Should You Add a Rug Under Your Dining Room or Kitchen Table?

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Adding a rug under the kitchen or dining room table is a contentious design issue. Some people love the look of a rug under the table, while others find it fussy or unnecessary.

Minimalists hate it, yet it’s often seen in traditional spaces. So, what’s the verdict? Is it a design do or don’t?

Here are a few factors to help you decide whether or not you should add a rug under your dining room or kitchen table.


A good rug isn’t cheap

This isn’t just a matter of opinion. A good rug usually carries a pretty hefty price tag, especially if you’re looking for something large enough to fit under a dining room table.

If you’re not willing to spend the money on a good quality rug, it’s probably not worth your time to add one under the table.

There are cheaper rug options, but they’re often not as durable or beautiful as the more expensive options.

In addition, cheaper rugs are more likely to shed, which can be a pain if you have a dining room table with chairs that slide around on the floor.


Does it match the overall style of the room?

Some styles lend well to having a rug under the table, while others don’t.

If your dining room or kitchen has a more formal feel, a rug can actually help to ground the space and make it feel more pulled together.

On the other hand, if your style is more casual, a rug might look out of place or like you’re trying too hard.

It really comes down to personal preference and the overall feel of the room you’re trying to create.


Is your table in a cramped area, or is there space to work with?

Do you have enough space for the rug? Will people be constantly tripping over it or getting their chair legs stuck on the edge?

If your dining room or kitchen is on the smaller side, it might be best to forgo the rug altogether.

Adding a rug will make the space feel even more cramped, and people are likely to trip over it.

On the other hand, if you have a large dining room or kitchen with plenty of space to work with, a rug can actually help to define the space and make it feel cozy.


Do you have messy housemates?

Whether it is pets or children, or just a messy husband. If your housemates are constantly tracking in dirt and debris, a rug might not be the best option for you.

Rugs are notoriously difficult to keep clean, and if you’re already struggling to keep your floors clean, adding a rug is only going to make things worse.

The cost of getting a rug professionally cleaned on a regular basis adds up, and the equipment needed to do it yourself is often expensive (but can be rented).


Most importantly, Would it do better somewhere else?

If you have your mind set on getting a rug, but you’re not sure if it should go under the dining room or kitchen table, ask yourself this question:

Is there another place in the house where the rug would make more sense?

There’s no point in adding a rug to the dining room or kitchen if it would actually look better and make more sense somewhere else.


Bottom line

At the end of the day, This is your space and you should do what makes you happy.

If you want a rug under your dining room or the kitchen table, go for it! Life is too short to worry about what other people think.

And if you really are turned off with the idea of a rug under the table, that’s ok too. You can always add one later if you change your mind, or you can explore the exciting world of kilims, Moroccan Berbers, and Navajo wall rugs.

That way you can still get that beautiful rug you’ve had your eye on without worrying about the cleaning bill and the hassle of fitting it.

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