The right rug can help define a seating area, create a walkway, or add visual interest to a room. Ensure your space feels balanced with the right size rug. Consider the size and shape of your room, along with the furniture that will go on the rug or placed nearby. We have a wide range of sizes to meet the needs of any space, from 2’ x 3’ to 10’ x 14’. Find out how to find the right size rug for your dining room, living room, and bedroom with our guide below.
For choosing a rug in your dining room, consider the size of your dining table. We recommend a rug that's two feet longer and wider than your table—this will ensure there's enough room to pull back chairs without hitting the edge of the rug.
- 8-person dining table: 6' x 9' to 9' x 12'
- 6-person dining table: 6' x' 9 to 8' x 10'
- 4-person dining table: 5' x 8' to 8' x 10'
- Round 6-person table: 6' x 9' to 8' x 10'
- If you're deciding between two rug sizes, go with the larger size. A rug that's on the verge of being too small will make your space feel more cramped, whereas a larger size will make the room feel more open.
- Choose a rug that extends at least 2' on each side of your table—most tables will need a rug that's at least 8' wide.
- A general rule of thumb is to match the rug shape to your table shape. Most rugs are rectangular, making them ideal for rectangular tables. For a round table, a large round rug or a large rectangular area rug can work.
In a living space, a rug can function in a variety of ways. It can define the whole room, accent a small seating area, and bring an abundance of color and texture. For large area rugs, there are two options for size and placement with your furniture; the rug should either be large enough to fit all of the furniture on it (with breathing room to spare around the edge), or large enough to fit at least the front two legs of each furniture piece on it (not including a central piece of furniture like a coffee table or side table).
- Loveseat & armchair: 5' x 8'
- Small sectional: 8' x 10' or larger
- Sofa, loveseat & armchair: 8' x 10' or 9' x 12'
- Large sectional & armchairs: 9' x 12' or 10' x 14'
- When considering your rug size and layout, ensure that the front legs of all furniture pieces are sitting on the rug, leaving about 6" of rug space underneath each piece.
- For a larger room, consider an oversized area rug that can fit all four legs of any sofas, sectionals, chairs, and side tables, possibly a 10' x 14'.
The right size rug for your bedroom depends on the placement. Do you want two small rugs on either side of the bed or a large area rug to set a relaxing, luxurious tone? For an area rug in the bedroom, it should be large enough to fit underneath the entire bed with at least a foot of rug surrounding the bed. For a slightly smaller option, you can place the rug two-thirds of the way under the bed starting in front of your nightstands.
- Maintain 2' to 3' of rug space on each side of the bed to have a soft place to land when you stand up each morning.
- If you have a furniture piece at the foot of your bed, like a storage bench, choose a larger rug size to accommodate.
- For an easy update, place two 2'x 3' or 3' x 5' rugs on either side of the bed; this can be a great option for a room where you want to showcase the floors.
We have a wide range of runner sizes to fit any space, whether you're looking to add a rug to a long hallway, staircase, or your kitchen.
Hallways: Make sure you don't cut off any door entrances with a rug that ends in the middle of the doorway. It should extend past any doorway at least 4" and have at least 4" of breathing room from the wall on either side.
Kitchens: If you haven an island, consider a runner that extends past the island on both sides to make the space feel larger. For a small pop of color, a 2' x 3' rug makes a great addition in front of the kitchen sink.
Stairways: For a stairway, you'll need an extended length to accommodate tucking the rug in underneath each step. If your staircase has a landing or changes direction, consider connecting two rugs for a seamless transition. Make sure to measure both the tread (horizontal step) and the riser (vertical part of step) when figuring out how long your rug needs to be—don't forget the last step that leads to the final landing at the top. Multiply the total inches per stair by the total number of steps, then divide by 12 to get the total length in feet necessary for your rug. We recommend professional installation to ensure accuracy and safety. Check out our stair rods for an elegant finishing touch.
Choosing the right size rug will help your space feel balanced and inviting. For more advice on deciding between rug styles, including hand-knotted and flatweave, see our guide on How to Choose the Right Rug for Your Space.