Picking the Perfect Sized Rug for your Space

By March 22, 2017Outdoor Decor
Striped Living Room Rug




As a designer, one thing I am often called to do is help select rugs for my client’s homes. This is one of my favorite tasks, but seems to be something that my clients struggle with the most. With endless options for materials and colors to choose from, it is no wonder that this can be overwhelming and confusing. Not to mention the available price points.

There are several different topics we will cover on how to choose the perfect rug for your space, but today, I would like to discuss how to pick the perfect size rug.
Faux Fur Small Rug

That’s right ladies and gentlemen: Size does matter!

There is nothing that makes me cringe more than when I walk into a room and see a rug that is too small for an area. It is very rare that I see a rug too large for an area. The biggest mistake most people make is that the scale of the rug in proportion to their rooms is entirely too small.
So how can you avoid this very costly mistake? Besides picking up the phone and calling me to the scene, I have included a few tips free of charge!
  • Pick a rug that is 18-24 inches smaller than the most-narrow part of the room. If a living room is 10’ x 12’, an 8’ x 10’ rug will probably be your best bet. It leaves a 24” border of floor to view, and all furniture should be at least 2/3 on the rug.
  • Hallway Rugs Need at least 6” on all sides for doorways and walls to look proportionally correct.
  • Rugs that are meant to go under dining tables should extend at least 18” beyond the table on every side: that way all 4 of the chair legs can be on the rug when the chairs are pushed in.
  • For Bedroom rugs, always remember the majority of your rug is going to be..where else? Under the bed. You should have at least 3-4’ of the rug on each side and at the foot of your bed showing. That way when you have to jump out of bed, your feet hit a soft, warm surface, rather than a cold hard floor.
  • Rugs come in a variety of sizes, but most rugs on the market are made in the following standard sizes: 6′ x 9′, 8′ x 10′, 9′ x 12′, 10′ x 14′, and 12′ x 15′. Measure your room and furniture first, and then decide which of these sizes work best for you.
Turkish Rug

When in doubt, always size up! You do not want me walking into your home and telling you that beautiful rug you paid several hundred dollars for is the biggest design faux pas in your house!

Living Room Ariel photo

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