A Persian rug in the dining room will instantly uplift the look of the room, adding beauty and elegance to an otherwise functional space.
With the rug as a focal point in your dining room, you don’t need to add any other accessories to the room.
Watch our video for a helpful size guide on choosing the right size rug for your dining room table. And reach below for more tips.
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Why Use Rugs In Dining Rooms
Placing a rug in the dining room is a fantastic touch. A rug under the dining table brightens up the room and gives it a cozy ambiance, which is what you want in a dining room.
A rug also highlights the rug and sets it apart from the other items in the room so it feels like a special warm and inviting space on its own instead of just another piece of furniture. If you have a wood floor, a rug can also protect the floor from scuffs and scratches.
In most other rooms in your home, there is a fair amount of flexibility in terms of choosing a rug size. A lot depends on the look you are going for and the overall décor of the room. Choosing a rug size for the dining room is a slightly less flexible in that there are certain guidelines that you cannot ignore.
There’s one rule in particular that most important of all, in terms of safety and comfort. We’re going to focus on that one rule first.
The One Most Important Tip for Choosing the Right Rug Size for the Dining Room
When placing a rug in the dining room, the first and most important rule is to make sure that the front and back legs of all the dining chairs stay fully on the rug even when they are pulled back.
It’s not something that most people would automatically think about but imagine this. You buy a rug that’s just large enough for all the chairs to fit comfortably on when they are pushed in. This arrangement looks great when nobody is at the dining table but here’s why this size of rug is wrong.
When it’s time for dinner and you pull the chair back, the hind legs of the chair go off the rug. This creates a situation where the front and the back legs of the chair are at two different levels.
Sitting on a wobbly chair while eating can be painfully uncomfortable, and the thicker the pile of the rug, the more unsteady the chair will be.
Trying to push the chair back in can create another problem. The constant rubbing of the hind legs of the chair against the rug edge can cause the edges to fray, which can end up making the whole room look shabby.
Which Rug Works for the Dining Room
Choose a rug with an elaborate border and corners as those are the only portions of the rug that will be visible. The rest of the rug will be under the table.
Choose a darker colored rug that will not show spills and stains so easily.
How to Measure a Rug for Your Dining Room
Keeping that in mind, here’s the right way to measure a rug for your dining room.
Measure the length and width of the table.
Add the width of two chairs to each of these dimensions.
For Rectangular Dining Tables
1. Measure the length of the table + add width of 2 chairs to get the ideal rug length.
2. Measure the width of the table + add width of 2 chairs to get the ideal rug width.
For Round Dining Tables
1. Measure the diameter of the table + add the width of 2 chairs to get the perfect rug size.
Using these measurements will help you determine the right size of rug to buy for your dining room. When in doubt, go with the slightly larger size.
Other Dining Room Rug Size Guidelines
In addition to the dining chair leg placement, there are a few other factors that you should take into consideration when purchasing a dining room rug.
Consider the shape of your dining table. A rug that is the same shape of the dining table gives the space a more cohesive look, especially for a rectangular or square dining table. For a round dining table, you can choose either a round or square rug.
If your dining table has leaves, open up the extensions before taking the measurements.
The placement of your dining table matters too. If it is in the center of the room, the edge of the rug should be at least 4” away from the walls. Leaving some bare space between the rug edge and the wall creates a more defined dining space. A rug that fits snugly across the room from one wall to the other can tend to make the room look stuffy.
Recommended Dining Room Rug Sizes
These recommended dining room rug sizes will give you a better of the approximate measurements to consider. These are general guidelines though.
The right size of rug for your dining room will depend on a combination of factors, including the size and shape of your dining table, the size of your dining room, and the other furniture in the room.
4 Seater Round Dining Table
A square rug measuring 8 x 8 feet or a round rug with a diameter of 8 feet will work best for a standard-sized round dining table with 4 chairs.
6 Seater Rectangular Dining Table
Look for a rectangular rug measuring minimum 8 x 10 feet.
8 Seater Rectangular Dining Table
This calls for a larger rectangular rug of about 9 x 12 feet at the minimum.
10 Seater Rectangular Dining Table
A large rug with an elaborate border would look fabulous placed under a 10 seater rectangular table. To get the best effect choose a rug that’s at least 10’x13’ or 10’x14’.
A Note About Best Rug Styles for the Dining Room
When you place a rug under the dining table, most of the rug will remain hidden under the table. The only part of the rug that will be visible at all times is the border.
When purchasing a dining room rug, spend more time checking out rug styles that have eye-catching borders. Don’t focus on the body of the rug.
A border with bright, bold motifs can will give your dining room a colorful, casual look while a more elaborately patterned border will give the room a more elegant, sophisticated look. Both look equally good.
The right style for you will depend on the look you wish to create in your dining room.