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How to choose the best size rug for your dining room

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Adding a rug to your dining room can have many positive benefits, however it is important to select the right size rug for your dining room to maximise these benefits.

Extra cushioning and warmth underfoot (especially on cooler evenings) whilst seated at your dining table is one of many benefits of having a rug in your dining room.

Another benefit is protection for your floors from your dining room table and chairs, especially when chairs are moved when the table is in use.

Additionally, a dining room rug adds an extra layer of class and sophistication to your dining room, complementing the other decor in the room, making the room complete.

Consider the other decor in your dining room, such as artwork, furniture upholstery, and wall colours, to choose a rug that will suit your dining room.

Also, whilst the risk of permanent stains from many spills is minimised if attended to quickly, choosing a darker, patterned rug can be a good choice to disguise any permanent stains if they do occur.

If you must choose a lightly coloured rug for your dining room, try to choose one with a detailed pattern rather than a plain light colour, again to disguise permanent stains if they occur.

Dining Room Rug

Rug used above:

Cibola Transitional White Silver Designer Rug in size 330 x 240cm 

Apart from choosing a style and colour to complement the existing decor and colour palette of your dining room, choosing the right size is of vital importance.

If you have a round dining table, a round rug is the best choice to emphasise the shape of your table.

The most important thing to remember is to ideally leave enough space for the rug to cover the dining table and chairs when all the chairs are pulled away from the table to seat guests.

As a general rule of thumb, adding approximately 60 - 80cm to each side of the table should give you an indication of the ideal rug size for your dining table.

If you have a dining room table already, you can use masking tape and a tape measure to mark the borders of your dining room rug on your floor, using the above measurements, to give a better visual representation of how the rug will look in your home.

Let's give an example to put this into context.

For this example, let's use a dining room table with the dimensions of 200cm x 110cm.

Adding 60cm to each side give us a rug size of 320 x 230cm. In this case, as 320 x 230cm is a standard rug size, there would be plenty of rugs to choose from in this exact size.

For the rug to cover a little more space when the chairs are pulled out, and make getting into the chairs slightly easier, adding 80cm to each side give us a rug size of 360 x 270cm. In this case, if the room is large enough, you could upgrade to a more common standard size rug of 400 x 300cm, if you are unable to find a 360 x 270cm rug.

Dining Room Rug

Rug used above:

Carlos Felted Wool Flatweave Rug Grey Natural in size 280 x 190cm

Finally, to keep your dining room rug in place at all times and to minimise the risk of your dining room rug being a trip hazard, a rug pad that is slightly smaller than the size of your dining room rug is a helpful addition. With chairs being pulled and people going to and from the table constantly, it is best for long term maintenance and safety if the rug stays in place at all times.

Here at Rugs Of Beauty, we have hundreds of rugs that are suitable for dining rooms.

Please have a browse through our website and let us know if you have any questions about choosing a rug for your dining room.

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