Friday, September 9, 2011

Rug Sizing Tips

What size rug do I need?

Size does matter in selecting the right rug. Below are some suggestions -- not rules!!!


The foyer might be the most aesthetically important space in your house. It’s the entrance -- the first impression people see upon entering your home. A good quality oriental rug can make a statement.

Depending on the size, shape and furniture in your foyer, you can go a couple of different ways. It’s hard to generalize because foyers can come in so many different layouts. Some basic options are:
  • Putting a rectangular rug, either horizontally or vertically, in the largest, squarish section of the foyer.
  • Putting runners in longer, narrower sections.
  • Some combination of the above

But this is all highly subjective and dependant on the specifics of your foyer.

Here are some additional foyer tips:
  • If you have furniture against the wall, a rug lying in front of the furniture looks nice.
  • If you have a table in the center of the foyer a rug looks great under it
  • If you have a very long hall, break it up with runners and scatter rugs
  • Don’t feel obligated to use round or oblong rugs with round tables -- they look good with rectangular rugs.
  • Keep some floor showing between the rugs and the walls. For smaller foyers, allow at least 4-6 inches; for larger rooms, 1-2 feet.

If you’re really confused, send me a diagram! We’re happy to offer suggestions on how to lay out your rugs.

Dining Room

A dining room is the easiest room to fit a rug. The most important rule is that you want your rug to fit under the table and accommodate all the chairs when people are sitting down. And you want at least a 1 or 2 foot perimeter between the rug and the walls. That’s basically it!

Some other dining room tips:
  • If you have leaves for your table, but only use them occasionally, then base the size of the rug on the table without the leaves.
  • Furniture in the room can look good either on the rug or off of it. It’s a matter of preference.
  • An all-over pattern -- that is, a rug without a center medallion -- works best for dining rooms.

Living Room

The are many options for living room rug layout, so it’s harder to give specific suggestions. For many living rooms, a good option is to put one large rug roughly centered in the room. How much floor you want you show around it is a matter of taste. Furniture can either be on, partially on, or completely off of the rug. For very large rooms, you can break it up by using two or more rugs.

It really depends on furniture placement and taste. Again, if you’d like some options, send us a diagram and we can help you select the perfect size.


There are a couple of standard options for bedrooms:
  • If the room is large enough, a 9x12 or 10x14 rug can go under the bed horizontally. This fills up the room without needing rugs on either side of the bed.
  • For smaller bedrooms, an accent piece at the foot of the bed or a small scatter rug beside the bed can complete the room.

For any bedroom, softer palette rugs tend to work better.


If you have an eat-in kitchen, a good durable rug will not only look good but it will clean up over and over, and add warmth to the room. A small scatter rug or runner looks wonderful in front of the sink or along side of a kitchen island.


These tips are just suggestions. Rug layout is a highly subjective and personal choice. Experiment with different layout ideas, and have fun! It’s your home!


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