Shopping For Dining Room Rugs

What You Need To Know When Buying An Area Rug For Your Dining Room

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Placing a rug under a dining table is a must! When starting a home decor project, a good place to begin is the dining room and that means embarking on a quest of finding the perfect dinging room rug for your home.

When evaluating the area rug options for under your dining room table, you should start with a rug that will tie the entire room together. After all, a rug under your dining room table can easily act as a spring board from which you can design and choose colors to incorporate throughout the rest of your dining room.

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Dining Room Rug

Beautiful area rugs in your dining room aren’t just functional objects – they can be stylish, too. Sourcing a rug that’s large enough for the space and that will help balance the decor of the room (while protecting the floor and withstanding foot traffic, chairs sliding and food / drink spills).

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What size rug do you need for a dining room?

No matter how much you love a specific area rug, it won’t work well in your home’s dining room if it’s not the right rug size. You shouldn’t even think about things like colors, patterns and pile until you know the exact size range you can use. If you get a dining room rug that’s too big, it can overwhelm the space and look more like full wall to wall carpeting than a fashionable focal point. Smaller rugs, on the other hand, might not be big enough to cover the area underneath the dining room table.

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So with that in mind, you need to measure the size of the table you want in the dining room. Once you have the table size, you need to think one how you want to position the rug and furniture. Things like the dining room chair legs being on or off the rug is a totally personal preference so don’t try to limit your self too much.

If you like, you can place all the dining room furniture in the room that you plan to have in there. This includes both large and small pieces, from the chairs and table to floor lamps and side bars and so forth. Pull the chairs away from the dining table in the room so you can either look for a rug that’s large enough to fit the chairs or that’s small enough to not get in the way of them.

Then, take a piece of painter’s tape and mark the outline of the furniture. You’ll then need to measure this area to determine the rug size your dining room needs or can take. The reason for doing this is so you can measure the entire space that you want the dining room rug to cover.

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Shape Of Your Dining Room And Rug

In order to create symmetry in the dining room, look for a rug that’s similar to the shape and proportions of the room itself. For example, if the dining room is rectangular, you’ll want a rectangular rug; if it’s square, you’ll want a square rug and if its a round room you probably will want a round rug shape.

It’s also a good idea to have your dining room rug be a similar shape to the main dining table that is in the room. If you already have a dining table, look for a rug that mirrors its shape; if you don’t have a table yet, wait until you pick out the perfect rug for your room then get a dining table that works with the size and shape of the rug you selected.

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Picking The Color or Pattern Of Your Dining Room Rugs

The rug is going to be the focal point of the dining room, which is why its colors and patterns are so important. If the rug is under a dining room table where you eat most of your meals, the color or pattern should be able to stand up to spills.

For example, you don’t necessarily want a white rug in an area where there’s going to be a lot of food and potential spills. The best option is to go for a color or pattern that will work with the other furniture and interior decor items in the dining room but that’s deep enough to camouflage any accidents. If the rest of the room isn’t too busy, you can get away with a bold pattern, and the more complex the pattern is, the better it’ll be at hiding signs of wear and spills.

If your dining room floor isn’t in great condition, getting a bright color or a bold pattern is a good idea since the rug will draw the eye to it and away from the rest of the floor.

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A Happy Area Rug In The Dining Room

What Materials Are Best For Area Rugs In The Dining Room?

The material used to weave the rug isn’t going to be nearly as important as characteristics like size and color. That said, it is still something to consider, especially if you spend a lot of your time barefoot. Do you want a cozy, plush shag rug? Go for Moroccan rugs style or even a vintage mid century rug that has plush soft pile.

But keep in mind that in the dining room you will have chairs sliding on the rug so you want it to be easy. In rooms with chairs that are going to be moved in and out, you may want to opt for a lower pile rug but probably not a flat weave rug or kilim as those may not be as durable as you need them to be.

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One More Thing To Keep In Mind About Dining Room Rugs

When it comes to buying rugs for your dining room (or any home decor item or piece of furniture, for that matter), go with your gut and your heart. You may end up breaking a design guideline or two, but you could end up finding that perfect piece that truly works for your home and exemplifies your personal style.

What rugs are good for under dining table?

When choosing a rug for under a dining table, there are a few factors to consider. Here are some options that are commonly recommended for dining areas:

  • Size: The rug should be large enough to accommodate both the dining table and chairs. Ideally, it should extend at least 2 feet beyond the table on all sides to allow the chairs to remain on the rug even when pulled out.
  • Durability: Dining areas are prone to spills and food stains, so it’s important to choose a rug that is easy to clean and maintain. Opt for materials that are stain-resistant and can withstand frequent cleaning, such as synthetic fibers like polypropylene or nylon.
  • Flatweave or low-pile rugs: These types of rugs are easier to move chairs on and off of, and they prevent tripping hazards. Flatweave rugs, such as cotton or jute, can be a good choice for a more casual or bohemian-style dining area.
  • Pattern and color: Consider the overall aesthetic of your dining area and choose a rug that complements the style and color scheme. If you prefer a rug with patterns, make sure they don’t overpower the space or clash with other elements in the room.
  • Thickness and padding: A thicker rug or one with additional padding can provide more comfort underfoot, especially if you spend a significant amount of time at the dining table. However, keep in mind that thicker rugs may make it difficult to move chairs smoothly.

Remember to take into account your personal preferences, the existing decor, and the specific needs of your dining area when choosing a rug.

Why do people put rugs under dining table?

People often choose to put rugs under a dining table for a variety of reasons.

