Whether you have a formal dining room, or simply a table at one end of your living room, an area rug helps define your dining space and make the room look more complete. An area rug adds texture and interest to your dining room and helps anchor your table; especially important in open floor plans. With all the rug choices available, how do you choose the right rug for you?
Wait, why an area rug?
In a formal dining room, the space can seem sterile or too plain. In an open floor plan, the dining table can look like it’s just floating in an open sea of space. An area rug adds warmth, personality and a division of space. It’s also a great way to protect your floors from the wear and tear of chair (and spills).
The important part—size matters
Confused over what size rug to get for your dining room? It’s pretty simple, actually. Arrange your table and chairs for the size of your most common gatherings, then pull out the chairs as if someone were about to sit down at the table. Now measure. Your area rug should be large enough that chairs can slide in and out without their legs coming off the rug. It should also be small enough that it’s not going under a server, sideboard or other furniture in the room.
Just for the record, the more traditional ways of determining dining rug size include measuring the length and width of your tabletop, then adding three feet to each measurement for the bare minimum rug size. Another common “rule” is to add 30” from the edge of table in each direction (which would be far more than three additional feet)! No wonder people were confused.
No matter what, your dining area rug is going to be a large element in the room, even a small table for four can require a rug that’s over six-feet wide. It’s important to make sure it’s one you truly love.