How to choose the right sized rug for any room?

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Room Filling Area Rugs

Say you have a room that you’d rather not carpet wall-to-wall, but still love the idea of a stunning, large spread in that space. Take heed of this helpful tip. Ideally, there should be at least an 18” perimeter from the edge of your rug to the wall. This gives your eyes a place to rest, and evokes a sense of balance. If the rug encroaches on the wall more than the allotted 18” perimeter, the carpet will feel considerably large, creating tension between your design elements.


Living Room

The rug sizes for living room should be dictated by the space you’re working with. An average-sized living room can typically handle an 8'x10', 9'x12', or a 10'x14' area rug size. In a more spacious living rooms and great rooms, a 10'x14', 12'x16' or larger is more appropriate. Here’s how you can get a more accurate read on the appropriate rug size. For visual reference, use blue painter’s tape to mark the boundaries of the rug you’re eyeing.

We’re often asked if the legs of furniture should stand on or off the rug. Much of it depends on the size of the living room and the furniture within. But the answer is all of the above. Below are a few tips to help you get it right given your living (room) situation.


All On

Placing all furniture legs on the rug works well in a more formal setting as it creates a plush, luxurious feel. Rug sizes such as a 10’x14’ or 12’x16’ are well-suited for this approach.

All Off

In more limited spaces that lack room for a larger rug and furniture, selecting a 6’x9' area rug, and keeping the furniture legs atop can go a long way.

Part On

Quite often, you’ll see rugs with furniture legs on and off, at once. This approach simultaneously anchors the room and opens up the space. If you’re going to place the front legs of your sofa on the rug, you’ll want to do the same with other primary sitting pieces. This marries the seating arrangement to the rug and results in a well-defined space. The best way to achieve this effect is with 8'x10', 9'x12', or 10'x14' rugs.



Dining Room

Pretend you have company over—a full table. The rule of thumb here is to find a rug that’s sizable enough to ensure that when a guest gets up (from any chair at the table) and pulls out the chair, the back legs never hit the floor. Therefore, rugs placed under the dining room table should extend a minimum of 30-36” from the edge of your table.

Keeping in mind that the standard rug sizes are 6'x9', 8'x10', 9'x12', 10'x14', and 12'x16', it’s wise to choose a rug size that will accommodate at least the 30-36”. It’s perfectly fine if the rug extends a bit beyond those measurements.


Hallways are rarely aesthetically ornate, but rather pretty ordinary. See this as an opportunity to allow your rug to shine. Make an impressive first impression by selecting and laying out a rug that elevates this trafficked strip of space. Here’s how: When placing a runner down a hallway, it’s important to keep some space between the edge of the rug and the wall.

Fact: hallways are long and narrow. So, in this case, the 18” perimeter between the rug to the wall won’t typically work.

Try to have a minimum of 6-8” of floor showing on both sides of the rug. This brings balance to the space and allows the rug to breathe within more constricted dimensions. Have a particularly long hallway and can’t find a long enough runner? Easy solve. Choose two identical, same-sized runners and allow 6” of floor space between them.


The bedroom is surprisingly rife with rug placement options. Layout largely depends on how you decide to position your furniture around the rug(s), or vice versa. Below are some tips on how to do it both your way and the right way.


All On

What size area rug under queen bed? It’s best to choose a rug size that will extend at least 18” beyond the edge of your bed. This allows for some walking room around your bed and offers a luxurious landing pad to step onto come dawn. If you have nightstands you’d like to sit on top of the rug, allow for at least 6” of the rug to extend from the side of the nightstand. A rug that tightly fits the boundary of your bed frame can make the layers look constrained and ill-considered. Let’s not let that happen.

All Off

We recommend small scale rugs if you’ve decided that ‘all off' works best for your space. Place a 3'x5' rug on either side of the bed so when you wake up your feet are greeted with a plush “good morning”. Another ‘all off’ approach is to place a 5'x8' or 6'x9' at the end of the footboard. Be sure to allow for some room between the edge of the bed frame and the rug. We recommend leaving 6-8” of uncovered floor between the two.

Part On

When placing just the legs of the foot board on top of the rug, 6'x9', 8'x10', and larger rug sizes are ideal. If part of the rug resides under the bed, be sure that it extends past the foot board a minimum of 18”. If not, it’ll feel disproportionate to the scale of your furniture and visually shift an abundance of weight to one side of the space.

In Closing

Every space is unique and each home owner sees their space differently. These recommendations are meant to help instruct and inform you in your search for the perfect fitting rug. Your room deserves it. Still having trouble making a sound rug decision? Please contact us and one of our qualified staff members will impart upon you the need-to-know concerning your personal rug conundrum.