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Oriental Rugs - A buyerís Guide

Guide to select the right rug size for your room.

Dinning Room Size

Here is a scaled graphic of a red dining room, Mahogany dining table, and six to eight chairs.  The dining table measures a standard 42 x 92 inches.  Note that if the rug measures 8 x 10 feet (at least size), there is room to pull the chairs out from the table with the back legs of the chairs remaining on the rug. If the back chair legs go off the rug, itís difficult to sit down and scotch the chair into the table while simultaneously lifting the back legs (as shown in the two pictures below).

A rug measuring 8 x 10 feet is usually the place to begin in a dining room, but note that other considerations can affect the size you choose:

  • Extra leaves in the table
    If you frequently use the table with extra leaves inserted, the 10 feet length can be too short, as a result the back legs of the chair at the end of the table (or the whole chair) go off the rug.
  • Server, sideboards, corner cub boards
    It is usually best to size the dining room rug so that ir does not go under the front of the server, sideboard, or corner cub board. If just the front of one of these pieces sits on the rug, you will probably need some sort of wooden or hard rubber shim under the rear legs to make the piece sit straight  and level.
  • A 6 x 9 feet rug for a dining room, or dining area that is rarely used
    If all the mealtime activity in your home takse place in an eat in kitchen, you can probably live happily with a smaller rug under the table in the dining rom.  A 6 x 9 feet rug will usaully hold a table and chairs comfortably, and will look well when the chairs are pushed in to the table; it is only when you pull the chairs out and partially off the rug that the problem surfaces!
  • A less expensive rug for the dining room
    We experience rugs in different ways in different rooms. A good rug is a real plus in the room where you spend lost of time.  When you are there alone there will come contemplative moments when you find yourself pondering the rug. When you are entertaining there is the inevitable lull in the conversation during which everyone studies the carpet.
    A rug in the dining room is experienced much more peripherally than in many areas; most of the time in the dinning room you are eating and conversing, not paying special attention to the design of the wallpaper or carpet. Better to save some $$$ and buy a less expensive rug, but still durable, for this room.
  • A carpet with allover design?
    We sometimes wonder if it is us or our customers, but rugs destined for use in dining rooms often seems to end up with allover designs. It makes some sense that this to be so.  With table and chairs covering the center of the carpet, there can be a little psychological mystery about what lies in the center of the rug.  Is that a central medallion in the design under the table, or a forgotten napkin, or a sleeping cat?  A rug with an allover pattern dispells the mystery.

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