The Ultimate Guide - How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Dining Room Space

Finding the right rug for your dining room space doesn't have to be difficult. Just follow our handy guide below, then shop with the criteria in hand. Magic Rugs is a great place to start your search. We have a massive selection of vintage Persian and Oriental rugs, as well as unique collections like our Morocco series and our Kilim series. Review the guide below then start your search for the perfect dining room rug.

1   Know your shapes

Sounds simple, right? But it’s easy to get caught up in the details and totally lose track of what you’re supposed to be shopping for. So, let’s keep it simple. Rug shape should generally match table shape. Use this chart to help you.

The Ultimate Guide - How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Dining Room Space

2   Have your dimensions on hand

Make sure you know the dimensions of your dining table. You’ll want to measure the length and width of the table top.

Then measure again with the chairs pulled out. The idea is to make enough space so that the chairs don’t fall off the rug when your guests scoot backward.

Next, take a look at the whole room and all the furniture in it. Consider whether you want your new rug to be big enough to include other furniture pieces. In general, we recommend leaving about 20” of space between the rug and the wall.

Use this handy box to write down your measurements.

The Ultimate Guide - How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Dining Room Space The Ultimate Guide - How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Dining Room Space

3   Let’s talk about design

It might be tempting to use a traditional rug with a medallion design in the center. But you may find that your beautiful design is awkwardly covered up once placed under the table. That’s why most designers recommend an allover design. An allover provides a consistent pattern underneath the table and chairs. You’ll find so many gorgeous options too. Allover patterns are found throughout the rug-making world, so you’ll have your pick of color, design and origin.

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4   Color, right?

The colors you choose play a significant role in defining the space. Light neutral colors are versatile and can serve as an anchor for all the pieces in the dining room. But, as you know, neutrals don’t hide spills and stains.

Instead, look around the room at your accent pieces - a coveted vase, upholstery, wall hangings, unique furniture pieces. Choose a color that brings out your accent colors. This will add depth to the room.

Bold colors are also a great choice if you’d like your one-of-a-kind vintage rug to be the centerpiece, and of course hide those nasty stains.

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The Ultimate Guide - How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Dining Room Space

Construction & Material

This probably goes without saying, but try to find a rug that is suitable for the amount of wear and tear you expect. For example, if your dining room is off limits to the kids or used only for special occasions, you might be okay with a silk rug. On the other hand, if you’re expecting lots of use - everyday meals, entertaining guests - then consider shopping for rugs made of more durable and easy-to-clean wool and cotton. Low pile and flat weave rugs are also going to be your best choice here as opposed to harder-to-clean high pile rugs and rugs made of natural fibers, like jute and seagrass.

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The Ultimate Guide - How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Dining Room Space

So let’s re-cap:

1   Rug shape should generally match table shape
2   There are three sets of measurements you should have on hand
3   Explore allover rug designs as opposed to medallion designs
4   Choose bold colors and designs that highlight your accent pieces or provide their own focal points
 Rug pile should be consistent with the expected wear and tear of the room; generally, you’ll want to shop for wool and cotton rugs

We hope this is a helpful guide for you. Our guides are based on real questions from real customers. You can always contact us if you need help finding the perfect rug. Don’t forget to check out our massive collection of unique vintage Persian & Oriental rugs. You can shop easily using all the criteria we’ve listed here in this guide. Happy shopping!