The best carpets or rugs for your dining room

What to look for in a dining room carpet

A dining room carpet is going to have to deal with a lot—heavy pieces of furniture, chairs pulled around, food and drink spillages. This means you will need a strong carpet to combat this kind of action.

The best kind of carpet for the dining room will be:

  • stain-resistant
  • easy to clean
  • durable

Man-made fibres such as polypropylene, polyamide and polyester can offer this level of protection. You have a wide range of carpets to choose from.

Should I put carpet in my dining room?

Having a carpet in your dining room mostly comes down to personal taste but there are pros and cons.


  • A wide range of carpets to choose from
  • The best insulator for a room
  • Soft underfoot
  • No risk of slipping
  • Long-lasting


  • Can be harder to remove stains
  • Will require upkeep to stay clean
  • More costly when replacing carpet for the entire room

Rugs for the dining room

If you don’t fancy carpet in your dining room, your next best option is to use rugs on a hardwood floor. Rugs can provide an added layer of insulation, comfort and style. They are also easier to maintain and clean and cheaper to replace.

Carpet or rugs for the dining room?

Choosing whether having a carpet or rug in your dining room depends on your lifestyle.


  • Great for insulation
  • Many styles to choose from
  • Soft underfoot
  • Can be harder to clean
  • More expensive to replace


  • Easy to maintain
  • Add class to a room
  • Plenty of choices
  • Not as good at insulating
  • Can be a slipping hazard on hardwood

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