How to Choose the Correct Rug Size

When it comes to putting the final touches on your living space, the right rug can make all the difference. In order to choose the right rug for your room, make sure you choose the right size. There are a few basic rules you can follow to make sure that the rug you choose will complement the space you are decorating and make it more open and inviting.

Generic Sizing Tips for Your Rug

When it comes to putting a rug in any size room, you should always keep in mind that choosing a rug that is too small will ruin the look of your room by splitting it in half visually. 

  • Always choose the larger rug because the extra coverage over your floor will make your room more open and be inviting. 
  • Place markers where the four corners of your rug will be to get a visual representation of how your room will look before you buy one. 
  • If there is too much floor space showing, then make sure you re-measure to get an accurate measurement before you buy the rug. 
  • Also, the type of rug you buy for your room should mimic its location. So, larger rugs should be featured in larger rooms, and smaller rugs should be featured in smaller rooms. Longer, rectangular rooms should feature runners, and squarer rooms should have square rugs. 

Living Room and Dining Room

There are more than a few options for choosing a layout for your rug in your living room. First of all, you need to figure out how your furniture is arranged in your room to see whether the rug will fit in the room or not. If it will, none of the furniture should be placed against the wall and the rug should be seen from underneath the sofa for six inches on each side. Placing all of the furniture on the rug defines a seating area in the living room. You can also use this same idea when you have a piece of furniture against a wall. In this case, you can place the front legs on the edge of the rug and arrange the rest of the furniture in the room the same way to create a symmetrical look. 

For smaller rooms, you will want to have a smaller rug, and in this case, place only your coffee table in the center of the rug. Arrange your furniture surrounding the rug, but without touching it. It will fill up space in your living area without making it look too cluttered.

When choosing a rug for your dining room, there is only one option: you want to make sure that your table and chairs fit comfortably on the rug. To make sure that you get the proper size rug, pull out all of your chairs as if someone were sitting there and insert the leaf for your table if you have one. After you do this, take your measurements so that you get an accurate number for the size rug that you will need to prevent buying a rug that is too small. Buying a rug that is too small can cause trips and chairs to get caught on the edges of the rug, causing injury. To avoid this, make sure you get an accurate measurement before buying a rug. Here is a video to explain things better.


There are three different options for rug placement in your bedroom. 

  1. Your bed is the anchor of the room, so this will be the piece of furniture around which the rug is placed. If you put all of your bed on the rug, you want to divide the space by including your nightstands on the rug, but not any other furniture that is against the wall, such as a dresser. However, you should leave at least 1.5-2 feet of space in between the edge of the rug and the edge of the dresser to create a walkway and to make sure you don’t trip over the edges of the rug. 
  2. If you have a smaller room, using a smaller rug is key. In this case, you only want to put the bottom 2/3 of your bed on the rug, but you don’t want any other furniture on it. Make sure you leave enough space around the edge of your bed for a walkway and so there is not a trip hazard. Also, for smaller rooms or rooms with many furniture pieces, using runner rugs is a good idea to scale the look of your room. Make sure that none of the furniture sits on it as the runner rugs are only meant to frame the bed. 
  3. Also, make sure that the runners are a little wider than the nightstands but are not longer than your bed to produce the proper scale.

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Choosing the right size rug for your space can pull the look of your room together. This technique is not just limited to living areas. There is a recent trend in kitchen rugs where homeowners are using runner rugs to extend the look of their kitchen. Runner rugs are also used in hallways to enhance the look of a hallway, but placing furniture on these runners makes space look cluttered. 

Having a nice rug in your entryway is always a good idea because it will create a warm, inviting space. Most homeowners will place a rug at their front door, using the width of the front door to judge the size of the rug they need. Now that you know the basics of choosing the right size, how will you enhance the look of your home with rugs today?