Here are a few common motivations for placing area rugs under a dining table:

  • Style and aesthetics: An area rug can enhance the visual appeal of the dining area and help tie the room’s decor together. It can add warmth, texture, and color to the space, creating a more inviting atmosphere.
  • Definition of space: Placing a rug under the dining table helps define the dining area within an open-concept room or a larger space. It visually separates the dining zone from the rest of the room, creating a designated area for meals and gatherings.
  • Protection for the flooring: A rug can provide a layer of protection for the underlying floor surface. Dining areas are prone to spills, dropped utensils, and chair movements that can potentially scratch or damage the floor. A rug acts as a buffer, absorbing impact and preventing direct contact between the furniture and the floor.
  • Sound absorption: Rugs can help dampen noise in the dining area, reducing echoing and creating a more pleasant acoustic environment. This can be particularly beneficial in rooms with hard flooring surfaces, which tend to reflect sound.
  • Comfort: Adding a rug under the dining table can make the space more comfortable for those seated at the table. The softness and cushioning provided by the rug can make sitting for extended periods more enjoyable, especially during long meals or social gatherings.

Ultimately, the decision to put a rug under a dining table is a matter of personal preference and depends on factors such as the room’s design, the desired ambiance, and the practical needs of the space.

How large should the rug be relative to the dining room table?

When it comes to determining the size of a rug relative to the dining room table, there are some general guidelines to consider. The aim is to choose a rug that accommodates both the table and the chairs comfortably.

Here are a few recommendations for selecting a rug size for under dining tables:

  • Allow sufficient space: The rug should be large enough to encompass the dining table and chairs, even when the chairs are pulled out for seating. A good rule of thumb is to have the rug extend at least 2 feet beyond the edges of the table on all sides. This ensures that the chairs can remain on the rug even when they are pulled out.
  • Consider the shape of the table: If you have a rectangular or oval table, choose a rug that matches the shape. The rug should mirror the shape of the table and be proportionate to its size. For a round table, a circular rug that is slightly larger than the table’s diameter is often a good choice.
  • Measure the room: Before selecting a rug, measure the dimensions of your dining room or the area where the table will be placed. This will give you a better understanding of the available space and help you determine the appropriate rug size.
  • Account for clearance: Ensure that the rug’s size allows for enough clearance around the edges of the table and chairs. This will prevent the chairs from catching on the rug’s edges when pulled out and make it easier to move them in and out comfortably.

Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and you can adjust the rug size based on your personal preferences and the specific layout of your dining area. It’s always a good idea to measure the space and visualize how the rug will fit before making a final decision.

What is the rule of thumb for a rug under a dining table?

The general rule of thumb for a rug under a dining table is to choose a rug that is large enough to accommodate both the table and the chairs, allowing ample space for the chairs to remain on the rug even when pulled out.

Here are some general rug placement rules and guidelines to consider for under your dining table:

  • Size: The rug should extend at least 2 feet beyond the edges of the table on all sides. This ensures that the chairs can still remain on the rug when pulled out for seating.
  • Shape: Match the shape of the rug to the shape of the table. For a rectangular or oval table, choose a rug that mirrors the shape of the table. For a round table, opt for a circular rug that is slightly larger than the table’s diameter.
  • Clearance: Make sure there is enough clearance around the edges of the table and chairs. This prevents chairs from catching on the rug’s edges and allows for comfortable movement in and out.

By following these guidelines, you can select a rug that provides a visually pleasing and functional addition to your dining area. However, personal preferences and the specific layout of your dining space may also influence the final choice.

As an example, what size rug do I need for a 6 seater dining table?

For a 6-seater dining table, the ideal rug size will depend on the shape and dimensions of the table.

Here are some general guidelines to help you determine the appropriate rug size for a 6 person dining table:

  • Rectangular or oval table: If you have a rectangular or oval dining table, a common recommendation is to choose a rug that is at least 8 feet long and 10 feet wide (244 cm x 305 cm). This size allows for the chairs to remain on the rug even when they are pulled out for seating.
  • Round table: If your dining table is round, a circular rug that is approximately 8 feet in diameter (244 cm) is often a good choice. This size provides enough space for the chairs to fit comfortably around the table while still remaining on the rug.

Remember to consider the overall dimensions of your dining area as well. If you have a larger space, you may want to opt for a larger rug that allows for more generous coverage around the table.

It’s also essential to measure your dining area and consider the specific layout of your room to ensure the rug size is appropriate and visually balanced within the space.

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Whether your decor theme is rustic, modern, or traditional, chose from Nazmiyal’s selection of Antique Persian Rugs when choosing the perfect dining room rug.

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Keep in mind that by investing in an Antique Persian, your dining room rug becomes one of a kind. From shearing sheep, to the passionate process of weaving the rug, each and every Antique Persian rug is made entirely by hand. Therefor, no two antique Persian rugs are exactly the same. This is what makes them such a wonderful investment for your home.

Interior decorator, Jaclyn Joslin, says splurging on an antique Persian rug for your dining room rug is totally worth it. She did, and loves how it looks.

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What to look for when shopping for dining room rugs:

When shopping for dining room rugs, it is important to think about the rug as a frame of sorts. In most cases, once one places a dinning room table over the rug, it will cover the majority of the field design. So when you are picking your new or antique carpet, make sure to pay close attention to the rug’s border. The border will end up being the most prominent and visible part of the rug.

So make sure to pick a dining room rug that has a beautiful border that will showcase and enhance your dining room’s decor and style.

Are you feeling inspired by our dining room rugs and ready recreate the look?

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If you’re looking for dining room rug, antique Persian rugs are surly worth a look. They can work perfectly with nearly any decor theme, and the unique style will make your dining room stand out.

This interior design blog about Shopping For Dining Room Rugs was published by Nazmiyal Rugs.

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