How to Choose a Rug Size for Living Room Trellis

A Complete Guide to Choosing the Perfect Rug Size

When making a decision on rug size, you should take many factors into consideration. Pick a rug like a master decorator with our complete guide to choosing the right rug size:

A great way to get an idea of how much space a rug will take up in a room is to lay out newspaper on the floor using the dimensions of the rug you’re considering. A general rule of thumb is that if you intend for a rug to fill an entire room, always leave at least 18 inches of floor showing between the edge of the rug & the wall. Other rules and guidelines vary by room:

Living Room

Furniture On

This is where the rug fits all of your furniture in its entirety. For this look, make sure that the rug is large enough so that every piece of furniture in the seating area or space is on it.

Stripe Rug in Modern Living Room How to Choose Rug Size

Dash & Albert Rug - Lenox Moss Wool Woven RDA301
Dash & Albert Rug – Lenox Moss Wool Woven
Kravet Fabric - 30787-1123
Kravet Fabric – 30787-1123
Fabricut Fabric  - Classic Cotton - Royal 1122870
Fabricut Fabric – Classic Cotton – Royal
Lee Jofa Fabric - Bristol Silk - Orange 2011135_12_0
Lee Jofa Fabric – Bristol Silk – Orange
Fabricut Fabric - Shalini - Curry 2909176
Fabricut Fabric – Shalini – Curry

 

 

Legs On

Put just the front legs of the furniture on the rug, and do so consistently with all furniture pieces.

How to Choose a Rug Size for Living Room Trellis

Surya Rug - ZUN1050
Surya Rug – ZUN1050
Kravet Fabric - ULTRASOFT - 5
Kravet Fabric – ULTRASOFT – 5
Schumacher Fabric - Canyon Leather - Saddle 5006210
Schumacher Fabric – Canyon Leather – Saddle

 

Legs Off/Floating

For smaller areas, a rug that sits between pieces of furniture (not under), works well because it doesn’t out scale the space. This is also a great option for those on a budget, as smaller rugs are less expensive.

How to Choose Rug Size for Living Room Interior Decor

Karastan Rug - Bellingham Humboldt - Celadon
Karastan Rug – Bellingham Humboldt – Celadon
Kravet Fabric - 30787-1123
Kravet Fabric – 30787-1123

Bedroom

A rug used under a bed should extend about 18 inches from the sides of a King or Queen-sized bed and 12 inches for a Full or Twin-sized bed. The rug extension can be much longer than this, and depends on how much of a statement you want the rug to make in the space, but 18″ (or 12″) is the shortest you should go. We like something plush & luxurious to put our feet on when getting out of bed, like Kravet’s SMART rugs.

How to Choose a Rug Size for Bedroom Pink Contemporary Interior Decor

 

Kravet Rug - Lumin - Moonstone CK-100750_MOO
Kravet Rug – Lumin – Moonstone CK-100750_MOO
Kravet Rug - Lambency - Cider CK-100970_CID
Kravet Rug – Lambency – Cider
Chandra Rug - CEL-4700
Chandra Rug – CEL-4700

 

Dining Room

A rug used under a dining room table should have at least 24″ of rug space from the table edges to the rug’s edges on all sides. This allows the chairs’ legs to stay on the rug even when they are pulled out while someone is seated on it, and will reduce scratches to your floor.

How to Choose Rug Size for Dining Room Interior Decor

 

Surya Rug - HQL8004 - Rectangle
Surya Rug – HQL8004 – Rectangle
Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Adela - Ivory Pdl 4163-Ivory
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Adela – Ivory

 

Although appropriate rug sizes will vary depending on the shape of your space and the look you’re going for, here is a general chart to use as a guideline:

Rug Size Guidelines
Standard Size Rug Approximate Room Dimensions
3′ 0″ x 5′ 0″ – Size Area Rug 4′ 6″ x 6′ 6″ to 5′ 0″ x 7′ 0″ & larger
5′ 0″ x 8′ 0″ – Size Area Rug 6′ 6″ x 9′ 6″ to 7′ 0″ x 10′ 0″ & larger
8′ 0″ x 10′ 0″-Size Area Rug 9′ 6″ x 11′ 6″ to 10′ 0″ x 12′ 0″ & larger
9′ 0″ x 12′ 0″ -Size Area Rug 10′ 6″ x 13′ 6″ to 11′ 0″ x 14′ 0″ & larger
10′ 0″ x 15′ 0″ -Size Area Rug 11′ 6″ x 16′ 6″ to 12′ 0″ x 17′ 0″ & larger

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