One of the easiest ways to add a little personality to your entertaining space is to drape a runner atop your table. Here's the issue, though: A decently priced fall table runner that doesn't feature pumpkin, falling-leaf, or wicked-witch motifs is so hard to find—especially 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 budget on home decór, 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.
The ultimate all-season table runner, this open-weave runner 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.
Chic washed linen makes 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 your holiday feast.
This cotton runner's waterlily motif is inspired by one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's leaded stained glass window designs that never came to life. With its tailored corners and whimsical design, it's elegant and casual at the same time. This ditty will take you well into Hanukkah and Christmas, especially if you dress your dining table in glittery baubles.
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.
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.
Crocheted cotton runners like this one gained popularity during the 1970s, disappeared for a bit, and they've once again gained some traction. This laciness of this free-spirited number beautifully contrasts with a rustic farmhouse table, and it would also complement a holiday theme.
Don't rush to stow away your table runners once January 1 arrives. Instead, use them to bring texture and interest to other surfaces throughout your space, like a dresser or a credenza.
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 holiday table out West. Plus, its color and pattern could go with virtually anything else you incorporate on the tabletop.
This hand-beaded, peacock-tone runner is meant to rest in the center of a dining table; it won't extend past the table's edges: It's the perfect complement for a glamorous, showy centerpiece like tall, flowering branches or a flower-and-feather design.
This delicate woven-linen runner would look amazing on a whitewashed or otherwise weathered fall table. Its soft blush tone may feel more appropriate for spring or summer, but topped with the right accessories (darker plates, gold flatware, and richly hued florals), this runner is perfectly festive.
Yes, purple and orange technically clash, but this color combo is just so good here. 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 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.
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.
Brought to us by Hearth & Hand, Chip and Joanna Gaines's line of home décor for Target, this runner embodies everything we love about farmhouse design: It's simple, casual, and classic. Turn to the table runner to zhuzh up your Thanksgiving table, then keep it handy until the holidays (its blue-and-white colorway would go great with Hanukkah décor).
In this striped fall table runner, oh-so casual linen is trimmed by cotton lace, bringing a touch of refinement to an otherwise relaxed and rustic design. The runner's go-with-everything colorway allows the table accessory to be a welcome addition to harvest and holiday tables alike.
Embroidered with a stylized olive-leaf motif, this table runner effortlessly underscores a multitude of occasions, from everyday mealtimes to holiday soirees. We'd love to see it complemented by matte-black flatware and a simple floral arrangement of seeded eucalyptus and king protea.