Dining room rugs

How To Choose The Right Rug Size For Your Dining Room

Nikolett Papp
Nikolett Papp
May 25, 2023

Adding a rug to your dining room can be a simple way to add a touch of style to your space, thereby highlighting the beauty of those memories.

"A rug is an excellent way to make your dining space feel more comfortable and complete," shares home decor enthusiast Sarah Lyon. In order to choose the right rug size for your dining room, you’ll have to consider important factors such as your dining room table, its shape and measurement, and your dining room size.

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Dining Room Dimensions

Now, before we dive into the topic of rug sizes for dining rooms, there is an important factor to consider: your living room dimensions. Dining room dimensions vary greatly depending on the size of the house, the general layout and personal preferences. 

But, to make matters simple, let’s focus on some typical dining room sizes that we can use as a guideline. We’ll simplify by looking at Small, Medium and Large dining rooms.

1. Small Dining Room: A small dining room can generally range from 9 feet by 9 feet (2.7 meters by 2.7 meters) to 10 feet by 12 feet (3 meters by 3.7 meters). While this is the smallest of the three, this size can still comfortably hold a small dining table and chairs.

2. Medium Dining Room: A medium-sized dining room usually ranges between 10 feet by 12 feet (3 meters by 3.7 meters) and 12 feet by 14 feet (3.7 meters by 4.3 meters). Being larger, this size allows for a larger dining table and more or larger chairs. This room size can accommodate more people and allows for more movement.

3. Large Dining Room: A large dining room typically measures around 14 feet by 16 feet (4.3 meters by 4.9 meters) and anything above this measurement. With this room size, you’ll face less obstacles and will be able to comfortably accommodate additional furniture such as buffets or sideboards.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get to the burning question – what size rug should you add to your dining room? 

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3 Rules For Choosing A Rug Size

  • Rugs should remain at least 4 inches (10 cm) away from the walls to avoid crowding the room
  • Do not place rugs on floor vents
  • When choosing your rug, skip the painter’s tape - use DressMyCrib’s rug visualizer and check if the rug size fits your room the way you want it to

Rug Size Chart: Number of Dining Table Chairs

Let's look at a few general guidelines to follow depending on the number of chairs your dining room has.

Dining Table With 2 Chairs: Try a 4x6 dining room rug.

Dining Table With 4 Chairs: Try an 8x10 rectangular rug or an 8x8 square rug.

Dining Table With 6 Chairs: Try a 6x9 or 8x10 rectangle rug.

Dining Table With 8 Chairs: Try a 9x12 rectangle rug.

Dining Table With 10 Chairs: Try a 10x14 rectangle rug.

Rug Size Chart: Round Dining Tables

For round dining tables, you will still want to ensure that there are 18 to 24 inches of space between the chairs and the edge of the rug.

Round Dining Table With 4 Chairs: Try a 6' rug.

Round Dining Table With 6 Chairs: Try an 8' rug.

Remember - you will also want to consider the size of your rug in relation to your dining room size, not only your dining table. Keep the rug at least 4 inches (10 cm) away from the walls and leave enough space so the rug doesn't cover any air vents.

Rug Size Guide For Dining Room - 5 Tips

  • Measure the length and width of your dining room table and round each measurement to the nearest foot. Now, add 3-4 feet to each measurement. 
  • Your rug should extend 24-30 inches on each side of the table for the chairs to slide in and out easily. This size allows all four chair legs to stand on the rug and will eliminate the risk of the legs catching on the rug. 
  • For round tables: round rugs and square rugs will work best.
  • For rectangular tables: rectangular rugs will work best.
  • For oval tables: rectangular rugs will work best.

How To Choose Dining Room Rug Sizes

To choose the perfect rug size for your dining room, remember these 4 tips:

  • Standard Rug Sizes: The most common rug sizes for dining rooms include 5x7, 6x9, 8x10, and 9x12.
  • Measure Your Dining Room: To measure your dining room, we recommend using a tape measure to get the most accurate and precise dimensions of both the room and your dining table.
  • Rug Size Chart: Charts are always a good idea. We recommend using a rug size chart to visualize the right size for your space. This tool has been invaluable in our decision-making process.
  • Preview It In Your Room: What if you could select any rug from the internet and see how it fits in your room without buying it? Make use of Augmented Reality tools like DressMyCrib's "See Rug In Your Room" feature to preview various rug sizes in your dining room.

