Selecting the Right Rug Size for Your Spaces

Selecting the Right Rug Size for Your Spaces

Rugs are like the unsung heroes of interior design, transforming the look and feel of a room with their texture, color, and size. They add warmth, comfort, and a sense of style to any space. However, selecting the right rug size for a room can sometimes be a challenging task. A rug that's too small can make a space feel disjointed, while one that's too large might overwhelm the room. 

Our design team is here to help navigate this common hangup. Here’s our Saybrook Home comprehensive guide on choosing the correct rug size for different rooms in your home.

Living Room

In the living room, the rug plays a vital role in tying the space together. It should ideally encompass the main seating area. Here are a few considerations:

  • Room Shape In a square or rectangular room, choose a rug that fits the seating area. Ensure that at least the front legs of your furniture are on the rug and that there’s about 3 inches of rug behind the front furniture legs. Another general rule of thumb is to leave at least 6 and no more than 18 inches of bare floor between the edge of the rug and the walls.
  • Furniture Placement If your furniture is floating or arranged in the center of the room, opt for a larger rug that accommodates all pieces. This creates a cohesive look and defines the living area.
  • Need some help visualizing the placement of your rug? Our designers often recommend grabbing some blue painters tape to tape out the corners of some standard rug sizes to test what will work best. 

Dining Room

A rug in the dining room should be large enough to accommodate both the table and chairs, even when they are pulled out. Consider these tips:

  • Measure the Table  Start by measuring your dining table and add at least 24-36 inches to the width and length to prevent chairs from catching on the edge when pulled out.
  • Shape of the Rug  Round or square rugs work well under round tables, while rectangular or oval rugs are suitable for rectangular tables.


Rugs in the bedroom add a layer of comfort and style. Depending on the bedroom layout, consider the following:

  • Under the Bed  For a rug under the bed, opt for a size that extends at least 18-24 inches beyond each side of the bed. This creates a soft landing for your feet when you get out of bed.
  • Multiple Rugs  In larger bedrooms, you might consider using multiple rugs. You can place smaller rugs on either side of the bed or at the foot of the bed, or layer a couple of different rugs to add interest and texture. 

Hallways and Entryways

Hallways and entryways are high-traffic areas and require rugs that fit the space but allow for easy movement.

  • Runner Rugs  In hallways, opt for runner rugs that fit the length and leave an equal amount of space on either side. In entryways, consider a larger rug that accommodates the space without looking cramped.

Home Office

For a home office, a rug can delineate the workspace and add warmth. Consider the size in relation to your desk and seating area.

  • Desk Area  The rug should be large enough that your chair comfortably sits on it, even when pushed back from the desk.

Remember, while these guidelines offer a starting point, personal preferences and the specific layout of your rooms also play a crucial role in choosing the right rug size for your home. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for your space, ensuring both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Ultimately, the right rug size can truly elevate the look and feel of any room in your home.

Shop the semi-annual rug event this weekend to find your own, one-of-a-kind hand-knotted rug. Keep in mind that, because these are hand made, sizes may vary slightly. Our design team is on hand to help you 

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