Relative Size

Relative Size | Rug Size | The Right Size

I know from personal experience how daunting it can be to find THE rug for your living room. Not many are affordable (we found some, don’t worry), and returning them is a pain. But it’s the main piece in your living room so it needs to look right. 

GENERAL RULES:

Typical living room rug sizes are 8’x10′ and 9’x12′.

Make sure your rug is at least 6″ wider (8″ is ideal) than your sofa on both sides.

Typically run the rug the length of the sofa. Give 30″ to 36″ of a walkway between large furniture pieces (if your living room allows for it) if not then at least 18″-24″. That will help to inform your rug size.

If you have a large enough room and want all of your conversational pieces on your rug (i.e. sofa, accent chairs, coffee table, etc.) then make sure you give yourself around 8″ from the edge of your furniture to the edge of your rug. This way your furniture won’t look like it’s a child getting dangerously close to the edge of the subway platform.

Consider the 8″ point your official yellow line. Bigger is Better A few inches can make all the difference between the rug pulling the room together or making it feel disjointed. Opting for the larger option, especially if you're choosing between sizes, will prove that it is worth the extra expense every time.

Read the Room When choosing rug size and orientation, make sure it is proportional to space (large rooms = large rugs), and placed to echo its dimensions (long room = orient lengthwise).

Visualize the Final Look Use painter's tape to mock the rug placement before you buy. This trade secret is an easy way to check that you have the right fit from every vantage point.

Rug Sizing by Room To find the right rug sizes for your home, consider the size of each room and the room's furniture groupings – measuring the room and the furniture as a first step. Then choose a rug layout from the common options below.

Living Room Your living room shape, not just the furniture, should dictate the rug size and orientation to make the space look larger and feel connected. There are three main layouts: all furniture legs resting on the rug, just the front legs on the rug, or all furniture – except for the coffee table – of the rug. If you choose a layout with the sofa on the rug, the rug should extend at least 6" on each side for proper scale.

This layout, which requires the largest rug, is the best choice for anchoring a living room within an open-concept space or for any furniture grouping that floats (has no furniture against a wall). Placing all furniture on the rug will unify the pieces and create a defined seating area. This versatile option works especially 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!)

For a cohesive look, choose a rug size that allows for only the front legs of every piece of furniture in the grouping to be on the rug. Perfect for small or narrow spaces, this layout plays off the room's scale to make it feel larger. To get the proportions right, base the rug size on the interior dimensions of your seating area – and not just the coffee table – so it fills the negative space created by your furniture grouping. We recommend sticking with all legs on the rug for this room – for safety's sake. The rug should extend at least 24", and no more than 36", beyond all sides of the table, so chairs can sit on a flat surface, even when they are pushed back. Don't forget to account for extendable leaves, if your table has them.

Bedroom As the focal point of the room, your bed should also be the base for rug placement. Not only will this further define space, but will also give your feet a soft spot to land each morning. This all-inclusive layout extends beyond the bed to its accompanying furniture, like nightstands or a bench – but does not include bedroom pieces along other walls, like dressers. We recommend having the rug extend at least 18" – 24" past the edge of your bed. If you can, do not allow the rug to encroach upon any main walkways.

Frame your bed with this popular option, which doesn't quite extend up to your nightstands, but still allows for 18" – 24" of room on the sides and past the foot of the bed. For a symmetrical finish, an 8x10 rug is best for queen beds and a 9x12 for a king. This flexible choice works for spaces and beds of all sizes – and is a great option if two sides of the bed sit against a wall. Scale matters for this look: The runner shouldn't extend beyond the bed itself, but should be a bit wider than your nightstand.

Kitchen Runner A well-placed runner can visually extend the space, whether you have a galley kitchen or a large island. The rug in front of the Sink For U-shaped layouts, a small rug in front of the sink centers the space nicely.

Hallway Runners are the go-to choice for corridors. It's best not to clutter these narrow thoroughfares, so leave all furniture legs off the rug in this space.

Entry Let the shape of the space dictate the choice of round, rectangular, or runner, and use the width of your front door as a baseline for how wide the rug should be. Check the pile height to ensure your door will clear the rug when it’s opened.

 

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