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Rug Sizes for Your Space
Whether it's large area rugs or small accent ones, choosing the perfect rug can literally be a matter of inches. The right size rug can unify your decor and make your rooms feel put together. This guide provides styling advice on choosing the right size area rugs. Learn how to place the right size rug in your home for the best effect and function.
Always let the size of the space inform the size of the rug you choose. When purchasing a room-size rug, select the rug first. Next, select the complementary furniture, drapes and other decor. Large rugs can dominate a room. It’s important that the rest of the room coordinate well to achieve a pleasing and balanced look. Smaller rugs function more as accent pieces. Select them to match existing decor.
Tip: Choose the rug material based on the room it will be in. Use durable rugs in high traffic areas such as hallways and dining rooms.
Living room rugs are often the most prominent home decor accessories. A common size for a living room rug is 9' x 12'. However, the size of the rug you select depends on both your furniture arrangement and the size of the room.
Room-size rugs look best with a floating furniture arrangement. Pull the furnishings away from the wall and let them rest entirely on the rug surface. If you prefer to have the furniture hug the wall, consider using a 6' x 9' or 8' x 10' rug. Arrange the seating where the front legs rest on the rug. Place a coffee table or ottoman in the center.
Bedroom rugs do more than upgrade the look of the room. They warm up the room's interior to give the space a cozy feel. They also provide a comfortable place for your feet when you rise or retire.
The right size bedroom rug frames the bed. Which dimensions work best will depend on your preferred placement and the size of the room. A budget-friendly alternative to one large full rug is to use one or two runners alongside the bed. This works especially well in a bedroom where the bed is located against the wall or you have a king- or California king-sized bed.
If you’d like to unify the bed and nightstands, an 8' x 10' or 9' x 12' rug is a good choice. This size rug should provide full coverage. This means it will align the top edge of the rug with the headboard and place the nightstands on top of the rug. If you want a more open feel, place the nightstands and top one-third of the bed over a bare floor. The right size rug in this case can be an 8' x 10' rug, or try a smaller 6' x 9' rug instead. Make sure it is oriented perpendicular to the bed.
Dining room rugs make a nice frame for dining sets. The right size rug will be large enough to fit the table and all four legs of each chair. This should be the case even when the chairs are pushed back from the table. This also helps ensure the chair legs won’t scratch the floor surface.
Scale the rug to the space. A 9' x 12' rug will easily accommodate most 7-piece dining sets. In a small apartment, use a rug that’s proportionate. For example, a bistro set used for dining may work well with 4' or 6' round rug that mimics the set's silhouette.
In most rooms, the rug frames the furnishings. In hallways and entryways, the rug is the central focus. The most popular layout for these types of spaces is to align any furnishings along one wall and place the rug down the center. There should be a minimum of six inches of floor space visible around the rug.
A hallway or entry rug can be flanked with furniture as well. Be sure the rug you choose is narrow enough to leave clearance at the sides, so no furnishings are resting on the rug.
Runner rugs are long, narrow rugs. They are ideal for hallways and areas where you want to define traffic flow. Most runner sizes are 8' or 12' long. They are usually three feet wide or less. The most common runner dimensions are 6' x 8' and 3' x 12'.
An improperly sized rug in a kitchen, bath or laundry room can be a hazard. If the bath rug is too small, water from the tub can run over onto the floor. If a laundry rug is too large, the rug might not lie flat and present a tripping hazard.
An average home bathroom can usually accommodate rug dimensions of 17 inches to 21 inches wide and 24 inches to 34 inches long. Measure both the entire room and the open floor space to determine the best rug size and shape.
Kitchen rugs can add warmth and style. Some kitchen rugs or mats are designed to provide comfort when standing. In small kitchens with a fair amount of traffic, choose a single small area rug placed in front of the sink. In a galley kitchen or laundry room, use a runner down the middle. Choose a size that leaves bare floor on either side of the rug.
Tip: Rug pads are a safety essential in baths, laundry rooms or kitchens. They hold the rug firmly in place on a tile, vinyl or hardwood kitchen floor. Make sure to use a rug pad that is also resistant to mold and mildew.
Rectangle rugs are the most popular shape of standard area rugs. They work well in living rooms, bedrooms, entryways or home offices. Rectangle rugs can be used as full room rugs or as small accent rugs to define a special area. For example, a 3' x 5' rug can look great in front of a sink or in a reading nook. Here are the most common rectangle rug sizes:
- 3’ x 5’
- 4’ x 6’
- 5’ x 8’
- 6’ x 9’
- 7 1/2’ x 9 1/2’
- 8’ x 10’
- 9’ x 12’
- 10’ x 13’
- 12’ x 15’
Round rugs or oval rugs provide a functional accent in bedrooms, dining rooms and entryways. They also help delineate an area. They come in 4', 6', 8' and 10' diameters. Oval rugs are also available in 9' dimensions.
A shaped rug makes a statement in any room. In the right size, a shaped rug adds both function and artistic personality.
- Octagon rugs can give a vintage or modern feel to an area. They are especially eye-catching in foyers and living rooms. Octagon rugs come in 4', 6' and 8' shapes.
- Square rugs work well in large rooms and help define seating areas. They also work beautifully in square rooms. Square rugs come in 4' x 4', 6' x 6', 8' x 8' and 10' x 10'.
- Hearth or semi-circle rugs are types of scatter rugs. These rugs are small and often come in striking patterns. Hearth rugs come in 2' x 4', 3' x 5' or 4' x 6' sizes.
Area rugs come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The most common area rug is rectangular in shape and 8' x 10'. An area rug will anchor your space and make it look more unified. The right choice for your room may literally be just a few inches larger or smaller than you think. Ready to buy the right size rug? Find products fast with image search in The Home Depot Mobile App. Snap a picture of an item you like and we’ll show you similar products.