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