Special Nonexistent Furniture

How to Choose a Rug Size

rug size
A well-chosen rug can do wonders for a room. It can add warmth and comfort. It can ground a conversational area. It can inspire a space's color palette. It can set a mood or a style. However, the first step in selecting the perfect rug is determining the best shape and size for your room.

  • Consider the shape of your space when choosing the shape of your rug. Round dining tables in round dining rooms look best over round rugs. Likewise, most living room groupings feel natural when defined by a square or rectangular rug.
  • Look at your room's furniture layout, and then determine the size you need based on our guidelines below.

Popular Rug and Furniture Placements

living room rug layout

Rugs should be big enough so that at least the front legs of all major pieces of furniture in a conversational grouping can be placed on top of the rug.

living room rug size

When an area rug is used on a wood or tile floor in lieu of wall-to-wall carpeting, allow 5 to 18 inches of bare floor around the rug.

dining room rug layout

In a dining room, you should be able to pull out all of the chairs and have the chair legs remain on the rug. Make sure the rug is a minimum of 2 feet wider than the table on all sides.

dining room rug size

The rug size you need will vary based on the size of your dining table and number of chairs.

bedroom rug layout

In a bedroom, the rug should be at least large enough so that your feet land on the rug when you are getting out of bed (about 2 to 3 feet on each side).

bedroom rug size

The rug may, but does not need to, go completely under the bed and/or nightstands.

bedroom rug size

The rug size you need will vary based on bed size.

Use masking tape, wrapping paper, or even a bed sheet to visualize different sizes of area rugs in your space.

Standard Rug Sizes


Share your thoughts!
Leave a note Was this article helpful?
15 People Liked This!