The Ultimate Rug Size Guide

Finding the right rug can be challenging. Follow these size guides and placement tips to ease the process and get the perfect fit for your space.


Living Room Rug Size Guide

Living Room Rug Placement Tips

  • Centering: Ensure the rug is centered with the main seating arrangement or the room to maintain a balanced look.
  • Furniture Placement: Either all the furniture legs should be on the rug or at least the front legs of the seating pieces to create a cohesive look.
  • Allowing Space: Keep a distance of at least 6-10 inches between the rug edge and the walls for a well-proportioned layout.

Rug Size for Living Room

Small Living Room
Rug Size: 5x7 or 6x9

A 5x7 or 6x9 rug is ideal for small living rooms up to 200 sq ft, defining the seating area without overwhelming the space, allowing for a seamless interaction with other room elements.

Medium Living Room
Rug Size: 8x10

An 8x10 rug suits medium-sized living rooms (200 to 400 sq ft), providing ample coverage for the seating area and a harmonious integration with other furniture.

Large Living Room
Rug Size: 9x12 and up

For large living rooms (400 sq ft and above), a 9x12 or larger rug is recommended to unify the space, encompassing the main seating area while leaving enough floor space exposed for a balanced look.

Bedroom Rug Size Guide

Bedroom Rug Placement Tips

  • Alignment: Align the rug with the bed rather than the room, ensuring it extends equally on each side for a balanced look.
  • Under-Bed Placement: Position the rug under the bed, extending at least 18-24 inches beyond the bed on all sides where it’s visible to create a cozy border.
  • Bedside Rugs: For a different approach, place smaller rugs or runners on each side of the bed for a warm, soft landing in the morning and evening.

Rug Size for King Bed

Two 3x5 Rugs

A pair of 3x5 rugs on either side of the king bed creates a balanced look and offers individual comfort and warmth for both sides of the bed, delineating the space while adding a touch of coziness.

8x10 Rug

An 8x10 rug placed horizontally about a third of the way down from the top of the bed provides a stylish frame for a king bed, highlighting the bed as the room's focal point while offering a soft landing for your feet in the morning.

10x14 Rug

A 10x14 rug, large enough to accommodate a king bed and two nightstands, creates a luxurious and unified look, grounding the sleeping area while extending the visual space, making the room appear more expansive and well-coordinated.

Rug Size for Queen Bed

5x8 Rug

A 5x8 rug placed horizontally about a third of the way down from the top of the queen bed frames the bed beautifully, defining the sleeping area while offering a plush step for your feet as you rise.

6x9 Rug

A slightly larger 6x9 rug placed in the same manner extends the comfort zone around the bed, providing a cozy, well-defined space while complementing the proportions of the queen bed.

8x10 Rug

An 8x10 rug, spacious enough to hold the entire queen bed and two nightstands, creates a unified, luxurious aesthetic, grounding the bed and nightstands into one cohesive setting, and enhancing the overall ambiance of the bedroom.

Rug Size for Twin Bed

2.5x7 Runner Rug

A 2.5x7 runner rug alongside a twin bed or between two twin beds offers a streamlined look, providing a warm, soft pathway while delineating individual sleeping spaces, adding a touch of comfort and style.

5x8 Rug

A 5x8 rug placed either vertically or horizontally under a twin bed provides a soft, comfortable foundation that complements the bed's dimensions, offering an elegant frame and a cozy landing for your feet.

6x9 Rug

A 6x9 rug, spacious enough to accommodate a twin bed and a nightstand, creates a harmonious, well-coordinated sleeping area, grounding the bed and nightstand while enhancing the overall coziness and aesthetic appeal of the room.

Dining Room Rug Size Guide

Dining Room Rug Placement Tips

  • Size Allowance: Ensure the rug extends at least 24-36 inches beyond the edges of the table on all sides to accommodate chairs being pulled out.
  • Centering: Center the rug with the dining table, not the room, to maintain a cohesive and visually appealing layout.
  • Matching Shapes: Match the shape of your rug to the shape of your table—round with round, rectangular with rectangular—for a harmonious look and well-fitted space.

Rug Size for Dining Room

Small Dining Rooms
2-4 Seat Tables
Rug size: 6x6 or 7x7

A 6x6 or 7x7 square or round rug can fit well with a small round or square table, delineating the dining area and providing a soft underfoot feel.

Medium Dining Rooms
4-6 Seat Tables
Rug Size: 8x10

An 8x10 rug is suitable for medium-sized dining rooms with a rectangular or oval table. This rug size allows for chairs to be pulled out without falling off the edge of the rug, creating a cohesive dining space.

Large Dining Rooms
6-8 Seat Tables
Rug Size: 9x12

A 9x12 rug provides a well-defined area for dining, encompassing the table and chairs while allowing enough space around the table for comfortable movement.

XL Dining Rooms
8+ Seat Tables
Rug Size: 10x14

A 10x14 rug or larger can accommodate a grand dining table and chairs, defining the dining area, and creating a luxurious and well-coordinated dining environment. Multiple rugs could also be used to define different areas within the room.

Home Office Rug Size Guide

war bedroom interior showcasing a green and tan plush tufted rug with a maze design by Jubi

Home Office Rug Placement Tips

  • Desk Alignment: Place the rug under the desk and chair to create a defined workspace and to protect the flooring beneath from wear and tear.
  • Movement Allowance: Ensure the rug is large enough to allow for chair movement without catching on the edges, promoting ease of use and comfort.
  • Noise Reduction: Utilize a rug to help reduce noise and echo in the room, creating a conducive work environment.

Rug Size for Home Offices

Small Home Offices
Rug size: 4x6 or 5x7

A 4x6 or 5x7 rug can work well under a small desk and chair, helping to define the workspace, provide comfort underfoot, and add a touch of style to the room.

Medium Home Offices
Rug size: 8x10

An 8x10 rug is suitable for a standard desk setup, encompassing the desk and chair with enough space to move around comfortably, creating a well-defined and inviting workspace.

Large Home Offices
Rug size: 9x12

A 9x12 rug can provide a cohesive look for an extended desk setup or dual workstations, unifying the space and offering a soft, comfortable foundation.

Kitchen Rug Size Guide

Kitchen Rug Size Guide

  • High Traffic Areas: Place rugs in high traffic areas such as in front of the sink or stove to provide comfort underfoot and protect the flooring.
  • Slip-Resistant: Opt for slip-resistant, easy-to-clean rugs to ensure safety and ease of maintenance in this spill-prone area.
  • Runner Placement: Utilize runners in galley-style kitchens or along lengthy countertops to add style and comfort without overwhelming the space.

Rug Size for Kitchens

Small Kitchens
Rug size: 2x3 or 2x4

A 2x3 or 2x4 rug works well in front of the sink or stove, providing comfort underfoot and adding a touch of style without overwhelming the compact space.

Medium Kitchens
Rug size: 2x6 or 2x8

Runners like 2x6 or 2x8 can be used in galley-style areas, while a larger 4x6 rug could fit in a central area or under a small dining table, providing a cohesive look and comfort in key work areas.

Large Kitchens
Rug size: 5x7 or 6x9

If you have a large kitchen, consider using a medium size rug like 5x7 or 6x9 under a small table to define an in-kitchen area.