How do I choose the right sized rug?

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Room Filling Area Rugs

If you have a room that you do not want to carpet wall-to-wall but love the idea of a stunning, large carpet in the space, then keep this next tip in mind when selecting a size. 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 in the space and creates a sense of balance. If the rug encroaches on the wall more than the allotted 18” perimeter, it will make the carpet feel too large and will create tension between your design elements.

Living Room

The size of your living room rug should be dictated by the space in which you are using it. An average-sized living room, for instance, can typically handle an 8'x10', 9'x12', or a 10'x14' area rug. In a larger living room and/or great room, a 10'x14', 12'x16' or larger would be appropriate. A great tip is to use blue painters tape to mark the boundaries of the rug size you are interested in to provide a fantastic visual reference.
We are most commonly asked if the legs of the sofa and chairs should be on or off the rug. Both ways work great in a living room, but here are a few tips to get you started.

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 great for the all-on approach.

All Off

If you have tight quarters and don’t have room for a larger rug and furniture, keeping all legs off a 6'x9' area rug usually works well in these smaller sitting areas.

Part On

You will commonly see some feet on and some feet off the rug. This both anchors the room and gives the space a sense of openness. If you are going to place the front legs of your sofa on the rug, you will want to do the same with the occasional chairs or other main sitting pieces. This really marries the seating arrangement to the rug and creates a well-defined space. You can achieve this look very well with 8'x10', 9'x12', or 10'x14' rugs.



Dining Room

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', choose the rug that will accommodate at least the 30-36” (it's okay if the rug extends beyond that).


When placing a runner down a hallway, it is important to keep some space between the edge of the rug to the wall. Hallways are narrow, so the 18” perimeter between the rug to the wall will not typically work for a hallway. Try to have a minimum of 6-8” of floor showing on both sides of the rug. It will make the space feel balanced and the rug and the rug won’t feel forced into the space. If you have a particularly long hallway and cannot find a runner long enough, break the space with two identical, same-sized runners with a 6” space between them.


All On

You want to choose a rug size that will extend at least 18” beyond the edge of your bed. This will give you some walking room around your bed and provide a nice landing. If you have night stands that you also plan to place on top of the rug, allow for at least 6” of rug to extend from the side of the night stand. If you have a rug that tightly fits the boundary of your bed frame, it will make your rug look constrained and not as a thoughtful part of the space.

All Off

Small scale rugs are best if you decide that all-off works best for your space. For a nice landing in the morning, you can place a 3'x5' on either side of the bed. Another all-off approach is to place a smaller scale rug, such as a 5'x8' or 6'x9', at the end of the foot board. Be certain to give a bit of room from the edge of the bed frame to the rug. It is usually appropriate to have 6-8” of floor showing from the edges of the bed to the rug.

Part On

If you are placing just the legs of the foot board on top of the rug, you can achieve this with most rugs sizes such as a 6'x9', 8'x10', and larger. When placing part of the rug under the bed, be certain that it extends past the foot board a minimum of 18”. If not, it will feel disproportionate to the scale of your furniture and will visually place too much weight to one side of the space.

Each space is unique and each home owner reacts to their space in very individual ways; these guidelines are simple suggestions to keep in mind while looking for a rug. If you are still having trouble deciding on the best size for you space, please contact us and let one of our qualified staff members guide you in the right direction.