10 Tips for Getting a Dining Room Rug Just Right

Finding a dining room rug that is both practical and stylish is no easy feat. Fluffy pile can permanently trap every crumb from the table. Too-small rugs can trip up chairs. But a good rug can bring color, texture, warmth and style to the dining room — making the hunt well worth the effort. Read on for 10 tips for choosing the just-right rug for this hardworking room.
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Choosing the Right Sized and Shaped Rugs for the Holidays

They always come faster than expected but as we start to bundle up in our coats it’s clear, the holidays are right around the corner. This season, as you’re preparing to host friends and family, make sure you don’t overlook something that is almost as important as the turkey—your home. Obviously, you want to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable, and one way you can do so is with rugs! When used correctly area rugs can warm any room, creating a cozy environment to relax in. Having the perfect rug becomes especially important in the living room and the dining room, where you’ll be entertaining the most during the holiday season. So how exactly do you find those perfect dining room and living room rugs?

Dining Room: Your dining room rug should be long and wide enough to allow plenty of space for chairs to slide in and out, but it should not be too big. You want to make sure there is room between the walls and the edges of your rug (keep 18 inches of bare floor exposed on the edges of the rug). Otherwise, the rug will look overwhelming. The shape of your rug should reflect the shape of your table. This way your rug is accentuating your table as opposed to detracting from it. If you have a round table you should have a round rug and typically eight ft. round rugs are a great choice with 4-6 chairs. If you have a rectangular table you should have a rectangular rug and typically 9’x12’ or 8’x10’ rugs will work under a table with 6-8 chairs.


Living Room: Typically a living room rug will be a 5’x8’, 8’x10’ or 9’x12’. A 5×8 rug will usually be placed under a coffee table, with the remaining furniture placed off and around the rug. An 8×10 rug will allow for your furniture to be placed on top of or completely off of the rug (which depend on the dimensions of your room and your furniture pieces). A 9×12 rug almost always has all of the furniture placed on top of it. It’s important to be generous with the size of your living room rug because a rug that is too small can get lost in your furniture. If you already have a rug that is too small a great solution is layering a larger rug under your existing one.


Regardless of your room size or décor, we are confident that we have a great rug that will fit your home and needs! Stop by our showroom and do not hesitate to seek the advice of our associates. We are always willing to help!

Sources: doverrug.com, http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/534512/