Rugs can really tie together a dining room, and choosing the right size is key. The wrong size rug can make a room look cramped or unfinished. Fortunately, sizing a rug for a dining table isn't too difficult. You just need to consider a few factors to make sure the rug looks great with your table and your room's dimensions.
The size of your dining table is the most important factor when selecting a rug. For a rectangular or oval table, measure the length and width of your table, including any extending leaves. Add 36 inches (or more!) to each dimension. This will give you plenty of room for chairs to move in and out without catching on the rug.
For a round table, measure the diameter (width) and add the same amount of extra space. Keep in mind that a round table will look best with a circular or square rug, while a rectangular table should be paired with a rectangular rug.
Think about how much space you have to work with in your dining room. If it's a large and spacious area, you can opt for a larger rug. But if you're working with a smaller space, a smaller rug might be a better choice to avoid it looking cramped.
Additionally, you'll want to think about the size of the room's other pieces of furniture. A large hutch or buffet might make it necessary to go even bigger with your rug so that everything feels balanced. On the other hand, if you don't have any other furniture in the room besides the table and chairs, you can get away with a smaller rug.
The number of chairs you have at your table will also impact the size of the rug that will work for your space. Generally, you want to make sure the rug can accommodate all of your chairs, even when they're pushed back from the table. Keep in mind that chairs come in all different sizes, so measure the space they'll occupy when pulled away from the table and factor that into your rug size.
If you have a larger dining table that seats eight or more people, you might need to consider using multiple rugs. This could mean placing one rug under the table and another adjacent to it to create a cohesive look while keeping the appropriate size.
Sizing a rug can seem complicated, but with a little thought and measurement, you can choose the perfect rug for your dining room. Make sure to consider the dimensions of your table, the space you have available, and the size of your chairs. When done correctly, a well-sized rug can truly elevate the feel of your entire dining area.