What size?… Where??

One of the most common mistakes I see in room design is having the wrong size area rug.  Let’s face it…it can be confusing.  You purchase a rug, bring it into your space, and yet something isn’t quite right after you’ve laid it down.  Before long, the excitement over your new rug purchase turns into a puzzled head tilt.  Have no fear!  I’m going to give you the simplest tips and your rug worries will be history.

The Dining Room

It’s as easy as this – your rug must fit under the entire table as well as all the chairs in the dining position.  Dining position = comfortably pulled out while diners are enjoying their Turducken twice a year.

Size Guide:

Depending on how deep chairs are in Dining Room.

-6’ round table = 10’ square rug or 9’-10’ round rug

-8’-9’ long rectangular table = 9’x13’ rug


Living/Family Room:

Here’s a common error: a room with too small of a rug.  Contrary to popular belief, the rug should be larger than the coffee table.  Let’s think of a rug like the glue that holds a space together.  Generally speaking, a living/family room is used for conversing AND everyone viewing TV (of course!).  That means everything (furniture and folks) need to a part of the gathering.  Follow these general rules:

1.The front legs of all seating should be on the area rug.

2.There should be at least 2 feet between said furniture for walkways.

3.Tables should be all on or all off the rug. You don’t want wobbly tables.  If this is unavoidable, make sure your two front legs are on and your rug isn’t too thick.

Size Guide:

Depending on size of furniture.

-Sofa, sofa chair (or additional sofa/love seat), and 2 accent chairs = 9’x12’ rug or 10’x14’

-Sofa and one or two accent chairs = 8’x10’ rug


Breakfast Room:

There is widespread debate (ok, probably only in the magical world of design…) as to whether or not a breakfast table should be accompanied by an area rug.  I must admit, I am a food-friendly rug kind of girl in here but I understand if it’s just not your cup of tea.  If you decide to add a pop of color and floor comfort to your breakfast room then my suggestion is to follow similar rules used in the dining room.  The rug needs to be large enough to fit under the entire table along with all chairs when diners are sitting.  Eat-in kitchens aren’t usually the most spacious, so be careful not to have a rug so large that it spills into your walkway.

Size Guide:

Depending on how deep chairs are in Breakfast Area.

-3’x6’ table = 6’6×9’ rug

-4’ round table = 7’ round rug


Foyer Rug:

The foyer is the first space a visitor sees when entering your home.  It is the perfect spot to wow them with your impeccable taste (while catching their unwanted dirt before entering!).  This area is often overlooked.  Don’t drop a tiny accent rug down at the door but rather fill the space appropriately.  Treat your entranceway with as much thought and care as the other rooms in your house.  And always remember – don’t skimp on size!

 Size Guide:

Depending on size of entryway.

-8’ wide grand foyer = 4’x6’ rug near doors or 5’ round area rug farther in (imagine a round pedestal table on said area rug…ooohh…ahhh!)

-5’ wide foyer = 3’x5’

-Anything smaller = 2’x3’ rug is appropriate.


Master Bedroom:

The bedroom is all about textiles: decadent draperies, cozy bedding, and a stunning area rug to tickle your toes every morning.  Your rug should fill the space without being wall to wall like carpet.  Use your bed to anchor the rug and it will flow naturally down into your walkway.

Size Guide:

King bed (as shown above) – 8’x10’ rug

Queen bed – 6’x9’ or 8’x10’ rug

Full or Twin – 5’x8’ rug

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