What are Standard Rug Sizes?

XV-04 from Xavier by Loloi

Regardless of where you buy area rugs, the standard sizes are usually the same. Small rugs are usually less than 5′, medium rugs measure between 5’1″-8’6″, and large rugs are between 8’7″-12′.

If you need to cover a large area, like a basement or open living room, choose an extra large rug that measures more than 12′.  Runners are long, narrow rugs used in hallways, entryways, kitchens or spaces where there’s lots of foot traffic.

The most common rug sizes are 3’x5′, 5’x8‘, 8’x10′, 9’x12′ and 12’x15′.

Let’s look at how different-sized rugs can complement the furniture and decor in each room of your house. We’ll also look at how to measure floors and determine the right size rugs for the set-up in your home.

Large Rugs

XV-03 from Xavier by Loloi

Large rugs usually measure 8’x10′, 9’x12′, or more. These large rugs help define the style of the room. In an open space, large rugs can also define an area. The rugs help set a specific room design and cordons off the space for a specific use.

Medium Rugs

JV-03 from Javari by Loloi

Medium rugs-sized 5’x8′ and 6’x9′ let you work out multiple designs in a given area. You may not find them in most dining rooms, but they are common in apartments. These “in-between” rugs can help configure a table towards a window or wall. By pushing the dining area to the window, you’ll maximize natural light and save on electricity during the day. You can also use them near doors and entranceways.

Small Rugs

Hand Woven Rigo Jute Rug from Natura Jute by NuLoom

Rugs measuring 4’x6′ and smaller will look great in bathrooms or near the kitchen sink. You can use them on patios, by your front or back door, or in a bedroom with bare hardwood floors.

Choose the right size and shape for your room to define the area and bring out your personality (or the room’s design scheme.)

Living Room Rug Size Options

GX-02 from Giselle by Loloi

Use a 5’x8′ to 6’x9′ rug for small living rooms. Place the rug in front of your sofa, with the fabric resting two or three inches in front of the furniture. You can also place your armchairs and sofa so the front legs are on the rug. When you place an area rug under a coffee table, make sure the rug is large enough to hold all the table legs.

Large living rooms or dens need rugs that measure between 8′ and 10′. It’s fine to place the front legs of your sofa or other furniture on top of the rug. You can also put the sofa or other pieces on top of the entire rug, with all four furniture legs resting on the rug. Create a border for the space by leaving 18″-24″ on all four sides.

Do you have furniture “floating” in the middle of your room?  If so, use a rug that’s 9’x12′ or larger. Put all the “floating furniture” on the rug, and make sure the pieces are evenly spaced.  Sofa, chairs, tables or other furniture should sit completely on the rug. Leave between 12″ and 18″ of floor space free on all four sides.

Use large round rugs as a centerpiece in a bright, airy living room, and place plants or accent pieces on them.

Dining Room Rug Sizes

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Find a round or rectangular rug that can hold all the legs of your dining room chairs. All the chair legs should rest on the rug, even when they are pulled out from beneath the table. An 8’x10′ rug is the most common size, but you can use a larger one.

Bedroom Rugs Sizes

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You have several options for rug placement in a bedroom. Make sure the longer side of the rug is parallel with the headboard. The bed’s front legs should be on top of the rug, and you should be able to see the floor on all sides. The foot of the bed must appear halfway across the rug for a balanced look.

Another option is to put all bedroom furniture on top of the rug. You can also place an 8’x10′ rug so that only the nightstands and head of the bed are on the bare floor. There should be 20″ of bare space on both sides of the bed.

Measuring Rugs

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When you buy rugs online, each rug’s measurements are clearly indicated. Some rug designs are available in many different shapes and sizes.

Determine how a rug will look in your room by using masking tape to form a border on the floor. Keep 18″ of floor around the area to indicate the layout and show pathways. If you have a small bedroom, leave 8″ instead of 18″. Always give yourself 2″ of leeway so you don’t choose the wrong size rug. Consider a larger rug size and its borders when measuring for an outdoor rug.

Look at the tape borders and decide what size rug is appropriate for the area. Buy the rug size that is closest to the tape border size. When the rug you want is out of your budget, you can either find a smaller version or compromise on material or weave quality.

Your area rug needs to be close to the size of your sofa and/or seating area. Avoid an unbalanced-looking room with a rug that’s at least 1′ wider than your sofa/seating area on both sides. Follow the seating placement of your existing furniture to determine the setup, instead of putting your rug in the center of your room,

Use a rug that follows the shape of your room to make the area appear larger. You’ll create visual flow, especially if you have large furniture or a sectional not placed against a wall.

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