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How to Choose a Rug for a Dining Room

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Have you ever thought about adding a rug to your dining room but you’re not sure where to begin? Area rugs add  warmth, style and can instantly elevate the design of any space! But finding a dining room rug that is both practical and stylish is no easy feat

Now the question is how do you go about choosing the right rug for a dining room? We’ve narrowed it down to three key elements – style, durability and size. We will walk you through each one to help you find the perfect area rug for the dining room in your home.



This one is always the most fun. There are endless possibilities of colors, patterns, and textures that you can pick. An area rug can be used to brighten a space, add some color in a room, or have it tie all the other elements together. And with endless options, you want to carefully consider one aspect of style and that is pile height. For most of us, the dining room is a gathering spot of the home. So make sure any crumbs can easily be cleaned up and chairs can effortlessly slide in and out. And because spills are inevitable, and the ease with which you can pull a chair back is important, flat-weave or low-pile rugs are the practical choice in the dining room.

Unless you use your dining room more as an office instead of for dinner parties, it’s probably best to avoid white and light-colored rugs in this space (as beautiful as they look). Of course, white is not the only rug color to watch out for. Any pale tone is going to show dirt and spots sooner than richer colors.



We can’t stress this one enough! Having an area rug that can withstand food, drink, and lots of foot traffic is really important. Take some time to do a little extra research before making your purchase. Check to see if it has stain resistant properties and if it’s recommended for higher traffic areas. We have seen plenty of rugs not hold up to the consistent use of space, so you’ll want to make sure your rug will last. Generally, pure natural fibers like cotton and wool are the simplest to clean at home. Conversely, synthetic blends are the most difficult. The exception are indoor-outdoor and stain-resistant rugs that are made to withstand scrubbing.



When it comes to the size of an area rug, the numbers can be pretty cut and dry. Having 24″- 36″ inches from the edge of the table to the edge of the rug will allow chairs to slide easily. Also, 12″- 18″ inches from rug to the border of the room will help to fill the space. However, a lot of the time, the numbers are rarely that exact, and homes don’t always fall into the super specific categories of 8’x10′ or 9’x12′. If you’re unsure, you should always err on the side of too big; an even wider border is ideal. Match the rug you choose to the shape of the room. Have a square dining room? Try a square or round rug. Rectangular room? Use a rectangular rug. Echoing the shape of the room with your rug brings a pleasing feeling of order to a space.


One of the best parts about choosing an area rug for your dining room is getting to add a little unexpected style to your space. Experiment with color, texture and pattern but be sure to consider the durability and size.


We hope you enjoyed our tips for choosing the perfect rug for your dining room!

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