Square Dining Room Rug

Square Dining Room Rug

It takes a little thought to find the right rug for your dining space. It should be long and wide enough on all sides to allow for chairs to slide in and out, and you have to watch out for other pieces of furniture you place in the room. For a standard dining table (42″ x 64″) that seats 4-6, a rug that measures 8′ x 10′ is usually a good place to begin. But there other considerations that affect the size and style rug that you decide to use. I recently researched area rugs for a clients’ dining room. It was a tricky situation because the room was narrow. I needed to visualize the rug size, so I used painter’s tape to map out the size it could be on the floor, then shopped for a similar sized rug. Here are some other pointers to help in your search:
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Square Dining Room Rug

Sutro Architects 2. Pick a flat weave or short pile rug. Because spills are inevitable, and the ease with which you can pull a chair back is important, flat-weave or low-pile rugs are the practical choice in the dining room. Keep the shag rugs, Moroccan carpets and other thick, fluffy rugs in the living room, where they will require less cleaning and maintenance.3. Use the rug as a jumping-off point for decorating. If the rug is one of your first purchases for the dining room, you can use it to set the tone for the space and develop a color scheme. Pull the lightest or background color from the rug to use as a wall color, and bring in a bolder hue from the rug as an accent in the room, on chair cushions or in artwork.
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Square Dining Room Rug

2. Pick a flat weave or short pile rug. Because spills are inevitable, and the ease with which you can pull a chair back is important, flat-weave or low-pile rugs are the practical choice in the dining room. Keep the shag rugs, Moroccan carpets and other thick, fluffy rugs in the living room, where they will require less cleaning and maintenance.3. Use the rug as a jumping-off point for decorating. If the rug is one of your first purchases for the dining room, you can use it to set the tone for the space and develop a color scheme. Pull the lightest or background color from the rug to use as a wall color, and bring in a bolder hue from the rug as an accent in the room, on chair cushions or in artwork.
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Square Dining Room Rug

allee architecture + design, llc 1. Err on the side of too big. A dining room rug should have at least 24 inches of extra room on all sides of the dining table to allow enough space for guests to pull out chairs without tripping over the rug. An even wider border is ideal. To be sure you are getting the correct size rug, measure your dining table, add 24 inches or more on each side and mark the area directly on the floor with painter’s tape. If the marked areas falls well inside your other dining room furniture (buffet, bar cart), consider sizing up.
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Square Dining Room Rug

1. Err on the side of too big. A dining room rug should have at least 24 inches of extra room on all sides of the dining table to allow enough space for guests to pull out chairs without tripping over the rug. An even wider border is ideal. To be sure you are getting the correct size rug, measure your dining table, add 24 inches or more on each side and mark the area directly on the floor with painter’s tape. If the marked areas falls well inside your other dining room furniture (buffet, bar cart), consider sizing up.
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Square Dining Room Rug

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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Square Dining Room Rug

LORRAINE G VALE, Allied ASID Make sure your rug size includes some chair room. Measure the top of the table and add 24-30 inches to each side so you have room to easily pull out and push in a chair while sitting in it. It’s really a hassle if the dining room rug is not large enough and the back legs of your chair keep going over the edge of the rug. Tip: Synthetic, machine-made rugs might be a better choice for your dining room because they allow chairs to slide easier than hand-knotted or hand-tufted rugs.
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Square Dining Room Rug

Finding a dining room rug that is both practical and stylish is no easy feat. Fluffy pile can permanently trap every crumb from the table. Too-small rugs can trip up chairs. But a good rug can bring color, texture, warmth and style to the dining room — making the hunt well worth the effort. Read on for 10 tips for choosing the just-right rug for this hardworking room.
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A nice plush rug in the kitchen is a must have. As much time as we spend cooking and washing dishes we deserve a rug that provides us with comfort and makes us happy. Please remember, just because a rug is not “a kitchen rug” does not mean it wouldn’t be perfect in a kitchen. A rug can be both stylish and durable, and can even be a perfect addition to an outdoor kitchen or patio area!

I have a dark colored round table with 3-leg pedestal -type base. The flooring is also a dark wood. I don’t want a big rug in the dining room, but am thinking of putting a round rug just big enough for the legs of the table to sit on, just to separate the table from the flooring. The chairs would not sit on the rug at all. The rug would basically be a background for the table. I’ve never seen this, but do you think it would look ok?
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Hi Yvonne, I am just ready to purchase a dining room rug! You mentioned to use a rug which is 20- 30″ larger than your table. Is this on EACH END? The reason I ask, is that the place where I am purchasing my table said to get a rug that is 2 ft longer on EACH end in order for the chairs to easily go in and out and stay on the rug. This would then be 48″ longer totally??? Hmmm…..would that be TOO big?
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Hi Yvonne, I am just ready to purchase a dining room rug! You mentioned to use a rug which is 20- 30″ larger than your table. Is this on EACH END? The reason I ask, is that the place where I am purchasing my table said to get a rug that is 2 ft longer on EACH end in order for the chairs to easily go in and out and stay on the rug. This would then be 48″ longer totally??? Hmmm…..would that be TOO big? Thank you for your input! Lori
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Yvonne, Great advice on choosing a dining room rug. I totally blew Rule #3. . .and for a very good reason!!! I do not care (at all ) for the dining room lamanant flooring. So. . .I covered every square inch I could to disguise it!!! I have no clue how to get the wavy lines out of your rug. Have you tried contacting the manufacture??? Your living room is one of my “favorite” rooms you show at StoneGable!!! Fondly, Pat
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That being said, most people use between a 5×8 and a 9×12 in their living rooms. A 5×8 rug can go in front of your sofa with no furniture going on it, but then larger sized rugs are best practiced to have the front legs of your furniture on the rug. Of course, if your space allows it, you can always have multiple rugs in the living room – say a runner is running behind the sofa, or an additional rug is in front of the fireplace. This can help balance out the room if the current rug feels too small. It all depends on the layout of the room, the amount, the size of the furniture, and how much flooring you want to show.

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