How To Correctly Use Table Runners & Placemats When Setting a Table

How To Correctly Use Table Runners & Placemats When Setting a Table

There is actually a bit more than meets the eye when setting a dining room table correctly. Whether you plan on catering to the needs of guests in the near future or your family is celebrating a special occasion, a bit of knowledge can go a long way. Let us take a look at how runners and place mats should be arranged so that all guests are comfortable and able to enjoy a memorable dining experience.

The Configuration of Runners

One of the most common mistakes involves choosing table runners that have not bee sized properly. Most interior design experts recommend that the width of these runners should be about one-third the width of the table in question.

Their “drop” (how much they hang over either end) will normally equate to size inches. This length can be increased to between ten and 15 inches if you are hoping to achieve a more formal ambiance.

A Quick Look at How to Arrange Place Mats

Selecting the right table placemats is just as important and surprisingly, many mistakes can be made along the way. The first suggestion is to select mats that will not cause the table to appear overly cluttered. This will depend upon the size of the table as well as how many guests are attending the dinner.

Secondly, the fabric of the place mats should work in synergy with the linens. This can equate to a similar colour or a complimentary tone (such a cream-coloured runner offset with pastel hues). Not only are place mats highly functional, but they are intended to provide a decorative edge.

What About Materials?

You will often be able to choose between high-end products such as fine linens and more durable materials including PVC (a type of flexible and waterproof plastic). PVC could very well represent the better option if children will be present; any spills can be quickly wiped away.

Keep in mind that this is only a basic overview. If you have additional questions or should you be interested in learning more about the line of dining accessories provided by Express Tablecloths, please contact us directly.