Area Rugs For Dining Room Table

Area Rugs For Dining Room Table

Do you have a dining room with hardwood floors? If so, do you use an area rug in your dining room? Way back when I first started working on my dining room, I was looking at black and white striped rugs, but I couldn’t find one that worked. (That was before I settled on black and white striped draperies.) I finally decided to go with a simple jute rug, which is probably my favorite kind of rug. I bought this one from Overstock. It’s actually not that dark in person. In fact, you can see a glimpse of it here. It’s very neutral, and serves the purpose that I like for area rugs to serve by defining the area. But after spending a week making one wingback dining chair, and now starting on the second one, I’m starting to think through the practicality (or impracticality) of having an area rug in the dining room in the first place. The wingback chairs, while not super heavy, are definitely bigger and heavier than a regular dining chair, like a side chair. And I’m concerned that sliding those chairs in and out from the table on a rug will just get really old after a while, and will probably end up ruining the rug and possibly even weakening the legs on the chairs (all of the chairs, actually) just from the added extra force required to push a chair back over carpet. So when I was standing there in Home Depot, looking at the adhesive and nail-on feet glide options, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision. I went with the nail-on felt pads made for hardwood floors (I got these) instead of the slick plastic glides made for use on carpet. I brought those home, attached them to the feet of the one finished wingback chair, and tested it out. It slid across the floor so easily! I mean, with pretty much no effort at all. Just for the sake of practicality and ease of use, I think I have to do away with the area rug. But of course, from a decorating point of view, that kind of disappoints me. In my mind, a finished dining room that has hardwood floors needs an area rug. So I headed to Houzz to see if I could find examples of dining rooms with hardwood floors and no area rugs. I expected them to be in the minority, but as it turns out, that wasn’t the case at all! I searched “dining room with hardwood floor” and at least half of the rooms that came up on that search didn’t use rugs! I guess others have found that area rugs with dining chairs are impractical as well. Photo by Studio William Hefner – More traditional dining room photos Photo by Fanny Zigdon Interiors – Look for modern dining room design inspiration Photo by jodi foster design + planning – More traditional dining room ideas Photo by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. – Browse farmhouse dining room ideas Photo by Riach Architects – Look for traditional dining room pictures Photo by Amerisips – More traditional dining room photos Those are just a few of the examples I found, and I don’t think those rooms look like they’re lacking because they don’t have an are rug. Do you? Anyway, I readily admit that more times than not, I’m a form over function kind of person, and I make no apologies for it. But in this case — this rare case — I’m going to opt for practicality. When my house is nearer to completion, I really do want this dining room to be used…often. I want it filled with people, good conversation, and loads of laughter. And the last thing I want is to be concerned whether or not my guests are able to easily and comfortably get up from the dining table. So I’m curious. For those of you who have hardwood floors in your dining room, do you use an area rug? Have you found it to cause difficulty with pushing the chairs in and out from the table? And what, if anything, have you done or used to make it easier? FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogleMoreEmailPrintLinkedInReddit
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Area Rugs For Dining Room Table

I love your dining room and thank you much for your post about rugs. I just bought a rug for my living room which right next to my dining area (great room, open to kitchen) I loved the colors In the store however, looks different at home and a lot of shading going on when one walks on it. It was suggested to me that I could do two area rugs, one in the dining and one in the living room to define each space. I have a lovely dark wood floor and it’s not a very large area so I don’t know if that would work. I think this rug is going back to the store and will have to look for another, I look forward to your next post about living room rugs, as I’m not sure what size I should do. this one was 11’2″ x 7’8 but wouldn’t have minded the 7′ a bit larger. Any thoughts on the two rug ideas to define a space that is joined? Hard to explain you probably need a picture to see perhaps.
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Area Rugs For Dining Room Table

Love that you have put it out there for us to listen to each other. :0) We have a nice dining room and it steps down to the living room- and the whole 1st floor is wood. I’m on the hunt for the right area rug for the living room, but not the dining room. For all the reasons already mentioned ( harder to clean, moving the chairs, wear on the rug, children, spills, dog hair, etc) but also I like the clean look without it. Usually I think more is more and I like more-but I also like a bit of a colonial look and that means no rug under the dining table. And I want the eye to to go the drapes and the runner on the table and the table decorations- not the rug. We did have a wooden mat under our kitchen table for quite a while (the same one miss mustard seed used under her dining room table) but we were always tripping on it and used the space constantly so it did not stand up to the wear. So now there are no rugs under my tables.
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Area Rugs For Dining Room Table

RugsThere's more to choosing a new rug than just picking a pattern you like. Think in terms of balancing function and style, and you'll have an easier time finding a rug that will work for you.The room where you put your rug will help determine its placement within the room, which will then affect room's look, feel and functionality. If you're putting an area rug in your living room, make sure it's large enough to fit under the front legs of all furniture situated around it, and leave 12-18 inches of exposed floor around the edges. In the dining room, a rug placed under the table should extend beyond the chairs when they're pulled out. For the bedroom, choose a large plush rug and place it under the bed to create a warm greeting for bare feet. Long, narrow runners work well in hallways. Always leave several inches of exposed floor on either side of the runner.Choose a rug with a weave that fits your lifestyle and taste. Tufted rugs have a soft feel and plush exterior and are machine washable and backed with skid-resistant material. Woven rugs tend to be more expensive but also more durable, and some require professional cleaning. Flat weave rugs have a flat, thin pile and can be layered for extra padding.Show more
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Area Rugs For Dining Room Table

RugsThere's more to choosing a new rug than just picking a pattern you like. Think in terms of balancing function and style, and you'll have an easier time finding a rug that will work for you.The room where you put your rug will help determine its placement within the room, which will then affect room's look, feel and functionality. If you're putting an area rug in your living room, make sure it's large enough to fit under the front legs of all furniture situated around it, and leave 12-18 inches of exposed floor around the edges. In the dining room, a rug placed under the table should extend beyond the chairs when they're pulled out. For the bedroom, choose a large plush rug and place it under the bed to create a warm greeting for bare feet. Long, narrow runners work well in hallways. Always leave several inches of exposed floor on either side of the runner.Choose a rug with a weave that fits your lifestyle and taste. Tufted rugs have a soft feel and plush exterior and are machine washable and backed with skid-resistant material. Woven rugs tend to be more expensive but also more durable, and some require professional cleaning. Flat weave rugs have a flat, thin pile and can be layered for extra padding.

Area Rugs For Dining Room Table

Area Rugs For Dining Room Table
Area Rugs For Dining Room Table

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