Unconventional Ways to Cover the Table

We love pretty much everything about Lisa and Alex's Montreal house tour, but the detail that's really remained with us is the way they covered their table in a woven rug. It's a warm, unexpected approach that sent us on a search for other out-of-the-ordinary ideas for tablecloths and runners...

As Lisa mentions in this post, using rugs on the table was common in early American homes. In her home, a worn but clean rug protects the tabletop from everyday use, while a regular tablecloth comes out for dinner parties.

Pretty much any type of textile can be repurposed as a table covering. We've seen Indian saris, curtains, and blankets used in lieu of traditional tablecloths.

For a table runner, try repurposing a scarf or using an unexpected material, like felt. We also like the idea of using decorative paper to dress up a party table, either as placemats or a runner. For more ideas, click here.

SHOWN ABOVE
1 Lisa and Alex's Craftsman Loft
2 Saris on the Table
3 Saguaro Table Runner from Plait
4 Art and Chel's IKEA Curtain Placemats
5 Wool Felt Table Runner from FilzFelt

Photos: Regina Yunghans, Janel Laban, Plait, Art and Chel / Apartment Therapy Flickr Pool, FilzFelt

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