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Choosing the proper rug size

Determining the best size for a room...

Determining the best size for a room is just as important as choosing the proper rug style and colors palette.  The shape and size of the rug will help to define furniture groupings and seating areas. Using several area rugs in one area can help to 'link' one room to another. Furniture can be centered on a rug or positioned off the rug, depending on your personal preference. Coordinating rugs are usually different patterns with similar colors, or you can use exact matching rugs for a more custom and modern approach. 


For medium sized rooms...

For medium sized rooms, area rugs are typically 5’ x 8’. This size is great for smaller bedrooms, home offices, and in living rooms under the coffee table, for example.

Under the Coffee Table

  • Area rugs should approximate the same length and width of the furniture within the space. 
  • Depending upon the size of your coffee table and accompanying furniture,choose a rug that accommodates all 4 legs of the table.
  • You can either leave some space between the furniture and area rug or place the front legs of the furniture on the rug with furniture coasters under the back legs adjusting for height.
Rug placement in living room


For large sized rooms...

Large rooms typically require an 8’ x 10 or larger area rug. This size of rug is great for living rooms, great rooms, dining rooms, and master bedrooms. Instead of arranging the furniture and rug in a traditional alignment, a new twist might be to angle the rug underneath; or angle the bed/sofa/dining table and rug to match.


Dining Rooms

  • An 8’ wide rug can accommodate most dining tables, but add at least 4’ to the length and width of your table measurements to be sure.
  • Rugs should extend beyond the chairs in the pulled out position.

Living Rooms / Great Rooms

  • Balance the area you are trying to define by leaving an equal amount of rug around the furniture grouping.
  • An equal amount of exposed flooring around your rug can also give balance to your room.


  • In bedrooms, one large rug is luxurious, but the bed will cover most of it. Smaller equal-sized rugs used around the bed are another option. The soft comfort of a rug is most appreciated when stepping in and out of bed.

Dining Room Rug placement

Bedroom Rug placement

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