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8 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Dining Room Rug

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Whether frequented daily or used once a year on the holidays, the rug you choose for your dining room space should be both practical and stylish. Serving as an accent piece and an anchor for your space, a dining room rug transforms the overall look of a space and forms a foundation on which you can build a room that is both well-appointed and welcoming.

What type of rug is best for a dining room?

Ready to stand up to high-traffic and potential spills and stains, a flat-weave, medium, or low pile-height rug makes it easy for dining chairs to be pulled out and slid back in, while natural fibers such as jute, cotton and wool are easier to clean at home with minimal effort when you’re faced with the inevitable red wine or tomato sauce spill. When choosing color, use your surroundings as inspiration, take into account your decor, furniture and wall color to choose a rug that blends in, or stands out, effortlessly.


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Determining the right size rug for your dining room

When trying to determine which size rug is best for your dining room, a good rule of thumb to follow is too big is always better than being too small. Ensuring there is 24 inches of rug on all sides of the dining table allows enough space for guests to pull out their chairs without tripping over the rug, while 36 inches of space between the table and wall of your dining room ensures guests can get up and move around with ease.


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Round Dining Room Rugs

If looking to match your dining rug shape to another anchor piece such as your dining room table or chandelier, a round rug is a fabulous option that creates symmetry and helps to center a room while accentuating your space. Topped with furniture that doesn’t crowd the rug and allows for proper movement within the room, you’ll set the ideal scene to dine and relax.


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Square Dining Room Rugs

Ideal for smaller homes or compact dining spaces, square rugs anchor your dining area while also providing a great landing place for a variety of dining room furniture. Round tables, or compact square options top a square rug well without sacrificing space or style, while seating options such as upholstered chairs, leather stools, or benches serve their purpose while elevating the overall look of your dining room.


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Rectangular Dining Room Rugs

Perfect for larger, more expansive dining rooms or areas, a rectangular rug is ideal for matching the room shape and for filling space. By matching your rug shape to the shape of your dining room, you create a sense of order and a pleasing balance within your home. If your dining space is a high-traffic area, choose a colorful, patterned, or stain-resistant rug to reduce the likelihood of accidental spills showing through.


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Oval Dining Room Rugs

Oval rugs offer up a refreshing change of pace from their traditional round or rectangular counterparts. Conjuring up stately vibes, and cozy elegance, oval rugs fill a space well and round out your design scheme nicely. If you’re stuck with a small dining room table and want to create an illusion of having more room, an oval rug helps to trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it truly is.


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Wool Dining Room Rugs

For high-traffic rooms, especially one where food is being served, wool rugs are king as they are durable and easy to spot-clean, keeping their appearance and structure much longer than those constructed from synthetic fibers. Choose a darker or multi-colored tone wool rug to provide effortless protection and built-in camouflage from pesky spills.


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Jute Dining Room Rugs

Jute fibers are known for their durability, soft texture, and beauty when woven together. Jute rugs bring a touch of rustic beauty to your dining area and easily imbue your space with coastal or tropical style. Choose a rug with a tight weave to ensure ease when moving chairs in and out and a more pleasant feel underfoot. Being a natural fiber, jute rugs are also an eco-friendly choice as they are both biodegradable and recyclable.


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