How to Pick the Right Size for Your Area Rug

How to Pick the Right Size for Your Area Rug

Posted by Janice Wells on October 4, 2023

Picking the right sized area rug

Choosing the right size of an area rug is crucial for creating a balanced and visually appealing space. Here are some tips to help you select the appropriate size for your home.

Measure the seating area

Start by measuring the seating area or the space where you intend to place the area rug. For example, in a living room, measure the dimensions of the sofa and chairs to determine the appropriate size. Ensure that the rug is large enough to accommodate all the furniture legs comfortably.

In a more modern space, it is acceptable to place only the front legs of the furniture on the rug. If ever in doubt lean more on the larger size vs. smaller size when considering the overall rug size.

Consider the room layout

Take into account the layout and the arrangement of the furniture in the room. If you have a centralized seating arrangement, such as a sofa and chairs grouped together, a rug that extends slightly beyond the furniture is ideal. If your furniture is against the walls, you can opt for a rug that covers the main seating area and leaves some space between the rug and the walls.

Define areas with rugs

In open floor plans or large rooms, you can use multiple rugs to define different areas. For example, you can place a rug under the dining table to anchor the dining area and another rug in the seating area to define the living space. Make sure the rugs are appropriately sized for each area and there is enough space between them for a visually appealing look.

Consider room proportions

Take into account the proportions of the room when selecting a rug size. In smaller rooms, a larger rug can create the illusion of a more spacious area. In larger rooms, a small rug may appear disproportionate. Aim for a rug size that harmonizes with the overall scale of the room as well as not interfere with any main traffic patterns that could cause tripping hazards.

Account for the overall room shape

The shape of the room should also be considered when choosing a rug size. In square rooms, a square or round rug can work well to complement the space. In rectangular rooms, consider a rug that matches the room's proportions and elongates the space if desired. If you want to soften a space a round rug is always a great option.

Leave adequate floor space

It's important to leave some bare floor space exposed around the edges of the room. A general guideline is to leave around 12-24 inches of bare floor between the rug and the walls. This helps create a border and prevents the room from feeling overcrowded.

Use painter's tape or visual cues

To help visualize the size and placement of a rug, you can use blue painter's tape or mark the dimensions on the floor with tape measures. This will give you a better sense of how the rug will look and feel in the space and help you make an informed decision.

Remember, these are general tips. Personal preference and style can also influence your rug size choice. Consider the overall aesthetics and functionality of the space to ensure the rug fits well and enhances the room's design, while not interfering with main traffic flow.

Feel free to call the Rug Goddess at 866-921-5716 or email Janice a.k.a. the Rug Goddess for help.