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Nautical Table Runners and Centerpieces

Updated on September 11, 2014

Nautical Table Scarves and Centerpieces

Would you like to add a special nautical touch to your home? Decorate your tables with beautiful nautical table runners and centerpieces found here. And, they're not just for the dining room, either, though you can certainly start there.

First. place a lovely nautical runner (also sometimes called a scarf) on the tabletop, sideboard, or even a bedroom dresser. Next, anchor it in the center with the nautical or coastal centerpiece of your choice. Presto! You're done, and you have a beautifully decorated room.

You may also be interested in my tips for using table runners at dinner time, which mentions several different ways to use them.

Shown above: Resin Coral Centerpiece (details below)


Seahorses for Your Table - Seagrass Beige Scarf

Note how this fabulous seahorse table runner is placed crossways. This is nice to do when you are NOT setting up for a meal.

However, I strongly advise AGAINST this approach if you happen to have a small, playful kitten who likes to grab at and climb on things. That could cause a minor disaster. I speak from experience.

The size is 16" x 90".

Tips for Using Table Runners - Simple Guidelines

If you've not used table runners or scarves before, you may think of them as old fashioned. Quite the contrary! Though they never really went out of style, we have become a lot more casual in our approach to dining, and use them less often.

However, there are indications that they are enjoying a resurgence. So, if you're wondering about their proper use, here are some general guidelines for starters.

Note that today, the traditional rules are often broken, and this list presents a combination of the stricter traditions and observed modern usage.

  1. TABLECLOTHS. Runners can be used with or without a tablecloth underneath. It's generally accepted that using a runner alone is for less formal occasions.
  2. CENTERPIECES. Place your Centerpiece in the center of the scarf.
  3. MULTIPLE RUNNERS: (Non traditional settings) Use one full length runner lengthwise and lay one or more shorter ones across the breadth of the table, with place settings in between.
  4. PRINTED RUNNERS should be used on top of a solid tablecloth of a coordinating color, or on a bare table. Just make sure that the fabric and color(s) of the runner compliments the surface beneath it.
  5. SIZE. Traditionally, the runner should be 1/3 as wide as your table, and long enough to hang over 6" on each end.
  6. LESS FORMAL SIZE: A non-tassled runner of a shorter length that doesn't hang over the ends may be used, anchored by a centerpiece in the middle.

Table Runners from Patch Magic - Enhance Your Dining Décor with These Beauties

These scarves are a wonderful alternative to tablecloths, or can be used in addition to combination with the cloth.

(See "Tips for Using Table Runners," above)

The ones shown in this section are by Patch Magic, a company that does some coastal designs in both home décor and fashion accessory items.

Patch Magic Ocean View Table Runner, 72-Inch by 16-Inch
Patch Magic Ocean View Table Runner, 72-Inch by 16-Inch

By the sea... with a conch shell, starfish and a classic black and white striped lighthouse


Bid on a Pretty Runner Today - eBay Finds

There are often some surprising 'finds' on eBay. You really never know just what you'll find on the popular auction site.

Check below for a nautical table runner available there today.

Do You Use Table Runners? - (a poll)

Do You Use Runners on Your Dining Table

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More Nautical Table Runners - For a Lovely Dining Experience

Don't forget to take a measurement before ordering, to make sure you are getting the proper length!

Ideally, the runner should be about 12" longer than the table - giving enough length to hang over 6" on each end. (Traditional settings)

For example, the blue and whilte one shown here is 12" wide, and 72" long. It's the right length for a 60" table.

Not only are chevron stripes are very popular right now, but they are a natural for a nautical theme, so this one is a good choice.

Good news - It's machine washable, too.


Coral Centerpiece in Resin - for a Nautical Décor

This is the same faux Coral Centerpiece that was shown above, in the beginning of this page.

Use it alone, with a pretty fabric wrapped around the base, or create a grouping of several sea themed items, using this or another coral as the focal point.

Yes, it's "faux" - made of resin, not real sea coral. And, thank goodness for that! A piece of coral like this takes years and years to geneate.

I sincerely hope that no one today would even consider using a piece of an actual coral reef on their table! After all, coral doesn't grow on trees!

