Rug Under Dining Table

Rug Under Dining Table

Do you have a dining room with hardwood floors? If so, do you use an area rug in your dining room? Way back when I first started working on my dining room, I was looking at black and white striped rugs, but I couldn’t find one that worked. (That was before I settled on black and white striped draperies.) I finally decided to go with a simple jute rug, which is probably my favorite kind of rug. I bought this one from Overstock. It’s actually not that dark in person. In fact, you can see a glimpse of it here. It’s very neutral, and serves the purpose that I like for area rugs to serve by defining the area. But after spending a week making one wingback dining chair, and now starting on the second one, I’m starting to think through the practicality (or impracticality) of having an area rug in the dining room in the first place. The wingback chairs, while not super heavy, are definitely bigger and heavier than a regular dining chair, like a side chair. And I’m concerned that sliding those chairs in and out from the table on a rug will just get really old after a while, and will probably end up ruining the rug and possibly even weakening the legs on the chairs (all of the chairs, actually) just from the added extra force required to push a chair back over carpet. So when I was standing there in Home Depot, looking at the adhesive and nail-on feet glide options, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision. I went with the nail-on felt pads made for hardwood floors (I got these) instead of the slick plastic glides made for use on carpet. I brought those home, attached them to the feet of the one finished wingback chair, and tested it out. It slid across the floor so easily! I mean, with pretty much no effort at all. Just for the sake of practicality and ease of use, I think I have to do away with the area rug. But of course, from a decorating point of view, that kind of disappoints me. In my mind, a finished dining room that has hardwood floors needs an area rug. So I headed to Houzz to see if I could find examples of dining rooms with hardwood floors and no area rugs. I expected them to be in the minority, but as it turns out, that wasn’t the case at all! I searched “dining room with hardwood floor” and at least half of the rooms that came up on that search didn’t use rugs! I guess others have found that area rugs with dining chairs are impractical as well. Photo by Studio William Hefner – More traditional dining room photos Photo by Fanny Zigdon Interiors – Look for modern dining room design inspiration Photo by jodi foster design + planning – More traditional dining room ideas Photo by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. – Browse farmhouse dining room ideas Photo by Riach Architects – Look for traditional dining room pictures Photo by Amerisips – More traditional dining room photos Those are just a few of the examples I found, and I don’t think those rooms look like they’re lacking because they don’t have an are rug. Do you? Anyway, I readily admit that more times than not, I’m a form over function kind of person, and I make no apologies for it. But in this case — this rare case — I’m going to opt for practicality. When my house is nearer to completion, I really do want this dining room to be used…often. I want it filled with people, good conversation, and loads of laughter. And the last thing I want is to be concerned whether or not my guests are able to easily and comfortably get up from the dining table. So I’m curious. For those of you who have hardwood floors in your dining room, do you use an area rug? Have you found it to cause difficulty with pushing the chairs in and out from the table? And what, if anything, have you done or used to make it easier? FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogleMoreEmailPrintLinkedInReddit
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Rug Under Dining Table

There was a dhurrie rug under the dining room table at our previous house and it turned out to be a nuisance for reasons already mentioned. When our Maltese/poodle mix left a surprise on the white background, it had to go (the rug, not the dog). In our current house, there’s no rug under the table. Adhesive-backed felt pads on the chairs protect the oak floor. The dining room opens to the living room. In between I put a 5×7-ish Persian rug, so it’s like having a rug in the dining room, but it’s not under the table. I also have a small Turkish kilim on the dining room wall. So, if you’re intent on a rug, it doesn’t have to go on the floor. It can go on the wall instead.
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Rug Under Dining Table

Love that you have put it out there for us to listen to each other. :0) We have a nice dining room and it steps down to the living room- and the whole 1st floor is wood. I’m on the hunt for the right area rug for the living room, but not the dining room. For all the reasons already mentioned ( harder to clean, moving the chairs, wear on the rug, children, spills, dog hair, etc) but also I like the clean look without it. Usually I think more is more and I like more-but I also like a bit of a colonial look and that means no rug under the dining table. And I want the eye to to go the drapes and the runner on the table and the table decorations- not the rug. We did have a wooden mat under our kitchen table for quite a while (the same one miss mustard seed used under her dining room table) but we were always tripping on it and used the space constantly so it did not stand up to the wear. So now there are no rugs under my tables.
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We used to have wall to wall in the dining room (like most homes used to have) and finallyput in hardwood about 8 years ago. We purposely don’t have an area rug because we use our dining room everyday and we are messy eaters! My kids and husband will often be munching on food as they are walking to the table, LOL! I think that a rug under a table that gets a lot of use is either going to be a lot of work to keep clean or unsanitary. The drawback is that there isn’t a rug to absorb sound, but since I recently hung curtains, I found that noise isn’t that much of an issue anymore. (We only really noticed it was a bit noisier right after we took out the wall to wall carpeting.) I live in southern Maryland–a bit colder than your Texas I’m sure, and the floor doesn’t feel chilly in the winter, either. Maybe someone living in a colder climate would really need a rug in the winter to remove the chill from the floor? I’d say forget the rug in the dining room and use that pretty rug in your family room or music room, or wherever. Just my 2 cents worth, since you asked.
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The style of your rug, including the pattern and color, should work with the style of your dining room furniture and adjoining spaces. Diners seated at the table should enjoy their meal instead of wonder why you placed a purple shag rug under your Early American maple dining set. Traditional patterns in a rug’s weave will more likely complement the lines and wood tones of a traditional table and chairs. Contemporary patterns and colors are typically better suited to streamlined styles. The flooring surrounding the rug should also work with it in tone and pattern. Use a simple border rug if the flooring pattern is heavily patterned.
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Dressed in Style The style of your rug, including the pattern and color, should work with the style of your dining room furniture and adjoining spaces. Diners seated at the table should enjoy their meal instead of wonder why you placed a purple shag rug under your Early American maple dining set. Traditional patterns in a rug’s weave will more likely complement the lines and wood tones of a traditional table and chairs. Contemporary patterns and colors are typically better suited to streamlined styles. The flooring surrounding the rug should also work with it in tone and pattern. Use a simple border rug if the flooring pattern is heavily patterned.
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Like you, my husband and I have no children so having the indoor/outdoor rug under our table hasn’t been a messy issue for us. The rug is easy to clean and gives the contrast from the table/chairs to the laminate flooring. We have occasional family get-togethers and friends who gather around the table looking out towards the lake. Being a flat weave rug it is easy to move the chairs. Joss & Main have a ton of wonderful indoor/outdoor rugs that could fit the bill for you as I’m sure other sites do as well. My rug has a pattern to it so even small amounts of “whatever’s” don’t show up ie: cat fur. For your lifestyle, I wouldn’t be too concerned about continual messes under your table. Each situation is different so whatever works for you and ends up looking like the vision you have is what you should do.