How to Find the Right Sized Rug for Your Dining Room

We get it. You know what size shirt you need from your favorite shop. You know the size latte you want on your morning coffee run. But sizing a rug for a room isn’t something you do on the regular. And every room is a little bit different. 


Dining Room

Nobody likes to scooch their chair out from the table and feel it drop off the edge of the carpet. When choosing a rug for a dining area, use the old “the floor is lava!” game and leave enough room for chairs to pull in and out without touching the floor around the rug.

Typically, 24 inches around the table is a good rule of thumb.  If you’re like us and only use your dining room twice a year when you put the table leaf in for holiday dinners, keep that in mind for sizing.

General tips

Sizing a rug for your space is easier when your core furniture is already arranged. Either way, we definitely recommend busting out the tape measure and getting clear on the exact amount of space you’re working with. Boundless starter kits come with a tape measure, so you’re all set!


Rugs should define a space — pulling your furniture pieces together to create an environment, rather than looking like a standalone item. A small rug in the middle of a room will often make the space look smaller and less cohesive. Ideally, you want 24 inches from the wall to your rug, but 18 inches is totally fine for smaller spaces.

Maybe it seems weird, but try using painter’s tape or your Sunday paper (after completing the crossword), to mark out the space you plan to fill with a rug. Live with it for a day or two, and see if it works with how you use the space.

One trick for a big room is to define the space with an inexpensive jute or sisal rug, and then lay the rug you love on top!

Looking for other rooms?
Check out our other Rug Sizing Guides below!