It's only seven and a half inches tall.
That means those on one side of the table won't be stretching their necks to see and talk to those on the other.

Making Your Own Nautical Themed Centerpiece

Would you like to make your own nautical centerpiece?

Here's a nice and easy how to example.

The video is short and sweet - under two minutes. The materials are fairly inexpensive, ane the creative skills needed to complete the project are minimal.

In short, it's something just about anyone can pull off. Have a watch and see for yourself!

How to Make a Simple Nautical Centerpiece

Set Of 3 Seashell Candle Holders - with Seashells and Sand - a Complete Set!

Unlike some other candle holders that you may see, this set of three actually DOES include the candles, sand, and seashells, as shown in the picture.

Isn't THAT a refreshing change?

The three holders in the range in height from 6" to 10".

Seashell Centerpieces - for a Coastal Flavor on at Dinnertime

Seashells come in an almost endless array of shapes, sizes, and colors. So, it shouldn't be difficult to find a seashell centerpiece with elements that are pleasing to you.

Large Sea Shells are Popular Marine Centerpieces

A Florida Crown Conch (Melongena corona) at low tide
A Florida Crown Conch (Melongena corona) at low tide | Source
Badash Glass Conch Shell
Badash Glass Conch Shell

Another beautiful hand blown piece - this one inspired by a species of conch.


Florida Crown Conch

The Florida Crown Conch (Scientific name: Melongena corona) is an edible sea snail that's native to coastal Florida, all the way around the Gulf, and into eastern coastal Mexico.

They can grow to about 8" long.

People have probably used the shells of the various conch species in too many ways to count iover the centuries. The shells of some smaller species are still used in jewelry making. Larger ones are incorporated into home décor pieces forhome owners with a nautical or coastal décor.

The shells of certain conch species have been used as musical instruments, and even currency.

Some of the more spectacular species have inspired the work of artists and designers.

Two shell inspired glass centerpieces are shown here. One of the designs is based on a conch shell, the other that of a nautilus.

Glass Nautilus Plate w/ Stand
Glass Nautilus Plate w/ Stand

I'm partial to the nautilus motif, so this is my favorite, and it's on my own wish list.


Seashell Centerpieces - Your Opinion

Hae you ever used a seashell as a centerpiece, or part of one?

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Everyone Loves Dolphins - Use a Brass Dolphin Statue for a Centerpiece

Dolphins seems to be everyone's favorite marine mammal.

Why not use a decorative brass dolphin statue for a centerpiece, and then place it on a shelf or mantle when you're not using it on your bable?

This 13' tall pair of dolphins (the appear to be bottlenose) is done in solid brass.


Seahorse Photo Sculpture

from Zazzle

From one of the talented folks at Zazzle comes this seahorse photo sculpture, which can be purchased in any of four different sizes, from 2" x 3", up to 24" x 36".

The acrylic cut outs are on a black base.

Shelbysemail2 is the designer of this piece, and she's done an outstanding job of pairing the yellow spotted seahorse with bright green seagrass, and vibrantly colored scallop shells.

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    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      well leave it to a Squidoo lens to help me with something I've wondered about - I've wanted to use a table runner but wasn't sure of the size to choose or the various ways to use one (especially multiple runners) - your six points were helpful, thank you!

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      5 years ago

      I love the glass blown shells - those are gorgeous!

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      6 years ago

      Amazing collection... very pretty!

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      6 years ago

      Lighthouse lace tablerunner will make a great gift for my mom! Thanks!

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      6 years ago

      Really like nautical themed decorations,you have a great selection here.

    • DesignSpace profile image


      6 years ago

      These are really pretty! Great lens!

    • malena10 profile image


      6 years ago

      Lovely Seahorse Centerpiece

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very lovely nautical decorating ideas! :)

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @piedromolinero: Oh - Nice thought on that!

    • piedromolinero profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful pieces and a great idea. Also having live fish as a centerpiece is a great idea and it keeps the guests entertained the same time.

    • UKGhostwriter profile image


      6 years ago

      Fantastic ideas - great lens!

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      6 years ago

      They even make faux coral these days, I sure like the red and am particularly impressed with your quick guide to use of runners.


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