RUG SIZE GUIDE
THE RUG SIZE GUIDE: THE EASY WAY TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RUG FOR YOUR SPACE.
When decorating a home, a rug is a statement piece that can pull all of the elements together...or make a room feel strangely not-quite-right. A well-positioned rug can help define a living area and add depth and warmth to a space. But an overly large rug can envelop a room and a too-small runner can make an otherwise lovely hallway feel oddly cramped... basically, finding the right size rug for your space can be a challenge.
To simplify the rug buying process, Our tips will enable you to find the ideal rug size for every room in your home.
Standard Rug Sizes To Know
“One size fits all” does not exist in the rug world. There’s an exceptional range of rug sizes out there—and that doesn’t even count custom flooring (which we’ll cover a bit later). But there are a few standard sizes you’ll see as you shop online for rugs. For a quicker look at sizes, refer to our rug sizes chart.
3’ x 5’
Unless you have a very small room, a 3’ x 5’ foot rug will likely be used as an accent rug. In the same way that a loveseat is a slightly smaller version of a sofa, a 3’ x 5’ rug is the cozy cousin of the larger area rug.
5’ x 7’
A standard photo (remember photos?) is 5 x 7 inches, which might help you have an idea of the shape of a 5 x 7 foot rug. For scale, an average couch is 84 inches long, aka seven feet. So you can imagine a 5’ x 7’ rug as being as long as a couch, and a little bit wider.
6’ x 9’
For apartments or small living rooms, a 6’ x 9’ rug might be ideal. Usually, a couch and two chairs can comfortably anchor the rug with their front two legs. That leaves enough room for a small coffee table—or for a six-foot-tall person to nap on the floor with ease.
8’ x 10’
When a space is big enough that your furniture doesn’t touch the wall, an 8’ x 10’ foot rug will give you room to fit all four legs of your couch, a coffee table, and the front two legs of your accent chairs.
9’ x 12’
A 9’ x 12’ foot rug will happily fit your couch, coffee table, and two chairs with about a foot of space on the edge. This is best for large rooms, lofts, or open plan spaces.
OthersYou may also find rugs in sizes like 4’ x 6’, 5’ x 8’, and 6’ x 9’. The scale of those rugs will feel similar to the standard sizes listed above. But you may prefer these slightly more square rugs if that mirrors the shape of your room.
Are typically between two and three feet wide and anywhere from four to 15 feet long. In addition, there are accent and more eccentric area rugs that cover a huge range of shapes and sizes. Still, most rugs fall into (or close to) these standard sizes, and the standard sizes fit a wide variety of rooms.
Now that you can really picture these sizes, take a look at our rug sizes chart for quick guidelines.
What Size Rug For the Living Room?
What’s the Best Size Rug for the Bedroom?
For bedrooms, you’re very often barefoot around the sides and end of your bed, so that’s the exact space your rug should cover. That way, when you wake up on a cold January morning, your feet say hello to a warm, cozy rug, not the cold hardwood.
Generally, the size of the bed helps determine the size of the rug. If your bedroom is extremely large or an unusual shape, you can opt for the 2-foot rule, the “where am I going to be barefoot” guideline, or our rug sizes guide.
Rug Size for King BedThe rug should cover at least 2 feet around the bed and extend out to the ends of your nightstands. Ideally, the rug will reach to the far end of the nightstands, but if it stops at around the halfway point of your bedside tables, that will also look fine. Usually, a 9’ x 12’ rug works great for a king bed.
Rug Size for Queen BedFor a queen bed, it’s still best for the rug to reach from under the bed all the way to the near edge (the edge closer to the bed) of your nightstands. The rug should also extend out from the foot of the bed by 2-3 feet. An 8’ x 10’ rug would give great coverage for a queen bed, though you could get away with using a 6’ x 9’ if you don’t mind a little more exposed flooring.
Rug Size for Full Size BedA room with a full size bed has two great options.
- Use a 6’ x 9’ rug under the bed that extends to the nightstands.
- Use two accent rugs on either side of the bed. If you choose number 2, the rugs won’t go under the bed, but they’ll fully cover both sides of the bed. These smaller (likely 3’ x 5’ or a runner) rugs would line up with the nightstands. Another option: place a runner or 3’ x 5’ rug at the foot of the bed, and leave the sides of the bed rug-free.
What is the Best Rug Size for the Dining Room?
An 8’ x 10’ rug works well for most dining rooms. If you have a very large room and dining table with eight or more chairs, a 9’ x 12’ might be more appropriate. Or if you have a four-seater and a cozier space, a 6’ x 9’ might do nicely.
What is the Best Rug Size for a Hallway?
Runners are the long, narrow rugs typically found in hallways. We recommend letting the runner match the shape of the hallway, but it doesn’t need to match the length exactly. However, here's a case where shorter is definitely better than longer: be sure that the rug doesn’t extend into the entryway, where it would make the room feel uneven. For width, we suggest leaving 4-5 inches of floor space on each side of the rug. However, with narrower hallways, you can leave just 2-3 inches of hardwood floor showing without making your hallway feel cramped. Here's the number one rule: be sure the runner is centered.