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Selecting the correct Rug Size for your Dining Room

Selecting the correct Rug Size for your Dining Room

 Holiday Prep

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The Gathering of family and friends around for a special meal is one of the greatest traditions people across the world share. It is at these gatherings that memories are made and what is known as nostalgia is created. There is no other experience quite like it.  What are some of your clearest memories from your childhood? Are any of them centered around a dining room table? I know a lot of mine are.

Are you planning on hosting the holidays at your home? Do you need a new rug to bring your dining room to life? Deciding the correct size of rug for your dining room can be tricky.  Here are my tried and true tips for selecting the correct rug size.

 

  • The most important thing to consider is the size of your table. We generally allow 18-24” around the perimeter of the table so that when you pull your chair out, your chair stays on the rug. To get a really good estimate, a great trick I have found is to step up to your table and pull out the chair like you are going to sit down. Do this for all the chairs around the table.  Now take tape and tape behind the back legs of the chairs – there is your ideal minimum rug size.  

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  • I am a big believer in showing off my hardwood floors but the dining room is the one room that I believe it is really important to have enough rug coverage. Ideally, you do not want your chair coming off the rug every time you sit down. That being said, balance is so important and if your dining area is very small or if you only use this space a couple times a year, then you may want to just make sure the rug looks in balance with the room. Also, consider, If you only use your leaves (extensions) a couple times a year, then you may be ok with the chairs coming off the rug on special occasions. Just things to think about – there are always exceptions. But in general, if you can, you should make sure your rug is big enough to keep the chairs on when seated.

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  • Now, rugs come in various standard sizes, so make sure you get your max and mins. To give you some jumping off points, here is a guide that should help you using the tips above.

 Round or Square Tables:

  • 36” Round / Square table – minimum 6’ round / square / octagon – My recommendation: 7’ or larger
  • 42” Round / Square table – minimum 6’6” round / square / octagon – My recommendation: 7’6” or larger
  • 50” Round / Square table – minimum 7’2” round / square / octagon – My recommendation: 8’ or larger
  • 60” Round / Square table – minimum 8’ round / square / octagon - My recommendation: 9’ or larger

Rectangle or Oval:

  • 36 x 60” Rectangle/Oval – minimum 6’ x 8’ rectangle/oval – My recommendation: 7’ x 9’ or larger
  • 42 x 72” Rectangle/Oval – minimum 6’6” x 9’ rectangle/oval – My recommendation: 7’6” x 10’ or larger
  • 40 x 82” Rectangle/Oval - minimum 6’ 4” x 9’10” rectangle/oval – My recommendation: 7’ 4” x 10’10” or larger
  • 42 x 118” Rectangle/Oval – minimum 6’6” x 12’10” rectangle/oval – My recommendation: 7’6” x 13’10” or larger

 To over simplify – usually these sizes will suffice:

Note: 8x10 or 8x11 is probably the size that 80% of people use in their dining areas.

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The coming weeks are all to be enjoyed as we head into the holidays. It really is the anticipation and preparation that can be celebrated as much as the big days. Cherish the simple moments leading up to, at the dinner table and beyond! Happy Prepping!


9 comments

  • R Campbell

    Table 4 chairs 52” square
    What size rug?

  • Krista

    Julie,
    Not sure if you would see this, but I have the same size table and chairs. Did u ever get the answer? Krista

  • julie

    I have a 42 inch round dining table with 4 chairs in a not so big room. What size rug should I get??

  • Daryl Bird

    I thank you so much for your suggestions. We have been undecided on what type/size rug for our new kitchen table and chairs. We measured as your article suggests & you are spot on! Thank you for helping to us come to a “final answer”

  • Martha J Wachtel

    My dining area is not large enough for a rug to accommodate the chairs when pulled out. .Would a 5×8 be ok. All the chairs wolud be on the rug except when pulled out.

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