How to Choose the Right Size Rug

How to Choose the right size Rug for Your Living Room


What is the right size rug for your living room?

So many times I walk into a house and I don’t want to pick out decorating issues but I can’t help it! The first thing I generally notice (aside from curtains being hung at the wrong height) is if the rug is too small for the room. It typically isn’t too large for the room, I usually see a rug that’s just too puny for the space!

Below you will find a couple examples on what to do in a SQUARE room and a long vertical space along with indicators on how to fill out the space best.

Generally speaking, a good rule of thumb: If your rug takes up less than 50% of the room, it’s too small!

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE RUG IN A SQUARE ROOM

Square Room Rug Sizes

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  • You may use a square OR a rectangle rug for this space but be sure to get the ratios right!

  • If you use a square, leave approx 1-2’ around the border of the room with the rug centered in the space.

  • The rug should be under at least the front legs of all sofas/ loveseats, NOT a couple of inches in front of them.

  • 8 out of 10 times the rug you fall in love with will not come in a square size. Making due with a rectangle rug in a square space is not a problem! Simply tuck the longer side under the sofa or loveseat more so it feels balanced in the space and achieves the square look.

  • Leave 1-2’ between the edge of the rug and the wall on all sizes except the longer area that is “hidden” under the sofa/loveseat.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE RUG IN A RECTANGULAR ROOM

RECTANGULAR Room Rug Sizes


When placing the rug with large furniture, choose a rug that will extend farther past the outside of the sectional or sofa. This will make the space feel more grounded and in turn- more cozy.
When placing the rug with large furniture, choose a rug that will extend farther past the outside of the sectional or sofa. This will make the space feel more grounded and in turn- more cozy.
When placing the rug with large furniture, choose a rug that will extend farther past the outside of the sectional or sofa. This will make the space feel more grounded and in turn- more cozy.
  • When placing the rug with large furniture, choose a rug that will extend farther past the outside of the sectional or sofa. This will make the space feel more grounded and in turn- more cozy.

  • When placing the rug with large furniture, choose a rug that will extend farther past the outside of the sectional or sofa. This will make the space feel more grounded and in turn- more cozy.


The “Nearly Square” Space

Layering Rugs in an almost square room!


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  • Use a larger rug that takes up almost all of the room (like in the examples above). Use a smaller rug in the center. The center rug can be 50 to 85% the size of the center rug.

  • If you choose to use an organically shaped rug like a sheepskin or hide, center it in the middle and allow the top rug to take up about 50% of the surface area of the larger rug beneath it.

  • If you use a rectangle layered top rug, you should have the top rug come to about 1-2’ inside the perimeter of the large rug. This will leave a “border” frame exposing the neutral bottom rug. You can use a patterned top rug on a low pile natural fiber bottom rug.

  • In a “nearly square” space where one side of the room is just a few feet longer than the other, the best option is to use a standard rectangle rug like a 6x9’, 8x10’ or 11x14’

  • Layer a textured (real or faux) Sheepskin or hide rug in the center of the space over a neutral rug.

  • Use a large natural fiber rug or flat weave with a subtle pattern to the center of the space.

  • If you have sofas and chairs in the room position the front feet tucked slightly under the rug or with the rug just in front of them.

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