When selecting a rug for your dining room, the first things that come to mind are wine stains, food spills, and crumbs. You’d definitely want a rug that can be cleaned and vacuumed regularly—or better yet, washable. You’d also want a rug that won’t show every crumb.
But in the bigger picture, you’d want a rug that feels special. After all, the dining room is a gathering place where family and close friends come together and where you welcome your guests. So when it comes to picking out a dining room rug, make sure you choose one that looks and feels special.
Where to Place Your Dining Room Rug
As far as layout, you’d typically place the rug directly underneath the dining table and centered in the space. For the best overall look, match the shape of the rug to the shape of the room. This will make the space feel balanced.
Let the dining chairs sit completely on the rug with enough room to pull the chairs out and still remain on the rug. Typically, this would mean that your rug is larger than your dining table by 30 inches on all four sides.
Large Table (8 or more chairs)
A dining table for 8 measures about 6’x3’ or 6’x4’ and would fit best on an 8’x10’ or larger-sized rug. This leaves you about 30 inches on all sides for the dining chairs to be moved easily while staying on the rug.
Medium Table (6 chairs)
A dining table for 6 would measure a minimum of 5’x3’ and would fit best on an 8’x10’ rug. This again leaves you 30 inches on all sides for the dining chairs to be moved easily while staying on the rug.
Small Table (4 Chairs)
A dining table for 4 would measure about 3’ in diameter (round table) or 3’x3’ (square table) and would fit best on a rug that is 8’x8’ in either a round or square shape. You might also float the dining table and chairs in the center of a standard 6’x9’ and up to an 8’x10’ rug.
If you’re using a larger rug to fit the space, you might consider placing the table and chairs on one side and a buffet or console table on the other.
Other Rug Buying Tips
1. Every space is different. To be sure, mark out the area with blue painters tape to find the best size for your space.
2. Consider the other visible elements in the dining room and beyond: wall colors, floor material, window treatments, dining furniture, etc. Select a rug that will complement and unify them.
3. A textured rug with a bit of pile will provide better acoustics, softening the sounds of plates and silverware clinking. However, make sure you’re still able to slide your chair easily over it.
4. Unless your rug can be easily washed, try to stay away from lighter colors for the dining room. Rugs in a darker hue or pattern will camouflage stains and last longer.
5. Spills are inevitable, so it’s better to put a more affordable rug in a dining room. Better yet, choose a stylish rug that you can wash.
READERS: Do you have any other tips? Share them with us in the comments section below.