Choosing a rug for your space can be a daunting task, but choosing the right size can make all the difference in the world. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of choosing the right rug size and provide some examples of the best rug sizes for different rooms in your home.
We recommend using blue tape to tape down the exact measurements of the rug onto your floors to help you visualize the size of the rug in your space!
For a standard-sized living room (around 11'x13'), we recommend a 6'x9' - 8'x10' rug. The front legs of each furniture piece should be on the rug. You'll want to make sure the rug is at least six inches wider than the sofa on each side, leaving at least one foot of flooring on each side of the rug.
A 9x12 rug works well in an 12'x18' or larger living room. Make sure the rug is at least six inches wider than the sofa on each side, and keep at least one foot between the walls and rug.
For even larger living rooms/great rooms, consider a rug that is 10x14 or larger.
Dining Room Area
As a general rule of thumb, your rug should be at least 2 feet wider and longer than your dining table. For example, a 6x9 rug would be a good choice for a table that seats four to six people, while an 8x10 or 9x12 rug would be better suited for a larger table that seats eight to ten people. Keep at least one foot of space between the walls and rug. No matter which rug size you choose, all four legs of each dining chair should be on the rug, and they should push in and out easily while staying on the rug.
In the bedroom, the size of the rug you choose will depend on how you arrange your furniture. If you have a bed with a frame, you'll want a rug that is at least 2-3 feet wider than your bed and extends beyond the foot of the bed. For example, a 5x8 or 6x9 rug would be suitable for a twin or full-sized bed, while a queen or king-sized bed would require a larger rug such as an 8x10 or 9x12. If you prefer to place your rug under the bed, a 9x12 rug can work well, allowing for ample space on either side of the bed.
For larger bedrooms, consider a rug that is 10x14 or larger.
In a smaller bedroom with a full-size bed, you could place one scatter rug (3'x5' x 5'x7') on each side of the bed. If you have two twin beds, you could place one scatter rug between the two beds.
The length of the rug runner will depend on the length of your hallway, so you'll want to measure the length of your hallway first. Ideally, the rug runner should cover most of the length of the hallway, leaving only a small amount of space at either end. To determine the width, a good rule of thumb is to leave about 3-6 inches of space between the wall and the sides of the runner.
If you have a really long hallway, you can always consider multiple coordinating runners.
In conclusion, choosing the right rug size is crucial to creating a cohesive and balanced look in your space. Remember to take into account the size of your room and furniture when selecting a rug, and don't be afraid to experiment with different sizes until you find the perfect fit. By choosing the right rug size, you can transform your space into a beautiful and functional oasis that you'll love spending time in.
(Photo by Tiffany Leigh Design featuring a Cloth & Wool rug)