How to Choose the Right Rug Size | A Comprehensive Guide for Every Room in Your Home

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How to Choose the Right Rug Size: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Room in Your Home

How to Choose the Right Rug Size: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Room in Your Home

Designer Commentary: Karey Wright

Rugs are the piece of art that can soften as well as ground your space. You should always choose a rug that combines your color palette. A rug can be used as a room divider. Choosing the right size rug is most important in achieving this. The most common size rugs are 5 x 7,  6 x 9,  8 x 10, 9 x 12, 10 x 14. The diagrams below are a great example of how to choose the appropriate rug size for your size space as well as the size and layout of your furniture.“ - Designer Karey Wright

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Define the Purpose of the Rug:

Define the Purpose of the Rug:

Before diving into rug sizes, consider the purpose of the rug in your room. Are you looking to define a seating area, add warmth, or simply enhance the room's aesthetics? Understanding your rug's purpose will help you determine the ideal size.


The Importance of the Right Rug Size

The right rug size can:

  • Define a Space: It can act as a visual frame for furniture, essentially defining 'zones' in an open-concept home.
  • Enhance Comfort: A rug adds softness and warmth underfoot, making a space more comfortable.
  • Boost Aesthetics: The right rug can complement your existing decor and act as an artwork for the floor.
General Guidelines for Rug Sizes

General Guidelines for Rug Sizes

  • Living Room: Choose a rug that either fits all furniture pieces completely on it or has at least the front legs of the main furniture (like sofas) resting on it.
  • Dining Room: Make sure the rug is large enough to accommodate all chairs, even when they're pulled out from the dining table.
  • Bedroom: Opt for a rug that extends at least 18-24 inches on each side of the bed.
  • Hallways and Entryways: Select a rug that leaves at least 6 inches of space on all sides, or one that fills the space entirely for a cozy effect.
Living Room

Room-By-Room Measurements

Living Room

  • Small Spaces (5x8 to 6x9 feet): Ideal for smaller living rooms where the rug will only be under the coffee table.
  • Medium Spaces (8x10 to 9x12 feet): This is the most versatile size range that should accommodate most standard living room setups.
  • Large Spaces (10x14 to 12x15 feet): Suitable for larger living rooms where all furniture can comfortably sit on the rug.
Dining Room

Dining Room

  • Small Dining Tables (6-8 feet): Look for rugs that measure around 8x10 feet.
  • Medium Dining Tables (9-11 feet): An 9x12-foot rug would be more appropriate.
  • Large Dining Tables (12-14 feet): Consider a 10x14-foot or even larger rug to ensure all chairs remain on the rug when pulled out.


  • Twin/Single Bed: A 5x8-foot rug is usually sufficient.
  • Queen Bed: An 8x10-foot rug works well, allowing ample rug space on either side of the bed.
  • King Bed: A 9x12-foot or larger rug is typically required to maintain proportionality.

Hallways and Entryways

  • Narrow Hallways: Typically, a 2.5x7-foot runner will suffice.
  • Spacious Hallways: A 4x6 or 4x8-foot rug could offer more coverage and a plush feel.
  • Entryways: Sizes can vary based on the entryway dimensions but consider a 3x5-foot rug for smaller entryways and a 4x6-foot rug for larger spaces.

Selecting the right rug size is crucial in achieving a harmonious and functional space. Remember, these are guidelines, and the beauty of interior design lies in its flexibility. Feel free to use your discretion and make adjustments to suit your personal style and needs.