How to Choose the Right Size Area Rug for Every Room

A well placed rug helps to define circulation and give a space its own identity. When choosing a rug, there are many factors to consider: color, design, weave and, of course, size. While design and color are very personal to your style and taste, choosing the right size rug is much more technical. We have put together this guide to help you find the perfect size rug for all of your spaces. Happy measuring!

Tips for Choosing a Living Room Rug

To decorate a living room, you want to ensure that a good part of the furniture is on the carpet. Chairs, stools, side and coffee tables, china closets, and armchairs: all pieces should have at least part of their base or legs on the carpet. For armchairs, just the two front legs is enough. You should also take into account the measurements of the main armchair or sofa to use as a starting point for the integral design of the space. If the space is small, a well-designed rug will enhance the environment and give it its own identity.

Example 1: Rug completely under the furniture
Example 2: Rug under the front legs of the sofa and armchairs
Example 3: Rug under the coffee table, just reaching the armchairs/sofa

Tips for Choosing a Dining Room Rug

Take your initial measurements with the dining table extended to its maximum size (if you plan to use it at this size) and the chairs pulled out from under the table. This will allow you to make sure that when your dinner guests are entering and leaving the table they are able to fluidly move their chair in and out without having to maneuver multiple floor surfaces. To create a feeling of spaciousness, we advise leaving at least 11-12 inches (30 centimeters) between the edge of the rug and the walls.

Example 1: Round table with 4 chairs
Example 2: Dining table with head chairs
Example 3: Rectangular table with 4 chairs

Tips for Choosing a Bedroom Rug

The options for the bedroom range from small pieces, ideal for cushioning your first steps of the morning, to rugs that run the entire length of the bed. It is essential that the width measurement is in alignment with the width of the bed, to complete the volume and geometry of the space. Standard measurements for a rug at the foot of the bed are 47 by 31 inches (1.20 by 0.80 centimeters).

Example 1: Full size rug starting at the middle of the bed, creating a frame at the foot of the bed
Example 2: Matching rugs on both sides of the bed
Example 3: Rug at the foot of the bed

Tips for Choosing a Hallway Rug

Make sure to leave at least 4 inches (10 centimeters) on either side of the rug between the edge of the ruge and the wall. If your rug backs up to or runs under a doorway, the height of the doors and the direction in which they open also influence which ruge to choose, both in size and weave pattern. 

For even more personalized rug tips, reach out to us at Our design team can help you choose the best texture, color, design and rug size for your space. We’ll work together with you to create a harmonious environment for your home, office, or event space. 

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