The 15 Best Fall Table Runners for Under $50

A large dining table set outdoors, featuring a tablescape of gourds, pillar candles, wooden chargers, and green glassware.
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We feel your pain: A decently-priced fall table runner that doesn't feature pumpkin, falling-leaf, or wicked-witch motifs is so hard to find—just when you need it most.

Forget those too-literal table runners that begin circulating in September, proliferating every store's selection of table linens until you see them on clearance come late-November. (And nobody wants to bust their holiday budgets on home decor, especially if they're also hosting this year's Friendsgiving.) Every stylish tablescape calls for an affordable, workhorse runner that seamlessly takes you through autumn, the December holidays, and into the New Year.

There's no better time than now to start planning those fall and winter tablescapes. These 15 table runners each cost less than $50—and look fabulous all year long.


A blue and white striped table runner that resembles ticking fabric.
Threshold Woven Stripe Table Runner $18

For the ultimate all-season runner, this cotton, blue-stripe version looks just as good as the basis for an abundant Thanksgiving tablescape as it does draping the table during a fresh summer brunch. Fringed edges give it a rustic vibe.


A woven jute table runner with fringed ends.
Pier1 Jute Natural Table Runner $25

Handwoven cotton and jute come together for an organic, modern runner that doesn't look weighty or overpowering. Its neutral tone goes well with any color scheme you choose while decorating for Thanksgiving.


A graphic table runner featuring a water lily motif and draped over a table.
KAF Home Water Lilies Printed Table Runner $35 $25

This cotton runner's waterlily motif is actually one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's leaded, art glass window designs that never came to life—and is, at once, elegant and casual with its tailored corners and whimsical design. This ditty will take you well into Hanukkah and Christmas, especially if you dress your dining table in glittery baubles.


A black mud-cloth table runner draped over a dining table.
Union Rustic Gillispie Cotton Table Runner $36

Traditional African mudcloth fabric was the inspiration for this tribal, cotton number. Four continuous pieces of jute twine zigzag along its symmetrical white lines, and its rich, dark tone sets the mood for fall's shorter days and longer nights.


A handwoven blue-green and tam table runner with fringed ends.
Anthropologie Taka Table Runner $48

Forest-green fibers are woven into this taupe runner, forming vertical lines of diamonds traveling up and down the piece. Its fringed edge makes it casual enough for everyday meals but it would be just as apropos for a Christmas table setting.


A gray cotton canvas table runner draped over a white surface.
West Elm Cotton Canvas Runner $34

This versatile canvas version is unapologetically plain but casual and tailored; it's not looking to make a fuss. Its stonewashed-gray tone evokes a coastal holiday vibe. We imagine two boughs of fresh, magnolia-leaf garlands resting on either side.


A selection of red, brown, and blue plaid paper table runners alongside an orange and white and aqua striped one.
Hester & Cook Recycled Paper Table Runners $28

Sometimes, big holiday parties call for disposable tableware options (just don't go overboard on them). These recycled-paper table runners are refreshingly stylish; plus, there's no need to feel guilty about using one just once.


A crocheted cotton table runner layered over a long wedding table with a brown tablecloth.
OurWarm Crochet Cotton Table Runner $11

Crocheted cotton runners like this one gained popularity in the 1970s, disappeared for a bit, and they've once again gained some traction. This laciness of this bohemian number beautifully contrasts with a rustic farmhouse table, and would also work for any Hanukkah or Christmas table.


A black and white Heavyweight Check Fringed Table Runner.
Design Import Heavyweight Check Fringed Table Runner $45

This buffalo-checked cotton table runner is weighty and evokes the coziness of a woolen fireside blanket. It's the perfect addition to a snowy Thanksgiving table out West. Plus, its neutral tones go with virtually any other color you incorporate on the tabletop.


A turquoise blue and green beaded table runner in a floral paisley-style design.
Linen Clubs Hand Made Beaded Table Runner $33

It won't extend past the table's edges: This hand-beaded, peacock-tone runner is meant to rest in the center of a dining table. It's the perfect complement for a glamorous, showy Thanksgiving centerpiece like tall, flowering branches or a flower-and-feather centerpiece.


A woven orange fabric table runner with fringed edges and three burgundy tassels on each end.
Opalhouse Woven Table Runner with Tassels $18

This delicate, woven-linen runner would look amazing on a whitewashed, or otherwise weathered fall table. Its seasonal persimmon tone is perfect for fall, but it's festive enough—with its fringed edges and burgundy tassels—to take you right into the New Year.


A marblized table runner underneath a stack of bowls with matching napkins inside.
World Market Gray Marble Print Table Runner $30

Here's a neutral, slightly-dressed-up cotton option in beachy shades of sand, slate, rust, and gray-blue. Its swirly, marbled design was screen printed (on one side) for maximum realness. We imagine this one decking out a Thanksgiving table in snowy, bucolic New England.


A table with an orange and blue hemstitched runner, blue and yellow vases, and geometric wallpaper in the background.
Drew Barrymore Flower Home Star Stitch Table Runner $15

Yes, purple and orange technically clash, but this color combo is just. so. good. This cotton runner is perfect for all seasons. But on a festive fall table, gussied up with orange and white gourds, moody pillar candles, and gold flatware? Very chic, indeed. Delicate stitching throughout resembles charming, hand-done patchwork.


A navy table runner with a multicolored parrot and botanicals motif.
H&M Home Pattered Cotton Table Runner $13

A bold, eclectic choice, this inexpensive cotton runner features a flora-and-fauna print that's vaguely evocative of Timorous Beasties' Bloomsbury Garden fabric. We can see this runner as the basis for an abundant fall tablescape featuring tiered trays spilling over with red and green grapes, fruit bowls overfilled with clementines (stems on, of course), and greenery galore.


A multicolored, handwoven plaid table runner in autumnal colors.
Threshold Multi Plaid Table Runner $18

Although its colors (and soft, nubby texture) are so perfectly autumnal, we can easily see this fall table runner making another cameo at next year's Memorial Day BBQ.

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