Rug Sizing Tips
Bigger is Better
A few inches can make all the difference between the rug pulling the room together or making it feel disjointed. Opting for the larger option, especially if you’re choosing between sizes, will prove that it is worth the extra expense every time.
Rug Sizing by Room
To find the right rug sizes for your home, consider the size of each room and the room’s furniture groupings
Your living room shape, not just the furniture, should dictate the rug size and orientation to make the space look larger and feel connected. There are three main layouts: all furniture legs resting on the rug, just the front legs on the rug, or all furniture – except for the coffee table – off the rug. If you choose a layout with the sofa on the rug, the rug should extend at least 6″ on each side for proper scale. Learn more about these layouts below. 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.
We recommend sticking with all legs on the rug for this room – for safety’s sake. The rug should extend at least 24″, and no less than 36″, beyond all sides of the table, so chairs can sit on a flat surface, even when they are pushed back.
We recommend having the rug extend at least 18″ – 24″ past the edge of your bed.If two sides of the bed sit against a wall, then we recommend runners on each side.
A well-placed runner can visually extend the space.
Runners are the go-to choice for corridors.
Let the shape of the space dictate the choice of round, rectangular, or runner, and use the width of your front door as a baseline for how wide the rug should be. Check the pile height to ensure your door will clear the rug when it’s opened.
Rug Pad Sizing
When buying an area rug for your home, don’t forget a rug pad! A rug pad will help keep your rug from sliding around under your household’s foot traffic.A good rule of thumb for choosing the right size rug pad is to leave 1″ of rug overhang on all sides of the rug pad.