Choosing the perfect area rug size for your home is necessary. However, many homeowners do not know the size of the carpet that suits their room. Some of you ended up choosing a beautiful rug, but maybe it is too big for your space, while others may prefer a too small carpet by mistake.
With improved quality of life, people have higher and higher requirements for comfort and aesthetics. Carpets are one of the most popular items in home decoration. Generally speaking, four critical factors should be paid attention to when choosing carpets: material, size, style, and price. The following mainly introduces how to choose rugs for different rooms with standard sizes.
Different rug sizes have different uses. Let's see how different-sized carpets complement each room in your home. We will also introduce how to measure the floor and determine the appropriate carpet size.
Rug Size Guide
Regardless of where you buy rugs, the standard sizes are usually the same. Small rugs are generally less than 5′, medium rugs measure between 5'1″-8'6″, and large rugs are between 8'7″-12′. If you need to cover a large area, like a basement or living room, you should choose an extra-large rug that measures more than 12′. The narrow rugs are used in hallways, entryways, kitchens.
Common Rug Sizes
|Rug Shape||Rug Size||Recommended Rooms|
|Rectangle||3' x 5'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Entryways, Offices|
|Rectangle||4' x 6'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Entryways, Offices|
|Rectangle||5' x 8'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Entryways, Offices|
|Rectangle||6' x 9'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Entryways, Offices|
|Rectangle||8' x 10'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Entryways, Offices|
|Rectangle||9' x 12'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Entryways, Offices|
|Rectangle||10' x 14'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Entryways, Offices|
|Rectangle||12 x 15'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Entryways, Offices|
|Square||4' x 4'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms|
|Square||6' x 6'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms|
|Square||8' x 8'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms|
|Square||10' x 10'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms|
|Runner||2'6" x 8'||Bedrooms, Hallways|
|Runner||3' x 12'||Bedrooms, Hallways|
|Circle||4', 6', 8', 10'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Entryways|
|Oval||6' x 9', 8' x 10'||Living Rooms, Dining Rooms|
|Octagon||4', 6', 8'||Dining Rooms, Entryways|
|Small Rug||3' x 5', 4' x 6' |
|Medium Rug||5' x 8′, 6' x 9′|
|Large Rug||8' x 10', 9' x 12′|
|Extra Large Rug||2' x 15', 12' x 18', 20' x 20'|
Living Room Rug Size Options
When it comes to rug size for living room, there are three main sizes to consider: 5' x 8', 8' x 10', and 9' x 12'. The main difference between the three is where your furniture sits in relationship to the rug.
- Rug sizes range from 5' x 8' to 6' x 9' for the small living room. Place the rug in front of the sofa and leave two to three inches in front of the furniture. You can also place armchairs and couches so that the front legs are on the carpet.
- A large living room or den requires 8 to 10 feet of carpet. You can put the front legs of the sofa or other furniture on the rug. You can also place the sofa or other parts on the edge of the entire carpet, with all four furniture legs on the rug.
- If you have furniture in the middle of your room, you should use a rug that is 9'x12′ or larger. Put all the "floating furniture" on the rug, and make sure the pieces are evenly spaced. Sofa, chairs, tables, or other furniture should sit completely on the rug and leave between 12″ and 18″ of floor space free on all four sides.
Dining Room Rug Size Options
When it comes to rug size for the dining room, there are main sizes to consider: 8' x 10', 9' x 12', and 10' x14', or 8' round area rug, or larger. When shopping for a rug for under your dining room table, you should find a round or rectangular rug that can hold all the legs of your dining room chairs, and make sure all the chair legs should rest on the rug, even when they are pulled out from beneath the table.
Bedroom Rug Size Options
When selecting rugs for your bedroom, there are two primary layouts you can use. You can place a collection of small rugs around the bed or one large rug under the bed. If you want to put all bedroom furniture on top of the rug, the rug size depends on your bed size as follows:
|Bed Types||Recommended Rug Sizes|
|Twin Bed||5' x 8', 8' x 10', 9' x 12'|
|Full or Double Bed||3' x 5', 4' x 6'|
|Queen Bed||5' x 8', 6' x 9', 8' x 10'|
|King Bed||6' x 9', 8' x 10', 9' x 12'|
Hallway Rug Sizes
A hallway rug should be a runner rug that covers at least ¾ the length of the corridor, with a little floor showing on either side. Besides being used in the hallway or next to a bed, runner rugs can be used in a kitchen to visually extend the length or behind a couch under a sofa table.
How to Get the right Rug Size
Whether you are buying rugs online or selecting rugs in a physical store, the size of each rug will be clearly marked. Some carpet designs have many different shapes and sizes. Accurately measuring the size of your carpet will help you choose a size range, making it easier to start screening carpet styles and colors.
Step1 Rug sizing by room
First, determine which room you want to prepare the carpet for. Will it be a place of relaxation, learning, or having fun? And follow the seating placement of your existing furniture(sofa, bed, and table) to determine the setup instead of putting your rug in the center of your room. It would be best if you also had a color scheme based on your room design and color.
Step2 Measure the space for your rug
- Use masking tape to form a border on the floor.
- Keep at least 18 inches of the bare floor all the way around to frame the room’s layout and show pathways.
- Leave 8 inches of space if the room is smaller.
- Always give yourself a 2" margin of error to avoid picking the wrong area rug size.
- Check the tape borders and decide what size rug is appropriate for the area.