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The Best Size Rug for Your Dining Room

| Team Tumble

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal or a night spent celebrating with friends. Though the kitchen is likely to be the place where all the action happens, the dining room is where your efforts shine. With a beautiful spread, candles, and music in the background, the dining room is a place where memories are made. 

When you’re not using your dining room, however, it can sometimes feel empty. One of the most effective ways to breathe new life into a room, and a dining room specifically, is by incorporating aesthetic — yet functional — elements into the space. 

A dining room, more so than any other room, is like a stage. The table is where laughter, shared meals, and memories are created over food and drinks. Setting the table is like creating a beautiful table to be appreciated. But what about what’s below the dining table?

Making a Statement With a Rug

Have you ever considered how much of a statement you could make with a rug in your dining room? Whether you have carpeted or wood flooring, placing a rug underneath your dining table is making a statement; it’s a signal that you’re serious about entertaining, unbothered by accidents or spills, and are committed to creating a memorable environment. 

Finding the right size rug for your dining room can feel like a daunting task. Don’t worry; this concise guide is here to help you find not only the right size but the right fit for your dining room. 

What Kind of Dining Room Do You Have?

Before we get into figuring out what size and type of rug will best fit your lifestyle, it’s important to consider what kind of design you’re working with. Are you a forever minimalist, balancing our neutral tones with sleek and understated pieces? 

Perhaps you’re a colorful maximalist who is always looking for an excuse to incorporate another layer or pattern into your life. Or, maybe design is less important to you because the needs of your family, pets, or lifestyle take priority over aesthetics. 

But what if you didn’t have to choose? What if a washable & spillproof rug (built for kids and pets and busy lifestyles) came in a variety of designs that could effortlessly slide into your existing aesthetic? This isn’t a far-fetched design goal; it’s a reality with Tumble rugs

Considering Priorities 

All families are different, but a dining room is a special space regardless of whether you dine with a four-legged friend or a large family. Selecting a rug for your dining room is important, particularly when it comes to what the needs of your dining room might be. 

If you are a pet lover, then your home decor might reflect that; spillproof and stain-resistant surfaces are par for the course. Having something that can be washed easily is likely a priority.

If you’re a parent or have a family of messy eaters, then you might not want a rug at all for fear of stains, spills, or other food-related accidents. Why not invest in a rug that is spillproof, nontoxic, and just as aesthetic as it is effective?

That’s where Tumble’s spillproof rugs come in. We offer beautifully handcrafted rugs that are made for the modern home. Every Tumble rug is machine-washable and includes a nonslip pad, both of which are easy to incorporate into your space in less than a few minutes. 

Balancing Design and Function 

You don’t have to choose between a rug that looks good and a rug that does the job. There’s nothing more frustrating than hovering over that beautiful new addition to your home, apologizing to houseguests for asking them to step around it or be careful with it. 

You don’t have to worry about that with Tumble rugs because they are designed with you in mind. Life is busy, mealtimes can get messy, and pets can come in and track dirt through the house. Life happens, and that’s okay because life is meant to be embraced and enjoyed to the fullest. With spillproof rugs, you don’t have to ask yourself whether you care more about design or longevity; you can have both. 

Selecting the Right Size for Your Dining Room Rug 

Not all rugs are created equal, so it’s important to make sure that when you’re selecting a rug for a room — not just your dining room — that it fits well and makes sense with the rest of the room design. Whether you have a round, square, or rectangular dining room table, it’s important to make sure that your rug completely encompasses the dining table and seating area. 

If a rug is too small, it will cramp the space and not allow for adequate room for entertaining and eating. Not only that, but a rug is something to show off — even if it’s understated. Allowing for a bit of space around your dining table gives a moment to appreciate the high level of craftsmanship that goes into a rug. 

Your ideal rug size directly correlates to the size and shape of your dining room table. In general, most medium-sized tables will seat six to eight chairs (or less). For a medium-sized dining room table, consider an 8x10’ rug. No matter the shape of the table, this size rug will adequately hold the table with enough breathing space for movement around the table. 

Any medium-sized table will work well with an 8x10’ rug, including circle, square, oval, or rectangular. If you want the rug to extend past the chairs surrounding a rectangular rug, an 8’ x 10’ rug will be necessary.

Smaller-sized dining room tables, like those that seat four to six chairs, are well suited to a 6x9’ rug. This guideline applies to any table shape — square, circle, oval, rectangular, and more. If you have a rectangular dining room table, 6x9’ rugs are the best choice if you don’t want your rug to stretch past the chairs.

The Bottom Line 

You shouldn’t have to choose between form and function, poor quality and overpriced goods. Tumble balances it all with accessible designs, spillproof rugs, and a high level of craftsmanship that will not go unnoticed. 

It truly is the best of both worlds when it comes to Tumble because you aren’t forced to choose between a high level of craftsmanship and a commitment to functional design that works for every lifestyle. Breathe a sigh of relief because a rug that makes sense is finally here. 


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