Monday, November 26, 2012

Decisions

The dining room table has at last arrived!  It's much smaller than the Last Supper table we've had for decades.  It's also kind of rugged looking.  For the life of me though, I cannot decide on what I should do about a rug. The table is 4 feet in diameter and round, but with the addition of the leaf, which I see us using maybe only a handful of times in a year, it would be oval with dimensions of 6 X 4 feet.

I've been to several design sites that state a round table should have a round rug, roughly 2 feet larger than the size of the table.  I can manage a 6 foot round rug in the space.  I can't manage larger though, because while the wall space is relatively square, the placement of built in cabinetry makes the floor size different.  Some of those sites also state that the rug should be sized for the table when a leaf would be in use (hardly ever) so that all of the chairs fit on the rug.  For that I'd need a rectangular or oval rug that's 8 X 6 and is so hard to find in that size!


What do you think?  Round rug for the way that table will be used 360 days a year, or an 8 x 6 near impossible size to find?  Or square?  Square could work, too, though I do believe there is beauty in symmetry and for that I'd prefer round.

21 comments:

The Bug said...

Round gets my vote! Who's even looking at the floor with all those extra people sitting at your holiday table?

Alice said...

You Prefer round,
get around to
getting a round.

end of story.

John Paul said...

Having a hound, there is no choice, but to go round. However, when housing a hare, go square.

Gail said...

JP...love your answer.

I agree, go round.

The days that it won't work with the leaf added, roll it up into the closet and go bare.

Silliyak said...

Oval. What kind of rug? You could have a hooked rug custom made perhaps (Thus making someone a happy hooker)

Rose said...

Round for the 360 days!

Irene said...

I agree with Gail and say round rug when the table is round and no rug when the table is oval. It seems the most logical thing to do. xox

ari_1965 said...

Somehow I expected this would end with you knitting a rug of the appropriate size.

Brenda said...

Well...I just have to be different. I vote no rug. I like seeing all the wood.

Brenda said...

Well...I just have to be different. I vote no rug. I like seeing all the wood.

Mrs. A said...

Round gets my vote, too. I like the idea of rolling it up an putting it away if you don't like the look of the table with the leaf extended.

Love the nice dark wood colour you've chosen. Looking forward to seeing what floor covering you choose!

Loopylou said...

I love the look of all that wood too, but if you have to have a rug, I think I'd prefer round. I love that table runner

debra said...

Round peg, square hole? Do whatever you feel is right, and it will be so.

Finding Pam said...

I have the same size round table, but I used rectangular rug. It works great with the leaves in or out.

Your chairs should be on the rug when you are sitting in the chairs.

sapphireblue said...

I have no design sense, so I will just read what everyone else thinks.

Ruth said...

I'm with Brenda - do you need a rug at all?
Love the table - we always seem to get rectangle tables we have only ever purchased 3.

Joanna said...

It's a beautiful table and I don't think it needs a rug. But if you really want one you could go rectangular I think. It would echo the shape of the rug in the other room.

Rositta said...

I guess everyone agrees round is best. It would be a pretty big one though as the chairs have to fit on it, so I'm told. I too sold our huge table this spring and got a round/iCal albeit smaller than yours. It's just 42" but I have a smaller dining room. I don't have a rug and am inclined to leave it bare. Easier to clean...ciao

flutterby said...

Go bare - so much easier to clean up any crumbs or spills.

Anonymous said...

Round, and the bigger the better. It's a little annoying to bump over the edge of a smaller rug with the chair, especially if you (me) have balance issues! :)

Stephanie V said...

I'm thinking rectangle or square. If you have to have a rug. But the plain floor looks quite nice, too.