Guide to Choosing a Rug Size

Choosing a rug size for a bedroom

You can give your room an instant makeover with the quick switch of a rug. Everything about a rug, from the texture of its construction to its color scheme and the overall design, can heavily influence — and therefore change — the design statement in the room. Another important detail that shouldn’t be overlooked is rug size. Admittedly, figuring out the best rug size for any room can be a difficult task. Follow these expert tips and diagrams to help you choose the best rug size for your space.


There’s nothing better than hitting the warm, soft surface of a rug when you roll out of bed in the mornings.  To create a cozy border, allow an additional 30″ on each side of the bed. From there, the size of the rug can vary depending on how much or little flooring you’d like to see.

Choosing a rug size for the dining room

Dining Room

For chairs to slide in and out comfortably, you should add 24″-30″ to each side of the table for the perfect rug size. If your table has extensions or leaves, take measurements with them in place, so you’ll have a large enough rug regardless of the size of your dinner party.

Choosing a rug size for the living room

Living Room

In a living room, the rug helps define the space. To create an inviting, inclusive feel, choose a rug large enough to extend past all of your seating. To highlight a particular area, layer your foundation rug with a smaller rug that makes a big statement. If your living room space is very large, consider dividing it into separate seating areas, each with its own rug.

Still not sure if the size is right for your room? Use painter’s tape to outline the area you’d like to cover, measure the perimeter and pick the nearest size in your favorite rug.

Find more rug inspiration here, or browse our Pinterest boards for ideas.

Patricia Palermo

Patricia Palermo

Patricia Palermo has been writing about home décor and design since 1999, which is when she first learned the term faux bois. She's passionate about helping others find their design style, because she believes with a little know-how and inspiration, anyone can decorate with confidence. Patricia has a degree in Journalism and lives in Atlanta with her husband and four-year-old twins.



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    May 8, 2017


    I am looking for a natural fiber rug for my den/office. It is a long narrow room, 21′ long. I can only do about 6′ wide due to vents and a hearth. Do you have an rugs that fit these dimensions? I was wondering how odd it look to have 2 or 3 rugs. Two would likely mean breaking the room in half, which I don’t love since a sofa sits in the middle. I’d welcome any advice.


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      Annika Dupree

      June 5, 2017

      We would love to help you pick out a rug for your den/office! We offer a free design service where our interior designers help you pick out furniture, fabric, and accessories! Just send in your question along with a picture of the room here, and a designer will reach out to you with a design plan!

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    April 24, 2017

    We have recently purchased a new round table and I am very hesitant to use a rug because we have 15 month old twins. I’m so worried it will get destroyed with food and drinks. Is their a kid friendly material I should be looking for? I’ve heard using an indoor/outdoor rug is a good choice. Help!

    • Caroline McDonald

      Caroline McDonald

      April 24, 2017

      Indoor outdoor rugs have come a long way in recent years! Because they’re often made from polypropylene, you could literally hose them down outside and they’ll be good as new. Some do have a thicker weave than others though which give them the feel of a wool rug. While these certainly feel more plush and are extra resistant to stains, their plush texture means they don’t dry as quickly as a flatter pile. Overall, I think an indoor outdoor rug would work fantastically for your application! I’m certain they’ll be able to stain up to whatever stains your twins can throw at them 🙂
      Best of luck!

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    March 4, 2017

    Hi! I’m in need of two rugs for my kitchen/hearth area. A round for under the kitchen table and a rectangle for under 2 chairs in front of a fireplace. Would you recommend the same pattern in both areas or different? Would sisal be a good option or would a patterned rug be best? The areas are about 20 feet from each other. Thanks for your input!

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      Annika Dupree

      June 5, 2017

      We would love to help you pick out rugs! We offer a free service in which our interior designers help pick out furniture, fabric, and accessories! Just send in your question and a picture of the room here, and a designer will contact you with a design plan!

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    February 23, 2017

    Hi! We have just moved to a new house with traditionally stained oak floors, from dark hardwoods, and our rugs look terrible! Thinking of purchasing the Best of Ballard’s Braided Jute in driftwood. Will this color work on our honey hued floors? And is it over kill to use same style rug in family, dinning, and master? Thank you for your time and suggestions!

    • Caroline McDonald

      Caroline McDonald

      February 24, 2017

      It’s definitely not overkill to use the same rug throughout your main rooms. In fact, it’s a great way to link them all together. Sounds like this rug would work great with your honey colored floors too.
      Happy Decorating!

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    September 15, 2016

    How about an office. I’m having trouble figuring out how the desk chair can be comfortable half on and half off. The rug Should the rug go to the wall under the desk?

    • Caroline McDonald

      How to Decorate

      September 16, 2016

      You’re right, it’ll be difficult to move around a chair (if it’s on casters) if the rug is half on and half off. It would be best to have it either all on the rug or all off. As far as the rug running under the desk to be closer to the wall, we think that’s the best way to go.
      Best of luck!

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    September 11, 2016


    We have an odd shaped small front living room. There are Windows on one wall and a corner fireplace taking up two walls. The remaining wall is only half a wall as its our stairs and room entrance.

    Currently we have two Chairs angled in front of the windows and looking towards the fireplace. And we have a round rug in front. I feel like we may need a square rug but will that conflict with the angle of the fireplace.

    • Caroline McDonald

      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      A round rug seems like a good solution, but if you aren’t happy with it, we’d suggest having a custom rug cut. You can do this at nearly any carpet store. A seagrass or natural fiber would be great. Usually they’ll come to your house, measure your room and cut the rug to size. This will solve the problem of your angled fireplace!