How To Correctly Measure for a Dining Room Rug


After moving into our new home, I have slowly started decorating. Up until this point in my life, most of the furniture I have owned has been hand-me-downs and I have been excited to add some staple pieces to my home that are within my budget.

I started in the kitchen, since that is where my family tends to spend most of our time. I picked out my kitchen table and chairs and while I loved the way they looked in my kitchen, I really felt like I needed to do something more that would define the space of my dining room. I knew that a rug would do the trick, but with three kids, I was nervous that I would constantly be cleaning up after them and that they would stain and spill on my rug.

Tip #1: Indoor/Outdoor rugs are the perfect dining room rugs! They are seriously made to handle the elements (which a 3 year old could definitely be compared to a hurricane or torrential rain storm!), so cleaning up spilled milk or other food is a breeze! So far, everything has wiped right off with some warm water and I love how durable the indoor/outdoor rugs are.

As I was choosing which rug to get, I started looking at sizes and realized I had no idea what rug I needed. I knew the size of my table and emailed the company asking what size they would recommend and they responded with this sweet tip, which I wanted to share with you today because it was so genius!

Tip #2: How to correctly measure for a dining table rug. Have you ever ordered a rug online, only to have it be the wrong size? I learned a quick trick that will make sure you never have that problem! I decided that it would be easier to just show you instead of try to explain it in a post, so I put this little video together:


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Here are the links to the furniture that I have in my home:
The table is the Walton Dining Table
The chairs are the Rolled-Back Parsons Chairs
The end chairs are the Button-Tufted Side Chairs
The rug is Ciudad Area Rug (and Indoor/Outdoor Rug)

Home Decorators Collection is an online furniture company owned by Home Depot and a couple of the sisters have ordered furniture from them before, so I knew their stuff was great quality for an affordable price. They have an amazing selection online, with many of the items having free shipping!


This post was written in partnership with Home Decorators Collection, but all opinions and experiences are 100% honest and completely my own.



How To Correctly Measure for a Dining Room Table Rug

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21 Responses to “How To Correctly Measure for a Dining Room Rug”

  1. Vincent Burns
    Thank you for the tips on how to measure out the rug. I have been trying to figure out what to do for a while because I want a rug that is going to be proportional to the table and not get caught by the chairs when moved out. I have that problem right now with an older rug and it causes discomfort when sitting at the table.
    • I ended up getting the 7'6"x10'9" rug and it has worked perfectly. I would get the size rug that fits the size table that you have out most of the time. If your leaves are in all the time, I would base the rug size on that. If you only use your leaves for very special occasions, I think that I would go with a rug that fits the table when it's smaller, just so that it doesn't look like the wrong sized rug the rest of the time! I think that it also depends on the size of your leaves and how many you have too. I hope that helps!! :) Thanks so much for the question!
  2. Maria
    We just got hard wood floors in our dining room and living room (adjoining rooms). So do you get a rug for the dining room table to fit when all of the leaves are in place or for the size of the table during everyday use?? Thanks so much!!
  3. Thanks for the tip. What size dining table do you have? Also, what type of floors do you have? I like how easily your chairs slid over the floors. They looked like luxury vinyl tile, which is what I was thinking of getting and just want to make sure it's ok to put a rug on them without any issues.
  4. I love this set but I am in the camp with all of you who have littles who are very likely to stain the chairs. Now that you have had them for awhile, can you tell me what types of stains you have been able to wipe off? Are they from the big offenders group? I am mostly worried about things like spaghetti sauce and greasy pizza? Will we have to eliminate these things from our diet if we purchase these chairs? Thanks so much for bringing this set to our attention. It is beautiful!
    • Hi Jenn! So, after having these chairs for a year, I have actually been pretty impressed!! I have a 3 year old daughter (she actually just turned 4) who misses her mouth more times than she actually makes it. We had pizza soup the other night (a beautiful red tomato-based soup) and she spilled her entire bowl on her chair. This chair hadn't been treated with anything - so I just used water and carpet cleaner and it came right up! It also came out of the rug with just warm water and a towel. You can't even tell that there was red soup all over it. The material is super durable too . . . I worried about it pilling or showing signs of wear and tear, especially with all the intense cleaning I have to do with my kids, but everything has come right up with warm water and carpet cleaner and it still looks really good. I hope that helps! From one mom to another, these chairs have been surprising kid-friendly (and I promise they did not pay me to say this . . . this is my honest opinion). :)

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