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Dining Room Rug Sizes (Dimensions Guide)

Welcome to our dining room rug sizes guide including dimensions for area rugs, table rugs and choosing the right rug size for different types of dining tables.
Dining area with yellow rug french door coffered ceiling pendant light isOne of the best ways to improve dining room aesthetics is placing a rug on the floor, particularly under the dining room table.  Not only does it protect the floor from chair scuff marks, but it can also enhance the dining room’s overall aesthetics.

Unfortunately, many homeowners are clueless about the correct size of dining room rug they should buy.  Understanding the right size empowers homeowners to purchase the best product.

What Size Rug for a Dining Room?

Choosing the correct rug size for a dining room is crucial because one only needs to cover the floor under the dining table and chairs and its immediate surroundings.

If the rug is too big, it would create an impression that one is hiding something on the floor.  If the rug is too small, other people may think that the homeowner is hiding a minor surface imperfection, such as a stain or a cracked tile.

So, what size of rug should one get for the dining room?

Determining the correct dining room rug size is not an exact science.  Neither is it pure guesswork. In general, the rug should always be larger than the area occupied by the dining table and chairs when in use.

Hence, if the dining table measures four by six feet and the chairs occupy about two feet when people sit on them, a good size dining room rug is eight feet by twelve feet. One can always opt for a slightly smaller rug if this is too large.

What Size Rug for a Dining Room Table?

Dining area with rustic table and chair glass window rug light gray paint isMost rectangular tables are 36 to 40 inches wide and can be four to five feet long.  Dining tables that seat eight people are at least 6.5 feet long.

As such, it would be a wise choice to get a rug that is about three to four feet longer and wider than the dining table’s dimensions.

For example, if a homeowner has a 40-inch wide, 70-inch-long dining table, the smallest rug one can get should measure 76 inches (6.3 feet) wide and 106 inches (8.83 feet) long. 

If one has a circular dining table, a round dining room rug may be more appropriate to frame the table. 

The rug size should be at least three feet larger than the dining table’s diameter.  For example, if one has a six-foot diameter dining table, it would be wise to get a nine or ten-foot-diameter rug.

How Big Should a Dining Room Rug Be?

One should always check other dining room elements when determining the size of dining room rug.

For example, if there are cabinets or other pieces of furniture near the dining table, it would be wise to check the rug’s size so it doesn’t touch the leading edges of these objects. Read more about standard dining room dimensions here.

How Much Bigger Should a Rug Be than a Dining Table?

Dining table and rug with dimension isAs a rule, the rug should be between 18 and 24 inches larger on all sides than the dining table.  The extra one-and-a-half to two feet space should allow guests to sit and get up from their dining chairs without scratching the floor.

Having a rug under the chair legs also eliminates noise and vibration, which can be annoying during conversations.

What Size Rug for  a Dining Room Table with 4 Chairs?

A four-seater dining table is about 48 inches long and 36 to 40 inches wide. Adding 36 to 48 inches to these dimensions will result in a rug with a size of 84 to 96 inches long and 72 to 88 inches wide.

The additional 1.5 to two feet on each side of the rug will accommodate the chairs’ legs when in use.

What Size Rug for Dining Room Table with 6 Chairs?

Dining tables that seat six people can have a minimum length of 60 inches or five feet.  As such, the rug size for this table should be at least eight feet long, extending to about nine feet for optimum floor protection.

The rug’s width can be between 72 and 88 inches wide, although it can always be bigger or smaller depending on the six-seater dining table’s actual measurements.

What Size Rug for a Dining Room Table with 8 Chairs?

Dining room with rug black cabinets white paint isAn eight-person dining table can measure 40 to 48 inches wide and 78 to 96 inches long.  Given these dimensions, one can get a 76-inch wide, 114-inch-long dining room rug as the minimum. 

If the dining room permits, one can get a larger size rug.  For example, a 144-inch long and 96-inch-wide mat should give diners more space to safely move their chairs.

What Size Rug for a Dining Room Table with 10 Chairs?

A dining table that seats ten people can be at least nine feet long, although some manufacturers offer up to 12 feet. 

The width is between 3.5 and 4 feet, suggesting that a 6.5 to 8-footwide rug is ideal.  The mat’s length can be as short as 12.5 feet or if 16 feet, depending on the table’s actual dimensions.

Tips for Choosing the Right Rug Size for a Dining Room

When choosing the right rug size for dining room, it would be best to measure the dining table’s dimensions as accurately as possible. 

Always measure the table’s length and width because these are essential parameters for determining the correct rug size.

If one has a round dining table, it is crucial to measure the table’s diameter.  One can place the tape measure from one side and extend it to the table’s other side at its widest point.

To determine the correct rug size for the dining room, one needs to add a minimum of three feet (36 inches) on all measurement parameters.  If one wants to be more generous with chair space, one can add four feet (48 inches) on the length and width measurements.


Determining the correct size of dining room rug is crucial to safeguarding the dining room floor’s integrity against scratches and scuff marks. 

It also serves as a frame for the dining table, allowing it to stand out in the room.  As a rule, the right rug size is always four feet longer and wider than the dining table.

See more related content at our article about polyester rugs on this page.

Connie S

Monday 12th of September 2022

I have a dining room that is 13' wide by 12' 4' long. I have purchased a farmhouse table with a bench that is coming soon. The table is 84" long by 42" wide. To have enough room for a rug to be under the bench and chairs when pulled out, what size rug would you recommend?