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December 03, 2018 6 min read

When it comes to ambience, your dining room rug creates a space for the dining space. It can be a bit challenging to do that because making this decision goes beyond visual attention. Finding a perfect rug not only compliments the dining table but also adds warmth to the space and makes everyone feel comfortable as sometimes it can be both calm and noisy. So without any further ado, let us help you in deciding the perfect rug for your dining space. 

Your Guide to Choosing the Ideal Rug Size for Your Dining Room

Here are some thumb rule while choosing the rug size for dining table:

  • Size of the Rug

You must measure the size of your rug first because unlike the other rooms in your home, it has a centre of attraction that adds a statement to the space - the dining table. 

The legs of the chair should always remain on the rug, even after pulling it out so always check your rug size for the dining table. 

  • Shape of the Rug

The dining rug dimensions vary according to the shape of the dining table. 

Never go for a round rug with a square shaped dining table or a square rug for a round dining table. Instead, go for a square rug with a square shaped dining table and a round rug for round dining tables. 

  • Material of the Rug

Always choose a woollen material while choosing the rug as they might be heavy on the pocket, considering a one time investment but are easy to clean and are more durable than any other material. 

  • Colour of the Rug

Always go for bright and deeper shade while choosing a rug not for the pale-hued shade as they are prone to spills and stains. 

Deeper colours will give a definition to your space and will pass your vibe check.

Perfect Rug Sizes for Perfect Dining Room

Finding the perfect rug size for your dining room can elevate the space, adding warmth and style. Some dining rug dimensions can be:


    A 4x10 rug typically works well in narrow spaces such as hallways or corridors. You can also use a 4x10 rug in larger rooms as a stylish accent piece or in front of a sofa or under a console table.

         2.10X10 SQUARE

    A 10X10 square rug is a versatile option for various rooms in your home. It can serve as a focal point, anchoring the furniture and creating a cosy atmosphere tying the room together. 

         3.7x7 SQUARE

    7x7-square rugs provide a perfect balanced look that complements the style decor. 

         4.12x12 ROUND

    A 12x12 round rug offers a stylish solution in creating the ambience of the larger rooms. They are an ideal option for larger dining rooms. 


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    What’s the rule for the size of a new rug? Too large and it may it seem as if you’re trying to hide the floor. Too small and it may seem as if you’re trying to hide a stain. Choosing an appropriate rug size is not an exact science, but it’s not complete guesswork, either. While you may be able to get away with non-traditional choices in other rooms, it’s best to follow the general rules of decorating when it comes to your dining room rug. Here are a few guidelines to help you make a smart design statement in your dining room:

    • When your dining room table sits on a wood floor, a rug underneath can save your floors from unsightly scratches made by pulling chairs in and out. A rug also protects your floors from spills.
    • A rug can muffle the noise in the room, easing conversation.
    • Aesthetically, a dining room rug provides a frame for the table, adding to the overall décor of the room. You can even place a rug over carpeting to bring style into your eating space.


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    While your table size and space limitations may actually dictate the size of the rug your dining room can accommodate, here are a few rules of thumb to remember when making your purchase:

    • Ideally, your dining room rug should be about four feet longer and wider than your table. You need 18 to 24 inches on each side so you and your guests can slide chairs out without worrying about falling off the edge of the rug. If your rug is too small, chairs can still scratch the floor, get tangled in the edge of the rug, and cause discomfort, embarrassment, and frustration when trying to slide the chair back in place.
    • To determine the size of rug you need, first measure your table. Then add 36 to 48 inches to each measurement. Be sure to include any extra table leaves in your figure because you want your new rug to accommodate the entire length of your table. In most cases, an 8x10 or 9x12 rug will fit your area and leave plenty of room for your chairs.
    • Most rugs are rectangular, perfect for standard dining room tables. At Rug & Home, though, you can find an 8-foot or 10-foot square rug, which fits most small square tables. An 8-foot or 10-foot round rug can set off a circular table and complement the style in your room.

    As you consider your options and the best measurements for your space, take into account any sideboards or china cabinets in the room. Your new rug should not extend beneath those dining room pieces. Keeping coming back to our blog, and we promise to share more ideas for dining room rugs that are durable and attractive. We’ll also continue to keep you up to date on trends in dining room furniture and accessories. It’s your home; your style should extend into every room.

    Choosing the Right Rug Size with Additional Furniture in Mind!

    Choosing the right rug size for dining table involves more than just considering the dimensions of the table itself. You must consider some additional furniture in the room, such as chairs, china cabinets and sideboards, to ensure a cohesive and functional layout. By carefully measuring your dining area and considering the scale of the surrounding furniture, you can select a dining room rug size  that not only fits your table but also accommodates the entire dining set comfortably. It’s your home; your style should extend into every room.


    In this journey of finding the perfect rug size for dining tables, it's not only about the dimensions, but it creates a space that reflects your style. Rug & Home helps you to keep your home aesthetically defined and goes with the latest trends. With our wide selection of rugs in various sizes, patterns, and materials, you can elevate your dining area and make every meal memorable. Choose quality, choose style, choose Rug & Home for all your rugs and home decor online


         1. How big should the rug be for dining table?

    When measuring for dining rug dimensions, consider the size of your dining table and the surrounding space. A rug that is too small may look disproportionate while a rug that is too large may overwhelm the space.

          2. What is the rule for a rug under the dining table?

    The rule is to choose a size that can accommodate both the chair and the dining table.  A common guideline is to select a rug that extends at least 24 inches (61 cm) beyond the edges of the table on all sides. 

    For rectangular or oval tables, the rug should ideally extend beyond the chairs when they are pulled out, ensuring that all chair legs remain on the rug even when in use. For round tables, the rug should be large enough to accommodate the table and chairs, with at least 2 feet of extra space around the perimeter.

        3. How do you calculate rug size for dining room?

      To calculate the rug size for a dining room, measure the length and width of the dining table, including the chairs when they are pulled out. Add at least 24-36 inches to each dimension to ensure there's enough space for the chairs to move comfortably. This extra space also accommodates the chairs even when they are pulled out for seating.

           4. Is it a good idea to put a rug under a dining table?

      Indeed it is. A rug is the smart addition to the space as it provides a soft and cushioned surface underfoot. Rugs give a definition to the space and importantly protect the floor from any kind of spillage. 

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