Tabletop: Kraft Paper Table Runner

At Remodelista, we’ve long loved the idea of using recycled-fiber Kraft paper as an instant table runner for special occasions. Amy (of the blog Good Gumption) takes the idea a step further: “On a recent visit to Bar Jules in San Francisco, I was charmed by how they keep track of table reservationsóthey simply write the name of the person who’s reserved the table directly on the Kraft paper runner. Why not apply the same concept at home and use Kraft paper in lieu of table runner/place cards?”

Above: Keep a set of 36 Cedar Color Pencils in a Tube (made from recycled cardboard) on the table; $11.25 at Muji online.

Above: A roll of 36-inch-wide, 612-foot-long Kraft Butcher Paper, made from recycled fiber, is $40.47 at Reliable Paper.

Above: A Single Roll Paper Cutter that sits on a counter or mounts to the wall or under the counter is $46.95 for the 36-inch wide cutter at Amazon.

Above: We like this idea: a Kraft paper dispenser installed near the kitchen, useful for gift wrapping as well. Photos via Utah Style & Design Magazine.

For another fun use for Kraft paper, see Remodelista’s post on Accessories: Book City Covers.


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for the information.

Mandi A.
Amanda A6 years ago


rene davis
irene davis6 years ago


Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago

seems like quite a waste of paper, even if it is recycled paper.

KARLOLINA G6 years ago


Meghan F.
Meghan F6 years ago

Woukd be fun for a kids table to keep them busy.

Carol P.
Carol P6 years ago

Though this is better than plastic table cloths, investing in something reusable would be even better.

Because most paper recycling doesn't accept paper that is soiled with food, this can't even be recycled when you're done. Name tags can be put on smaller pieces of paper, and then recycled.

Not to mention that it leaves your table susceptible to spills on the areas that it doesn't cover, and won't protect surfaces from heat the way cloth does.

If you want variety, get a neutral cloth table cloth that hides stains well and is easy to wash, then add your variety with items from around your home, old toys as a centerpiece for a kids event, pine cones collected from outside for the holidays, etc.

And if you really need plastic, get one of those good, thick, picnic table covers that can be wiped off and reused.

Jane Warre
Jane Warren6 years ago

I agree with the wastage comments above,
and also:
Doesn't writing "the name of the person who’s reserved the table directly on the Kraft paper runner" at Bar Jules sometimes lead to problems?
People reserve a whole table, not specific seats. Seating decisions should be left up to the customers.

Edit F.
Edit Fekécs6 years ago