How to choose the right size rug for your room

There are many different rug sizes available, but how do you know which size will fit your space? Our room-by-room layouts and foolproof tips are here to help – so when it comes time to unroll the rug, it will be a perfect fit.

Rug Sizing Tips for All Spaces

Bigger is Better

A few inches can make all the difference between a rug pulling the room together or making it feel disjointed. Opting for the larger option, especially if you are choosing between sizes, will prove to be worth the extra expense every time.

Read the Room

When choosing rug size and orientation, make sure it is proportional to the space (large rooms demand large rugs) and placed to echo its dimensions (orient the rug lengthwise in a long room).

Visualize the Final Look

Use painter’s tape to mock the rug placement before you buy. This trade secret is an easy way to check that you have the right fit from every vantage point.

All Legs on the Rug

This layout, which requires the largest rug, is the best choice for anchoring a living room within an open-concept space or for any furniture grouping that floats (has no furniture against a wall). Placing all furniture on the rug will unify the pieces and create a defined seating area.

Front Legs on the Rug

This versatile option works especially well when one edge of the furniture grouping is against a wall. For a cohesive look, choose a rug size that allows for only the front legs of every piece of furniture in the grouping to be on the rug.

Only a Coffee Table on the Rug

Perfect for small or narrow spaces, this layout plays off the room’s scale to make it feel larger. To get the proportions right, base the rug size on the interior dimensions of your seating area – and not just the coffee table – so it fills the negative space created by your furniture grouping.

Dining Room Spaces

Both the space of your room and dining table should impact whether you choose a rectangular or round rug. The most common mistake in your dining room is choosing a rug that is too small. The key to rug selection of your dining room is that the rug should be big enough for your chair legs to sit comfortably on the rug when pulled out for people to sit. A common standard is to look for a rug that extends 2 feet on each side of the table. See the images on the left.

Bedroom Layouts

As the focal point of the room, your bed should be the base for rug placement. Not only will this further define the space, but will also give your feet a soft spot to land each morning.

Selection and Advice

Buying an area rug for the home can be challenging.  Our selection of in-store rugs provides you the benefit of easy selection.  Our trained staff are here to help by laying out your room and offering advice.  Please stop in and let us know how we can help should you need an area rug.