Holiday Dining Guide: Rugs
If your floor is bare or your area rug is worn out, an inexpensive sisal rug will add an instant pick-me-up to almost any dining room.
To determine the appropriate rug size for your room, Meredith Ericksen of Tuscan Blue Design in Frederick offers the following formula: "Measure the top of the dining table and add 27 to 30 inches to all four sides. It can be as little as 24 inches, but I like more room if possible." This measurement will allow space for a person to get in and out of their chair with the chair legs remaining on the rug.
Keep the table and chairs on the area rug, Ericksen says. Other furniture, such as a china cabinet or sideboard, should sit on the bare floor.