When it comes to the size of an area rug, the numbers can be pretty cut and dry. Having 24?- 36? inches from the edge of the table to the edge of the rug will allow chairs to slide easily. Also, 12?- 18? inches from rug to the border of the room will help to fill the space. However, in my experience with interior design, the numbers are rarely that exact, and homes don’t always fall into the super specific categories of 8’x10' or 9’x12'. That’s why I love the option of a custom-bound area rug. While keeping with the sizing guidelines, I was able to add extra length and shrink the width of our area rug to best fit our dining space needs. A total win in my book.