Area Rug Sizes

Area Rug Sizes
Area Rug Sizes

Choosing the right area rug for your room is an important task. Often, when folks shop for a rug, they choose one solely based on appearance. There are many factors to consider and it’s important to know what size rug to get for your living room, or any other space, to ensure that it fits properly and looks good too. So how do you choose the correct sized rug?

Don’t guess! Understand what you need to help you select the best carpet for your room.

Choosing the Right Size Rug

Finding the rug that best fits your space is more complicated than you might imagine. The rug size you want will depend on how you arrange your furniture, either on, or off the rug. Larger rugs can make a room appear bigger, and smaller area rugs, well, they can make a room appear smaller or interrupt the flow of the space. If you’re unsure which size rug you need for your room, this handy rug size guide will help.

The first step is to decide which room you’re going to place a rug in. Placing a throw rug in your bedroom is different than putting one down in your living room. Rugs for the living room are usually any of 3 sizes-- 5 x 8, 8 x 10, or 9 x 12. For most room formations, either all the furniture will rest on the rug, or, everything except for the coffee table should be off the rug.

  • A 5 x 8 rug will typically be placed in the center of the room, with only the coffee table resting on the rug and the other furniture off of it.
  • An 8 x 10 rug is ideal if you want to place furniture on it. It allows for furniture to be placed off the rug in other spots in the room.
  • A 9 x 12 rug is the best size to use if you want all of your furniture on the rug. It’s important to leave an 18” barrier all around the edges if you want to make the room look larger.

For other rooms of your house such as the dining room, you can go with a round rug or a rectangular one. Round rugs are an excellent choice for a dining room table with 4-6 chairs. A 9 x 12 or 8 x10 rug will be the perfect spot for a dining table with 6 or more chairs.

We hope this area rug size guide will help you find the right sized throw rug for your room. You won’t have to worry about buying a rug that just doesn’t fit. Shop for that perfect rug now.



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