What is the Best Area Rug for a Dining Room?

If you're looking for the perfect area rug for a dining room, there are special considerations to keep in mind. Unlike an area rug in a living room or bedroom, you don't have multiple people pulling out chairs from a table and pushing them back in again. This important function is unique to dining rooms and it dictates the type of rug you'll want to use, as well as the size.

Planning Your Dining Room and Area Rug Placement

An area rug in a dining room it almost always placed underneath the centerpiece of the room, which is the dining room table. When you do this, you need to have an area rug that won't interfere with the table's function or present a tripping hazard for your family and guests. This is why a rug with a short pile (and not a shag carpet) is ideal. Experts say that you should pull out all the chairs from your table and take a measurement to see how large the area rug needs to be so that chair legs won't get caught on the outer edges. You'll also want to consider other furnishings around the room, such as a china cabinet or sideboard. The rug should either be large enough to hold the front legs of other furniture or small enough that it won't interfere.

Choosing a Dining Room Area Rug Shape and Style

As a general rule, the shape of the area rug should match the shape of your table. Most dining room tables will be square or rectangular. However, for those that are round, look for a round area rug.

As for styles, at Dean Flooring Company you'll find everything from traditional to modern to rustic area rugs, so it's easy to match your new area rug with your dining room décor.