How To Pick A Rug For Dining Room ?

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In a dining room, a rug serves as a centerpiece, gives the area a feeling of balance, and also be able to absorb the occasional spill. The Rug Decor has area rugs in many different sizes, shapes, and colors, so it's easy to find the rug you need to finish off the look of your dining room. A rug is one of the best ways to anchor a dining room or create a separate dining area in an open-concept space. A rug can also divide the dining area from the rest of the living space. The rug helps break up the room and fits in well with the rest of the furniture

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What size rug for the dining room?

When looking for a dining room rug, it's important to keep two measurements in mind: 

  • The size of your room and 
  • The size of your dining table. 

You don't want a rug that's too small to walk on, but you also don't want it to go too far past the dining room chairs, because that can make your furniture look too small. 8' x 10' or 9' x 12' is the most common size for a rug in a dining area. If you live in a small space or just have a dining space, look for a 5' x 8' or 6' x 6' square rug. 

dining room rug size guide

A dining room rug should be about the same size as a living room rug, but the table and chairs should be taken into account. Even when the chairs are pulled out so people can sit down, the legs should still fit comfortably on the rug. A dining room rug should leave at least 24 inches or 2 feet of space on all sides of the table so that guests can pull out chairs without tripping over the rug. An even larger boundary is preferable. To make sure you get the right size rug, measure your dining table, add at least 24 inches to each side, and tape off the area on the floor. When it comes to dining tables, rectangle rugs tend to look best with them. Both round and square tables work well with square and round rugs.

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Rug Size Guide For Round Dining Table

Round Dining Table


Round/Circular Rug (feet)

Square/Rectangular Rug (feet)

36’’ (3-4 seats)


    7’x7’ | 7’x9’

    42’’ (4-5seats)


      8’x8’ | 8’x10’



        8’x8’ | 8’x10’

        54’’ (6-7seats)


          9’x9’ | 9’x12’



            9’x9’ | 9’x12’

            72’’ (8-10seats)


              10’x10’ | 10’x14’

              • If the round dining table is 36 inches in diameter and accommodates 3-4 seats, a round rug of 7 feet, a square rug of 7x7 feet, and a rectangular rug of 7x9 feet is the right size.
              • Likewise, other sizes according to the size of the round dining table are mentioned above.

              Rug Size Guide For Rectangle Dining Table

              Dining Table Size (inches)
              Rug Size (feet)
              30'’x60’’ (4 seats)
                36’’x70’’ (6 seats)
                  32’’x76’’ (6 seats)
                    36’’x84’’ (8 seats)
                      39’’x90’’ (8 seats)
                        41’’x108 (10 seats)
                          30’’x120’’ (10 seats)
                            • For a rectangular dining table of 30x40 inches which accommodates 4 seats, a 6x9 feet rug is the right size. Similarly, other dining table sizes are mentioned in the above chart with the right rug sizes 
                            • Here, we can see in these charts, for the rug size of the dining room, only the size of the dining table is taken into account.

                            Why choose a flat-woven or low-pile rug?

                            Because spills happen and it's important to be able to pull a chair back easily, low-pile or flat-weave rugs are the best choices for the dining room. Keep the shag rugs, Moroccan carpets, and other thick, fluffy rugs in the living room, where they will be easier to clean and maintain. So, for your dining room, choose a flat-woven or low-pile rug with a height of 1/2 inch or less. We love jute and natural fiber rugs because of how they look, how long they last, and how cheap they are. Even light-colored patterned rugs are great for hiding spots and stains from food or drink.

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                            How to choose the color and design of the dining room rug?

                            Whether it's the pattern, design, or color, the style of the rug should match the room and, in the end, make it better.

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                            Since the rug is the focal point of the room, it's important to choose a color that goes with the rest of the decor and is also durable enough to live under the dining table. Lighter colors are neutral enough to work in many different settings, but they aren't always as easy to clean and don't hide spills or stains as well. Instead, choose a color that matches the accents in the room, such as the upholstery on the furniture or the artwork, but has enough depth to hide any spills that might happen during a meal.

                            Not only can bold colors and patterns add to your design, but they can also hide a lot of things in the room. If your table is in the middle of the room but your rug won't be, look for a rug with a pattern that goes all the way through it and avoid anything with a border. The off-center rug doesn't draw attention to itself because it has a bold, sweeping pattern. Also, if you are using the rug to hide a floor that needs to be refinished or fixed in some other way, a bright color or interesting pattern will help keep the focus on the rug.

                            Dining room rug Ideas

                            • Natural fiber rugs like jute and sisal were once only used in beachy or coastal decor, but now they're used in almost every style, from modern to farmhouse chic. Jute is something that will always be around.
                            • You can add color and pattern to your room with faded rugs, whether you buy them used or buy them to look like they have been used. Plus, you can hide the occasional spill without the need for bright colors.
                            • Traditional furniture goes well with a Persian or Oriental rug, while mid-century modern furniture goes better with a plain-colored rug with an interesting texture or a striped or geometric pattern.
                            • Choose a rug that feels fresh and reminds you of a sunny summer day if you want your rustic dining room to be lighter and brighter. A shade of yellow will fit that description, and it would be a great addition to a dining room that is mostly made of dark wood.
                            • A light rug is sometimes the best thing you can put in a dark dining room. There is a clear sense of balance in the room. The room feels more open, brighter, and not too dark right away.

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                            Lastly, when choosing a rug for your dining room, choose something you like. Style guidelines are, after all, just that: guidelines. So follow your heart and your wallet to find a dining room rug that fits your space and makes you happy.


                            Why do rugs play an important role in how your room ends up looking?

                            They make your floors soft and smooth, making your home cozier and more comfortable. They also cut down on noise and warm up any surface. Also, they often tie the whole room together, either by combining all the colors in one piece or by defining a certain spot, like a seating area or the area around your bed. Putting an underlay under the rug is another way to make it as safe as possible (rug pad). The table and chairs in the dining room can scratch the floor underneath the rug because of their weight. With an underlay, this won't happen, and the rug won't slip at any point either.

                            What size rug under a round dining table?

                            No matter how big your round dining room table is, add 4' to the table's diameter to figure out what size rug you need. This measurement can also be used to figure out the right size for a square rug, which works well in square rooms.

                            Dining Room Rug For Round Dining Table

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                            What size rug under the oval dining table?

                            Add 4' to the width and length of your oval table to find the right size rectangular rug. Depending on how much space you have, you can add 4' to either the width or the length of a round rug to fit it under an oval table.

                            What is the best material for a dining room rug?

                            Don't you just love sinking your toes into soft, high-pile rugs like shag or    Moroccan styles? We do, too, but not all of them are good for the dining room. It can be hard to move chairs in and out of these styles, and they are harder to keep clean because the higher piles can trap crumbs. Instead, choose a rug with a low pile, a flat weave, or one made of a material that is easy to clean. Outdoor rugs are often a great choice for a dining room.

                            There are many different fabrics and materials for rugs to choose from, and each one has a different purpose. A dining room rug needs to be tough and long-lasting, but it also needs to be stylish.

                            We think that the best choice for a dining room rug is one with a short pile or a flat weave. Shag rugs and other thick, fluffy types are very comfortable, but they will always get worn down in places with a lot of foot traffic. Short-pile and flat-woven rugs not only last a long time, but they also keep your chairs from banging against the rug.