11 Dining Room Rugs for Every Style, Size and Budget

See which type of area rug goes best with your dining table, and shop our favorites.

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December 14, 2020

One of the best ways to really anchor a dining room or create a dedicated dining area in an open-concept space is with a rug. And like any rug, there are so many choices for a dining area rug, from size to style to materials to that pesky little thing called a budget. If you’re lost in the world of rugs and aren’t sure what’s durable or what size and shape will look best with your dining room table, check out our top picks below. We’ve rounded up the best dining room rugs, from trendy jute rugs to spill-proof and machine-washable options. Yes, really. Shop our favorites — some under $150! — and treat yourself to a mini dining room makeover.

When shopping for a dining room rug, it’s important to take note of two measurements: your space and your dining table. You don’t want a rug that's too small underfoot, but you also don’t want a rug to extend too far beyond the dining room chairs, as that can make your furniture look too small. The most standard size for a dining area rug is either 8' x 10' or 9' x 12'. If you live in a small space or just have a dining nook, look for a 5' x 7' or square 6' x 6' rug. And if you’re shopping for a round dining room rug, the standard sizes are 6' or 8' (measured in diameter). A 5-foot round rug is great for small dining spaces with a bistro table or breakfast nook.

$499 and up

Natural fiber rugs, such as jute and sisal, used to be relegated to beachy, coastal style, but now they're popping up in just about every interior design theme, from modern to farmhouse chic. There's something timeless about jute. I call it the Goldilocks rug because it's just the right amount of texture. And it looks great in any size, from small circles to this large area rug from Pottery Barn.

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$599 and up

Another timeless rug is the diamond pattern. It's patterned, but it's not too busy. (Though if you're a maximalist, it's great for layering!) This Pottery Barn flatweave version is a nice lightweight alternative to tufted or plush diamond patterns.

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$698 and up

Anthropologie has some unique, over-the-top rugs, including this rug that blends two iconic styles from opposite ends of the world. The super-plush rug features Scandinavian crosses with Moroccan tassels to create the perfect accent for any bohemian or global-inspired dining room.

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$149.99 and up

If you're on a budget, check out the rugs in Target's Hearth & Hand With Magnolia line. Joanna Gaines does an amazing job of scaling trends for smaller budgets and creating pieces that don't look cheap. You can nab this classic striped rug (in two different colors) for under $150!

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$199 and up

You can't talk about dining room rugs without talking about cleaning rugs — especially if you have kiddos, pets or love to entertain with red wine. We're big fans of Ruggable's machine-washable rugs at HGTV. Yes, that's right. This gorgeous area rug can be wadded up and stuffed in the washing machine. Ruggable is a great way to get that Persian-style, antique look without worrying about spills.

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$229 and up

Another great thing about shopping Ruggable's site is that every rug design comes in tons of sizes and shapes, including round. It's definitely disappointing when you're shopping for a round rug and find the one only to find out it's exclusively available as a rectangle. If you're looking for a round rug, definitely check out Ruggable's collection of Persian-inspired round rugs.

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$360 and up

For florals, look no further than Rifle Paper Co. The stationery brand recently launched a line of rugs with the brand's signature floral designs. And they are gorgeous! There are high-end wool rugs, but there are also more affordable printed and power-loomed rugs, such as this stunning black and white floral rug.

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$149.99 and up

Rectangles are the most common rug shape, and there are quite a few round rugs to shop online, too, but if you're searching for a square dining room rug, there aren't as many choices. And sometimes designers will just cut a rectangle design into a square and it looks super funky. This pretty indigo square rug from World Market, however, is great on style and budget.

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If you love all things rattan and '70s style, check out this round jute rug from World Market. We're obsessed. It's smaller than most round rugs so it's perfect for a dining area or corner in an open-layout space.

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Oval-shaped rugs aren't as common in the living room and dining room as they used to be, but they look great paired with an oval-shaped dining table. Just make sure to get a size that's slightly larger than the table and chairs. We love this abstract oval rug from West Elm with a subtle watercolor or tie-dye effect.

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$400 and up

For a modern geometric rug, this area rug from West Elm comes in several neutral colors and starts at just $400! It's slightly textured, but not too much, because though pretty, dining room chairs can get caught or snag on tufted, overly plush rugs.

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