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Key Considerations For Choosing The Right Dining Room Rug Size

  • Dining Table Shape: We've learned that the shape of your dining table significantly impacts the choice of rug size. A square or round table may require a square or round rug, while a rectangular table usually pairs best with a rectangular rug.
  • Furniture Layout: In our designs, we always consider other furniture pieces when choosing a rug size. The rug should complement the entire room and its furniture, not just the dining table.
  • Room Dimensions: The size of the room plays a crucial role in determining rug size. We always factor in room dimensions to ensure the rug creates a balanced and harmonious look. This helps not to overwhelm the space and avoid making the room appear smaller. Read more about the role of dining room dimensions in our dining room rug size guide.
  • Balance And Proportions: Maintaining a sense of balance and proportion in the dining room is essential. Make sure that the rug size complements the room's proportions for a cohesive design.

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Common Misconceptions About Dining Room Rug Sizes

  • The Bigger, The Better: Many believe that a larger rug is always the best choice, but this is not always true. The rug size should be appropriate for the space and furnishings.
  • Smaller Rugs For Smaller Spaces: Contrary to popular belief, smaller spaces don't always need smaller rugs. A well-chosen larger rug can create a more cohesive look and even make the room appear larger - even in smaller rooms.
  • Matching Rug And Room Sizes: In our experience, it's not necessary for the rug size to match the room's dimensions exactly. Instead, focus on finding a rug that complements the room's layout and design.

Little-Known Pieces Of Information

  • Custom Rug Sizes: If standard sizes don't work for your space, consider having a custom rug made to fit perfectly. We've found this option invaluable in some of our designs.
  • Mixing Shapes: Combining different rug shapes can create an interesting visual effect. We've experimented with this concept and achieved some unique results. Plus, in 2023, irregular rug shapes are becoming particularly popular - experiment with them!
  • Rug Layering: Layering rugs can enhance a dining room's design. We've used this technique to add depth and texture to our spaces. You can also layer rugs over a carpeted floor to add color or patterns to your room or under your dining table.

Pros And Cons Of Different Dining Room Rug Sizes

  • Smaller Rugs: While choosing a smaller rug can save space and money, it may not provide the desired visual impact or comfort underfoot.
  • Larger Rugs: Larger rugs can create a more cohesive look, but they may also be more expensive and harder to clean.
  • Custom-Sized Rugs: Investing in a custom-sized rug ensures a perfect fit but can be more costly and time-consuming to produce.

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Dining Room Rug Size

  • Material Selection: When selecting a rug for a dining room, always consider the material. Options like wool, polypropylene, or polyester are durable and easy to clean, making them suitable for dining spaces with regular foot traffic and potential spills.
  • Color And Pattern Considerations: Selecting the right color and pattern for your dining room rug can significantly impact the room's overall ambiance. Consider the existing color scheme and the style you want to achieve before making your decision.
  • Maintenance And Care: To prolong the life of your dining room rugs, ensure they are well-maintained and cared for. This includes regular vacuuming, rotating the rug to minimize wear, and addressing spills promptly.

As highlighted by interior design and renovation specialist Rachel Brown from Homedit, "The best dining room rug size needs to be at least 18-24” longer than all sides of your dining table. This will keep all four chair legs on the rug and allow you to move them without catching the legs on the rug each time you move the chair in and out."


How Do I Choose The Right Dining Room Rug Size?

It might be difficult to choose the right dining room rug size since you need to be confident that the size, color, thickness, and style are all ideal for your room. You don't want to be let down if you see a rug in a particular part of the house. Use augmented reality technology to see the rug inside your home so you can be sure of your decision. Simply said, a smartphone is all that is required.

What Stores Or Platforms Sell Dining Room Rugs?

Today's market offers tions of dining room rugs. You can use DressMyCrib's augmented reality feature to decide and then shop for them online from retailers like Amazon, Target, Ikea, and Walmart. With just a phone, you can see any rug you like inside your own dining room!

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