Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Choosing the Right Rug Size for Dining Room (Part - III)

A carpet adds comfort, gives warmth to your feet, hushes the sound of moving chairs, ties in the elements of your décor, completes the look of a room, accents your décor, and makes a space appear more welcoming. But if it does everything except fit into your space, then the whole purpose is defeated. In our previous article, we shared complete guidelines on Choosing the Right Rug Size for Living Room and Bedroom. Now, here are some useful guidelines that throw light on choosing the perfect carpet size for a dining room taking into consideration the size, shape, space, and user requirements.

Things to remember:
-Be careful not to fall into the trap of getting a rug simply because you like the design or the texture.
-Avoid a too small rug that barely contains the table and the chairs.
-The rug size you need will vary based on the size of your dining table and number of chairs.
- When selecting the rug, remember that your table and chairs will obscure the centre pattern and texture of the rug, so be sure to choose a large enough rug size so that any pattern or texture will be visible at the peripheral edges.
-A patterned rug under a glass-topped table adds an additional design element that will take centre stage when your guests are seated at the table.
- Guests should be able to slide their chairs all the way out without catching the edge of the rug.
-Keep 18 inches of bare floor, exposed on the edges of the rug.
- Consider the shape of your space when choosing the shape of your rug.
- Look at your room's furniture layout, and then determine the size you need.
-For chairs to slide in and out comfortably, you should add 24″-30″ to each side of the table for the perfect rug size.
-If your table has extensions or leaves, take measurements with them in place, so you’ll have a large enough rug regardless of the size of your dinner party.

Recommended carpet sizes for dining room

Dining areas have stricter rules when selecting a proper rug size. To find out the right size for your dining room, all you have to do is make sure the table and chairs are completely on the rug irrespective of whether the chairs are kept under the table when not in use or pulled out when used. This means when you pull out the chair to sit at the dining table or when you get up from your place, the chair legs should remain on the rug. Take a tape and measure starting from the back legs of the chairs just beyond where the chairs are pulled out till two feet wide from all sides of the table (length and width). This should be your ideal size for the dining area.   Sizes to consider: 9x12, 8x10 Of course, you can go larger if you wish. If you want a very large rug for your dining room, the same rule applies: your rug should act like a frame for whatever furniture or accessories are placed on it. Ensure that there is some space between your rug’s outer border and the floor.

We recommend a rug that is 8' x 10' or larger.
A six chair dining room table will need an 8x10 rug size
An eight chair dining room table will need a 9x12 rug size
A ten chair dining room table will need a 10x14 rug size


Consider the size and shape of your space and table when choosing the shape of your rug. Round dining tables in round dining rooms look best over round rugs. An oversized round dining table means an extra-large round area rug. Round rugs have the capacity to create a central point in any space. Eight foot round rugs are a great choice for round dining tables with four to six chairs. Rectangle rugs are the most common types of rugs and can easily be found in many styles and colours. Large rectangular area rugs are usually preferred in dining areas to tie the large room together. Similarly, square rugs can also be made on order in wide variety of styles and patterns in myriad shades and textures. Square area rugs go well with small square dining rooms with minimalist furniture. Other shapes such as oval and octagon are not so common in dining areas, but are preferred in large floor spaces. The same rule of thumb applies to shapes as well.  Ideally you’ll need a rug much larger than the whole setting to ensure that the chairs don’t ‘go off’ the rug’s edge as they are pushed in or pulled out to sit on.

The style of rug is another vital aspect, because the dining room is another area where spills can occur. These little accidents can be far more easily dealt with if there is a flat rug as opposed to a high pile rug on the floor, because flat rugs are generally easier to clean. And if you need to move quickly, your chairs will be far easier to move on a flat rug. After all, flat rugs won’t show furniture marks as much as higher piles.

All you need to do is spend a little time thinking about what you want, what you need, the colours, the shape, and the fabric and weaves options, and once you do these picking a rug will get easier. In this day, with all the dining table size options in the market, it is best to measure your table and room to make sure you are getting the best rug size for your dining space. Eventually, all that matters is that your choice should be based on a good balance of what you love and where the rug is going to be located considering the floor space and furniture.

The rug size depends on the room floor space, furniture and the type of room. Check out the guidelines to right rug size for living room in Part I and for bedroom in Part - II.

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