Choose rug care­fully for round ta­ble

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

DEAR Leanne: I was won­der­ing how to de­cide on an area car­pet size and shape for our din­ing room. The room is a 12-by-18-foot (3.6-by-5.5-me­tre) rec­tan­gle but our ta­ble is 48 inches (1.2 m) round. Do we go for a round shape to match the ta­ble or a rec­tan­gle to match the room shape? How big should it be?

AN­SWER: You do need to con­sider both the size and shape of the room you are deal­ing with, as well as all the fur­ni­ture it holds. There are a few gen­eral rules you should ap­ply.

For the area rug to look es­thet­i­cally pro­por­tioned as well as func­tional, it should fit un­der the ta­ble and chairs when the chairs are in use. To en­sure the proper size, add an ad­di­tional 0.9 me­tres (three feet) to your ta­ble’s di­men­sions to ac­com­mo­date the space re­quired when the chairs are pulled out.

If your round ta­ble has ex­ten­sion leaves, they need to be con­sid­ered as well. Note that if this is the case, your ta­ble may now be a dif­fer­ent shape. How­ever, not all round ta­bles ex­tend from the cen­tre. Some have leaves that at­tach to outer edges, thus main­tain­ing their shape, but ex­pand­ing their cir­cum­fer­ence.

Once the outer lim­its are es­tab­lished, you know the min­i­mum size that you should con­sider for the area rug. If your ta­ble re­tains its round shape, a round area rug will look won­der­ful.

Round rugs, how­ever, are not as widely avail­able as rec­tan­gu­lar rugs. You may need to place a spe­cial or­der for the right size. For­tu­nately, since the room is rec­tan­gu­lar, you can place a rec­tan­gu­lar rug un­der your round ta­ble.

If you have other fur­ni­ture in the room, such as a buf­fet or china cab­i­net, the shape of the room be­comes more im­por­tant than the shape of the ta­ble. Now the en­tire space must be con­sid­ered.

To de­ter­mine the proper size, en­sure the car­pet com­pletely cov­ers the area un­der the ta­ble with the chairs in use, while stop­ping at least 0.6 m (two feet) from the walls. This al­lows the cab­i­net and buf­fet to stand on the hard floor evenly.

There are stan­dard sizes of car­pets and the fol­low­ing di­men­sions are gen­er­ally used: for a ta­ble that seats four, a 1.8-by-2.7-me­tre (six-by-nine foot) car­pet is rec­om­mended; for six seats, a 2.4-by-3-me­tre (eight-by-10foot) is rec­om­mended; and for eight to 10 chairs, a 2.7-by-3.6-me­tre (nine-by12-foot) works.

For your space, a 2.7-by-3.6-me­tre could fit, de­pend­ing on other fur­nish­ings, but a 2.4-by-3-me­tre would be bet­ter scaled to the size of your ta­ble. If you are in­vest­ing in a hand-knotted area rug, you will want to de­cide if your cur­rent fur­ni­ture has a long life, as th­ese rugs are in­vest­ment pieces. Avoid buy­ing a rug your fu­ture ta­ble will out­grow.

— Canwest News Ser­vice

The rug in the left photo is too small for the ta­ble and chairs, forc­ing the chairs off the rug when in use. Right: this rug suits the rec­tan­gu­lar shape of the din­ing room, as well as the ta­ble, and is large enough to cover the floor when the

chairs are pushed back.

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