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How To Choose The Right Rug Size For Any Room

How To Choose The Right Rug Size For Any Room

Rugs are known for effortlessly ramping up the visual appeal of the room. As much as the style and design of the rug matter, the size is the most crucial point of consideration when buying one. After all, you can’t choose your favorite Afghan rug that is too large for your small living room. Similarly, a small Aztec rug in your grand drawing room will be dwarfed by other elements present in the room. 

Choosing the right size rug can be a bit of a tricky process. When selecting a rug for your room, you might not always be well prepared with technicalities as the correct size. If measuring tapes are not your thing, then you have landed at the right place. In this article, we will guide you on How To Choose The Right Rug Size For Any Room. 

General Rules 

Don’t worry! We are not going to suggest you learn technicalities. These general rules may suffice and will help you with your selection. 

  • On average, the rug size falls between 8’x10′ and 9’x12′.
  • The rug should be at least 6″ wider than your sofa. Ideally, it should be 8″ wider. 
  • Typically, the length of the rug should match the length of the sofa. 
  • The walkway between furniture pieces should be 30″ to 36″ for an average-sized room. If you have a small space, then at least keep it at 18″-24″. 

Placement Styles of Rug

The size of the rug usually depends upon its placement. There are various ways in which you can place the rug. Here are the top five placement styles which you can try: 

All Legs on the Board 

If you have a large room, then you can go grand with the rug size. A large rug will provide you with enough space to place all the conversational pieces such as accent chairs, sofa, and coffee table on it. The general rule is to give yourself 8″ starting from the edge of the furniture to the edge of the rug. This placement style will get all the furniture legs on board. 

To pull off this style, leave enough space on the edges of the rug. Ensure to follow the 8″ rule, or even a large rug will appear inappropriately sized with furniture hanging too close to the edges.

Similarly, give yourself around 10″ to 18″ from the rug to the wall. You can even take it up to 24″ if the room is large enough. Getting too close to the wall will give an appearance of the wall to wall carpet. It can kill the real beauty and purpose of the rug. This is why following the 10″ to 18″ rule is essential. The only exception to this rule is when the sofa is placed against the wall. 

Front Legs Only 

This placement style is one of the most popular ones. Ideal for medium and small-sized rooms, the furniture pieces have only their front legs placed on the rug. The back legs usually hang off. This style of rug placement is also recommended, especially when you have statement pieces in the room. It will also make your room appear spacious, even if it’s not. Ideally, the rug should go under each conversational piece about 1/3 of the piece’s width. For example, if your chair has a width of 21″, the rug should be about 7″ under it. 


Is your favorite rug too small? Don’t worry. With this smart trick, you can make your favorite rug the center of attention. Pair it up with a larger rug. Place the small rug on the top of the larger one. The key is to find a large rug that complements the smaller one. 

Layering two rugs will help you create a sense of harmony in the room. For a small vintage rug, you can opt for a jute-like larger rug as a base. Place the smaller rug at the center of the larger one. A colorful small rug at the top-center of a large neutral-colored rug can camouflage the layering.

You can go a bit rouge with this effect by placing the front legs of your furniture on it. This will allow you to utilize your favorite small rug without making it look out of place. 

The Float 

The float style is quite unconventional as it does not adhere to the general rules. This style of rug placement can make your room look fantastic. The key is to place the rug under the coffee table and not under all the furniture pieces. A medium-sized rug will do the trick to pull this style off. The gap between the rug and surrounding furniture pieces should be 5″. Anything more than 5″ will make the rug appear too small. 

The Sculptural Float 

The sculptural float is another unconventional style on our list. Contrary to popular belief, rugs don’t necessarily have to be rectangular. You can choose irregular shapes as well. This is what sculptural float style is all about. They are an excellent fit for irregularly shaped rooms. Unlike other placement styles, you can place them in any corner of the room, such as the one near the fireplace. The only rule you need to follow is to keep most of the furniture legs on the top of the rug. 

We hope this simple guide will help you get through the size selection of your new rug. 

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