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How Big Should a Dining Room Rug Be?

By Jessica JG Neal July 28, 2021, 3:22 pm

Whether or not to add a rug under a dining table is a question designers receive often. In an open floor plan, adding area rugs is a brilliant way to define the different spaces. A rug under the table in the dining room can be helpful with acoustics to absorb sound from all of the hard surfaces. Adding a rug is also a great way to add color and pattern to a room, whether it’s needed functionally or not.

Once you’ve decided that a rug under the table is the way to go in your space, how do you decide on the size? A good rule of thumb when calculating this is to add two feet to the size of your dining table. Whether round, square, oval or rectangular, your dining rug should be an additional 24 inches larger than the table on all sides, at a minimum.

Dining room table with dark rug underneath Source: Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels

Where does this calculation come from?

This additional width and length is necessary to adequately cover the area needed for the chairs to fit comfortably while someone is sitting at the table. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a chair that is half on the hard flooring and half on the rug.

Not only does it look unintentional, but the rug can get damaged from the chairs dragging against the bound edge. Smaller is never better in this situation.

Dining room layout with rug under the table Source: Somewhere Splendid

Can it be bigger?

Absolutely! If you have the room, a rug that is even larger than two feet is preferred. This will give you even more freedom to move the chairs out and not be half on and half off of the rug. Be sure to pick an amazing pattern and color scheme and really make a statement in the room.

Dining room with large multicolor rug under the table Source: Ted Maines Interiors

What shape should the rug be?

The two factors in choosing the shape are the shape of the room and the shape of the table. The best solution to this is to select a rug that mimics your table shape and is at least two feet larger. However, a square rug can be placed under a round table and a rectangular rug can be placed under an oval table. Oval rugs aren’t easy to find, but they do look amazing!

Dining room with round rug under the table Source: Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels

No matter the size, shape and style of your dining room, a rug is a wonderful addition to the space. It is such a fun and easy way to add color and texture to the space. But, it is important for them to fit properly and look proportional in the room. Take your color scheme in mind and shop for a rug that fits nicely in your room and mimics the shape of your table. Follow this advice to find a rug that is not only gorgeous but practical as well!

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