Go big or go bare – How to tell the size rug for your dining room

Are you looking for a new rug for your dining room, or the room where you eat? If so, you need to get the right size. Too small is never a good thing. It’s better to go big or go bare on the floor under your table.

dining room rug

Why do I need rules for a dining room rug? You don’t have to follow the rules if you have a rug that you love and it doesn’t fit these guidelines. But if you are looking for a new rug, why not get one that is the right size.

The right size rug acts like an anchor for your table. If it’s too small your table will feel too big. Plus, you and your guests can’t push your chairs back and forth easily. It really sucks when you push your chair back and you have to lift it up over the edge of the rug to pull it back in.

How to measure for a dining room rug

To get a rug that’s large enough start with the measurements of your table. Let’s say you have a 4 foot x 6 foot table.

Ideally a rug extends 18-24 inches past each side of the table. The ideal rug would be 8 feet (4 feet plus two feet on each side) by 10 feet (6 feet plus two feet on each side). You could get away with a rug that is 7 x 9 (which is 18 inches extra on each side).

This gives you an idea of rug proportions depending on the shape of your table.

dining room layouts

How to Measure if you have a round table?

You use the same rule for a round table. You can use a rectangular, square or round rug under a round table. Just make sure the edge is 18-24 inches away from the edge of the table. It actually takes a larger rug for a round table than it does for a rectangular rug.

You don’t have to put a rug in your dining area at all? That takes away the issue of sliding the dining room chairs around. Rugs add a cozy feeling to your dining room, but a small rug is worse than no rug.

best Type of Rug For Dining Areas

Now that the boring part is out of the way, you can move on to the fun part. Choosing the perfect rug.

Lucy on the dining room rug

If you have an unlimited bank account, wool rugs are the best. Did you know that wool actually resists dirt? The dirt sits on top of the fiber. How amazing is that? Unfortunately wool rugs are pricey.

You need a pretty big rug under most tables. You can still get a beautiful rug for less than $400 but you will have to go with a less expensive material. For bargain rugs where there are likely to be spills, I like natural fiber rugs (Jute, seagrass) or synthetic rugs.

Synthetic rugs don’t last as long as a wool rug, but they last several years. It’s like a boyfriend vs a husband. A synthetic rug is probably not your forever rug but they are affordable and easy to clean. Synthetic rugs do have a drawback; they are bad for high traffic areas.

For years I had a seagrass rug under my table. It survived every spill with no problem but it wasn’t very soft.

Best Places to Find Budget friendly Rugs

My favorite places to find rugs on a budget are Overstock and Amazon. Overstock and Amazon have a great selection of synthetic rugs (and many times the same rugs on both sites) and natural fiber rugs.

If you are looking for a forever rug, go with wool. Read more about the pros and cons of wool rugs here.

Here are some of my favorites, including the one I just bought. One thing they all have in common is pattern. It’s good to have a pattern when you use a rug in a spot where there are regular spills. Safavieh and NuLOOM are both high quality manufacturers.

If these aren’t your colors (blue), many of these rugs come in different patterns and colors.

I hope this helps you to find the right rug for your dining room. If you buy one, send over a photo. I’d love to see it.

how to choose the right size rug for the dining room

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  1. Great tips! And thanks for championing wool rugs! I love them!

    Happy day friend!

    1. I’m so happy you stopped by! See you soon.


  2. I love that sweet puppy! I did not know that about wool rugs! There is always something new to learn!

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