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A rug under your dining table provides a comfortable underfoot, helps protect your floors, and even muffle the noise in the room. The perfect rug brings your dining room to life. It gives a frame for your dining table, adding to the overall décor of the room. So, how do you decide on the correct dining room rug size?

It does get a bit tricky. Too big and it will hide your beautiful floor. A smaller rug may look like an awkward attempt to hide a stain. Or, the dining chairs may scratch the floor, their hind or front legs may get tangled in the rug, and cause discomfort. When choosing an appropriate rug size, it’s best to follow some rules of thumb. 

Here are a few guidelines to help you select the correct size of the rug and make a smart design statement in your dining room.

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Guidelines for choosing the right dining room rug size

  • Your dining area rug should be approximately four feet longer and wider than your table. Ensure that there’s 18 to 24 inches on each side so you can slide the chairs out without worrying about falling off the edge of the rug. Don’t forget to accommodate any extendable leaves, if your table has them.

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  • To determine the ideal dining room rug size, measure your table first. Then add 24 to 30 inches to each measurement. Also, take into account any sideboards, bar cart, or China cabinets in the room. The rug should not extend beneath such dining room furniture
  • Generally, an 8×10 or 9×12 rug will be a good choice for an average-sized dining table. It will still leave plenty of room for your chairs. A 7 to 8 foot round or octagon rug is perfect for a breakfast nook table.
  • A 6 chair dining room table will need an 8×10 rug. An 8 chair dining room table will need a 9×12 rug while a 10 chair dining table will need a 10×14 rug. 

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  • Here are some more recommended sizes:

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Table Size Table Shape Rug Size Rug Shape
42″/48″ Round 8′ (96″) Round
60″ Round 9′ (108″ x 108″) Square
42″ x 60″ Oval 8′ x 10′ (96″ x 120″) Rectangle
49″ x 97″ Oval 9′ x 12′ (108″ x 144″)
36″ x 70″ Rectangle 8′ x 10′ (96″ x 120″)
39″ x 90″ 9′ x 12′ (108″ x 144″)
41″ x 108″/30″ x 120″ 10′ x 14′ (120″ x 168″)

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  • Always keep your dining table shape in mind before choosing a rug. Generally, round dining tables look great with round or square rugs while rectangular and oval dining tables pair well with rectangular rugs. Ovals also go well with octagon rugs. For square tables, you can opt for square rugs.
  • Since a smaller dining room may have less room for chair clearance, it’s best to choose a flat-weave rug. It allows your chairs to move smoothly over the edge of the rug.

The right rug can tie your dining room (and your living room!) together — due to its lovely combination of colors, textures, and patterns. If you want to make your dining both functional and fashionable, choose the right size that will provide a well-balanced feel to the room. 

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How to Choose the Perfect Dining Room Rug Size [Guide] was last modified: July 6th, 2021 by Ramona Sinha

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