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The Best Size for Your Dining Room Rug

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.

Make sure the rug is sufficiently big enough. 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 8×10 or 9×12 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.

Hope these tips help on your journey to finding your dream dining room rug.



  • Ginger Hammond

    I don’t get this at all! I am not a measurement person! I have a 4’x3’ rectangular kitchen table. What size rug do I need?? Thank You!!

  • Recia Ferrell

    I have a 10×10 square feet living room. Will a 5ft round table big enough

  • robin mizrahi

    HI, my table is 40×96 and I am looking at cowhide rugs that are imperfect in shape. I will get 2 of them but please give me a hint with sizes, 5×6, 7×6 or??? They will not overlap completely but kind of meet under the table, or overlap a bit. HELP, thanks

  • Rina

    My dining room is in a passage way. Can the rug interfere with the flow of the walkway . You can see a straight line on the floor with a small rug

  • Sumer

    There is an image of a round table with four chairs. I think it would depend in the dimensions of your room and the relationship of the table to those dimensions. For instance, I have a smaller, rectangular dining room. If I had a round table, I would want a rectangular or square rug to make the table relate more to the room.

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