Rug Buying Guide

Figuring Out the Right Rug Size

Confused about the right-sized rug for your room? Use the visual guide below to help you decide.


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Living room furniture completely on the rug

Furniture Completely on the Rug

The chosen rug should extend at least 6" on each side. This helps anchor a living room within an open-concept space, or accommodates any floating furniture grouping (no furniture against a wall).

Recommended Rug Sizes:

9x12'

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Living room furniture partially on the rug

Furniture Partially on the Rug

This is a versatile option and works extremely well when one edge of the furniture grouping is against a wall.

You don't need to pay for a rug to cover a spot no one sees.

Recommended Rug Sizes:

6x9' or 8x10'

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Coffee Table on the rug

Coffee Table on the Rug

This layout is ideal for small or narrow spaces, and makes the room feel larger.

Base the rug size on the interior dimensions of your seating area, and not just the coffee table.

Recommended Rug Sizes:

4x6' or 5x7'

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Find Dining Room Rugs

Stick with a layout that has the rug extending beyond the chairs for this room, else the chairs can tip over when pushed back.

The rug should extend at least 36 inches beyond all sides of the table, but no less than 24 inches. Chairs must sit on a flat surface, even when pushed back.

Recommended Rug Sizes:

9x12' for 7-Piece Dining Sets

4' to 6' Round Rug for Bistro Sets

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7 Piece Dining Set and Bistro Set

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All bedroom furnishings on the rug

All Furniture on the Rug

This layout extends beyond the bed to its accompanying furniture, like nightstands or a bench. It does not include the bedroom pieces along the walls, like dressers.

Leave 18" to 24" of space, but do not encroach upon any main walkways

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Bedroom furniture on 2/3rd of the rug

Furniture on 2/3rd of the Rug

This is a popular layout. It doesn't quite extend up to your nightstands, yet it allows for 18 to 24 inches of room on the sides and past the foot of the bed.

Recommended Rug Sizes:

8x10' for Queen

9x12' for King

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Bedroom runners on each side of the rug

Runners on Each Side of the Bed

The runner shouldn't extend beyond the bed itself, but should be a bit wider than your nightstand.

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Rugs Come In Many Shapes

You might want to choose a rug that complements the rest of the furnishing in the room. What shape would complement your room furnishing?

Common Rug Shapes:


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