How to Pick the Right Size Area Rug for Your Room

How do you know the right size rug for the rooms in your home? We’re here to help!

First, when you see rugs hanging in a showroom, keep in mind that they look a lot bigger than when they are on the floor. It can therefore be tricky to guess the rug size you need just by looking at a room or a rug. You need to actually measure the size of the space, and know how much of the floor you want covered, as well as know which pieces of furniture you want placed on the area rug. These illustrations should help:

Rug Sizes for Living Rooms

For larger living rooms you can float furniture in the center of the room. It’s important that the furniture doesn’t feel squished on the rug, so make sure there is breathing room around all the edges.
Large Living Rooms

For medium-sized living rooms you can place the furniture against the walls, putting a rug in the center with the front legs of the furniture on the rug and the back legs on the floor.

Medium-Sized Living Rooms

For smaller, more compact living rooms you can place a rug in front of the furniture, filling the space created in the middle by the furniture. Here it shows putting the coffee table on the rug.
Small Living Rooms

Common Area Rug Sizes for Bedrooms

For large bedrooms, one approach is to have an area rug that covers most of the floor space – one that can accommodate having all furniture on it.
Large Bedroom A

An alternate approach for large bedrooms is to have the rug stop right before the night tables.
Large Bedroom B
For small bedrooms, or if you have a smaller rug you’d like to use, try placing it under the middle of the bed so that it comes out a few feet from under the end and the sides of the bed.

Small Bedroom

Large Area Rug Sizes for Dining Rooms

When it comes to putting an area rug in your dining room, make sure the rug is not too small for the room or for the entire dining table and chairs. Each chair should be able to be pulled out from under the table and still be comfortably on the rug. When chairs are tucked in there should be ample carpet around the chairs.

Dining Room

Area Rug Sizes for Hallways

In hallways, area rugs should be centered if there is furniture on both sides of the hall, or pushed to one side if there is furniture only on one side of the wall. In either case, the furniture should not be on the rug.
Hallway 1

Hallway 2

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