What size of rug should I get?
Choosing the right size of rug for your room depends on your design objective. A rug can be a focal point or accent. It can unite, extend or separate a room. The design objective is up to you and how you want the room to function.
This article presents examples of different design aesthetics and how designers use area rugs of all different sizes. This is not a right or wrong article. We provide basic examples but build on them with unique, out of the box ideas. Design is not a one size fits all.
The size of rug depends on where it will be used in the house. Here is a basic rundown of how to measure a room to find the appropriate rug size. One key point to remember with rug sizes is that they are never exact and might be an inch or two smaller or bigger than what is described
- Dining Room: Measure the perimeter of your dining room table and add 54” to the dimension. Ideally your rug is at least 2 feet away from walls and your rug is big enough for dining room chairs to fit on.
- Living Room: The rug in your living room will sit neatly in the center of your main furniture such as couch, chairs and coffee table.
The rug shouldn’t show out the back of your couch or chairs but will central in the living area. Measure the perimeter of your main furniture (not the entertainment center, which won’t sit under the rug) and subtract 24 inches from the length. If you don’t have a coffee table, take 24 inches of your width as well and you will have the ideal dimensions for a living room rug.
- Bedroom Rugs: The best place for a rug in the bedroom is right under the bed. This way when you hop out of bed in the morning your feet don’t immediately hit cold floor. Measure the perimeter of the bed and add 24 inches to each side that isn’t up against a wall.
- Runners: Runners are long and narrow rugs that are ideal for front entry ways and hallways. For an entry wayrunner, measure the width of your door and the length of the entry way. Subtract 12 inches from the length of your entry way and you will have dimension for you runner. For a hallway, measure the length and width of the hallway. Subtract 12 inches from the width and 24 inches from the length for the dimension of the rug.
- Kid’s Room Rugs: There are a couple different approaches to rugs in kid’s rooms. The first is putting a rug under the bed. Another option is to put a rug in a corner which will set it off as the “play zone”. Measure the area that you want to be the “play area,” subtract 6 inches from the width and length so the rug isn’t pushed right up against the wall and you have the perfect play area.
Can I use a rug on carpet?
Absolutely, although not as typically as putting a rug on hardwood, there is nothing wrong with using a rug on carpet. Rugs can protect carpet, add layers of color and create a focal point for the room.
What is the common rug size in living room?
8X10, 9X12 AND ABOVE
We can clump all these sizes into one category as they have very similar setups. The standard setup for these sizes are shown in the diagram below. Remember, these are standard setups. For more ideas, scroll to the photo gallery below.
Notice, the standard setup has most, if not all furniture legs on the rug. The purpose of this setup is to define an area. It brings the surrounding furniture together in a cohesive design and separates the area from the rest of the room.
5X8 AND 6X9 RUGS
As people are downsizing, 5x8 and 6x9 rugs are becoming extremely popular. In many instances, they work interchangeably and give the designer a ton of unique options. In a standard setup, the furniture starts to separate itself from the rug, especially in 5x8.
6x9 and 5x8 rugs are rarely used in a standard dining setup but apartment living has completely changed the way we interact with our space. Our favorite designs push the table to a window or wall. This saves a ton of space and can maximize light at the dining table.
4X6 AND BELOW
These sizes work great for unique areas in your home. You almost don’t think a rug is worth it but trust me, a rug makes the space.
RUNNERS AND ROUNDS
Rounds work great by mimicking the geometric pattern of round tables but they have many dynamic features in a traditional living room setup. Runners are generally used in hallways or skinny areas of the home.
Remember everything in this article is a recommendation and a source of inspiration. If you find something you like, use it. You don’t need a designer to make a space that is special to you. Your space is special because it is your space.