, turkeys and autumn leaves will be a great background for your Thanksgiving meal. The table runner is easy to care for, so even if it gets spilled on, you can easily throw it in the wash on a delicate cycle so it's ready to use again next Thanksgiving.

A​​t a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 16" x 60", 16" x 84"
  • Material:​ Polyester, cotton
  • Care:​ Delicate wash
  • Color Options:​ 1

4. Glamburg Farmhouse Jute Burlap Table Runner

$15.99 at Walmart

$16.99 at Amazon

Whether you want a table runner to add some Thanksgiving table decor or as a safe spot to place the hot turkey, this jute burlap table runner is good for both. This runner won't reach the full length of most tables, but it's perfect for holding centerpieces on a small or medium table or even a coffee table. It's ideal for a home that already has a variety of rustic, farmhouse decor. This one can only be spot cleaned, but if something stains it, you can always flip it over and use the reverse side for next year's Thanksgiving.

A​​t a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 13" x 36"
  • Material:​ Jute burlap
  • Care:​ Spot clean
  • Color Options:​ 1

5. Michaels Autumn Pumpkin Table Runner

$33.49 at Michaels

As your family gathers around the table on Thanksgiving day, this blue/gray pumpkin table runner will serve as a pretty base for the rest of your fall table decor. Made of a polyester twill blend, the runner has finished hemmed edging and a single-sided print. The only downfall is that it comes in one size, which limits the tables it'll work for.

A​​t a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 16" x 90"
  • Material:​ Polyester twill
  • Care:​ Machine wash, line dry
  • Color Options:​ 1

6. Linden Street Watercolor Leaves Table Runner

$25.20 at JCPenney

This off-white table runner featuring a bunch of fallen leaves will get you and your family in the mood for a fall harvest. Not only is it a great table runner for your Thanksgiving table setting, but it's also a festive way to add some fall decor to your dining room and home decor throughout the entire season.

A​​t a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 14" x 72"
  • Material:​ Cotton
  • Care:​ Machine wash
  • Color Options:​ 1

7. Harvest Autumn Bliss Cutwork Multicolor Table Runner

$18.75 - $30.00 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Intricately cut into shapes of various leaves, this table runner will spruce up any dinner party in the fall season, especially the ultimate dinner party—Thanksgiving. It works nicely for both formal and casual dinners. This non-reversible runner is available in four sizes, so chances are good that you'll be able to find one that fits your table.

A​​t a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 14" x 54", 14" x 72", 14" x 90", 14" x 108"
  • Material:​ Polyester
  • Care:​ Machine wash
  • Color Options:​ 1

8. DII Buffalo Check Tabletop Runner

$8.13 - $12.66 at Amazon

$9.95 at Walmart

You can't go wrong with a classic buffalo check table runner, especially an orange and white one that fits perfectly with the Thanksgiving theme. The size of this table runner works well for a table that fits eight to 10 people. It comes in 14 different color options, so if you're a fan, you can also buy cinnamon for the Christmas season, navy for the Hanukkah season or any other color for everyday use.

A​​t a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 14" x 108"
  • Material:​ Cotton
  • Care:​ Machine wash, tumble dry
  • Color Options:​ 14

9. Comken Thanksgiving Table Runner with Maple Leaves, 2-Pack

$9.99 at Amazon

A table runner two-pack is ideal for Thanksgiving dinners with several guests sitting at more than one table. This lace and polyester blend table runner featuring pretty autumn leaves will fit a table for four to six people. Leading up to Thanksgiving, one or both of the table runners can be used as decoration on a fireplace mantle, countertop, or any other area in your home for some fall decor.

A​​t a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 13" x 72"
  • Material:​ Lace, polyester
  • Care:​ Machine wash, hand-wash, line dry
  • Color Options:​ 1

10. Hexagram Burlap Thanksgiving Table Runner

$14.99 at Amazon

If a cartoon turkey wearing a hat is more your style for table decor, you're going to love this burlap table runner. In addition to a turkey behind some pumpkins and gourds, this table runner features an orange and white buffalo check design that reads "Give Thanks." It's available in several styles for various holidays, but there are two Thanksgiving designs—one featuring a turkey and another featuring a gnome.

A​​t a Glance:

  • Dimensions:​ 13" x 72"
  • Material:​ Linen
  • Care:​ Hand wash
  • Color Options:​ 2

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