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Rug Size Guide

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Do you know how to size a rug for a whole room? Can you estimate appropriate shapes that contribute toward a cohesive look? You can add warmth with the right size.

Why are Standard Rug Sizes Important?

Putting the right size rug in your room can be the difference between a clearly defined and well-balanced space and chaos. Too small a rug under a dining room table, for instance, can make the entire dining room look too small and off-kilter. Generally, bigger is always better.

Other tips for sizing a room

• Measure the space
• Mark the area the rug will cover with masking tape or sheets of newspaper
• Keep an 18” border all around, between the rug and walls
• Larger rugs can make a room appear bigger

Average Rug Sizes and Shapes

rectangle rugs
Best Used In:
Living Rooms
Dining Rooms
Bedrooms
Entryways
Offices
Common Sizes Include:
3'x5'
4'x6'
5'x8'
6'x9'
8'x10'
9'x12'
10'x14'
12'x15'
square rugs
Best Used In:
Living Rooms
Dining Rooms
Kitchens
Common Sizes Include:
4'x4'
6'x6'
8'x8'
10'x10'
stair and hallway runners
Best Used In:
Bedrooms
Entryways
Hallways
Common Sizes Include:
2’6”x8’
2'6"x10'
3’x12’
round rugs
Best Used In:
Living Rooms
Dining Rooms
Entryways
Kitchens
Common Sizes Include:
4'x4'
6'x6'
8'x8'
10'x10'
oval rugs
Best Used In:
Living Rooms
Dining Rooms
Common Sizes Include:
6'x9'
8'x10'
octagon rugs
Best Used In:
Living Rooms
Dining Rooms
Entryways
Kitchens
Common Sizes Include:
4'x4'
6'x6'
8'x8'
10'x10'
Bedroom
bedroom scene
When selecting a rug for your bedroom there are a few factors to consider. You want to position the rug so that it covers the most floor space as possible around your bed. This is usually achieved by placing the rug horizontal under the bed so there is ample sections of rug on all edges of the bed.

We have provided sample layouts for the most common bed and rug size combinations below. Click each size to see examples.

 

Twin Beds
 2 twin beds on 9x12  twin bed on 9x12
Dual Twins on a 9x12
Shop 9x12's
Twin on a 9x12
Shop 9x12's
twin bed on 8x10 twin bed on 5x8
Twin on a 8x10
Shop 8x10's
Twin on a 5x8
Shop 5x8's

 

Full Beds
full on 10x14 full on 9x12
Full on 10x14
Shop 10x14's
Full on a 9x12
Shop 9x12's
full on 8x10 full on 5x8
Full 8x10
Shop 8x10's
Full on a 5x8
Shop 5x8's

 

Queen Beds
queen on 10x14 queen on 9x12
Queen on a 10x14
Shop 10x14's
Queen on a 9x12
Shop 9x12's
queen on 8x10 queen on 5x8
Queen on a 8x10
Shop 8x10's
Queen on a 5x8
Shop 5x8's

 

King Beds
10x14 9x12
King on 10x14
Shop 10x14's
King on a 9x12
Shop 9x12's
king on 8x10 king on 5x8
King 8x10
Shop 8x10's
King on a 5x8
Shop 5x8's

 

Living Room

living room
When it comes to your living room, there are three main sizes to consider; 5’ x 8’, 8’ x 10’, and 9’ x 12’. The main difference between the three being where your furniture sits in relationship to the rug. See examples below click each layout to shop that size. A few other things to keep in mind:
• If you have a fireplace, keep the rug at least 3 feet away
• If you have a large room and the furniture available, you may want to consider using multiple rugs to create individual seating areas.
5x8
5x8 layout
We suggest a 5x8 to go under a coffee table and to just have the front legs of your furniture on top of the rug. Good for rooms with a smaller seating area.
8x10
8x10 layout
We suggest with an 8x10 that at least half the depth of your furniture sits on the rug. Depending on room size you may want to pull the furniture in even more to the center of the rug.
9x12
9x12 layout
We suggest a 9x12 have all of your furniture sitting on top of it. This will make your room appear even bigger. You want to leave room for at least 18” around the rug on all sides for best results.
8x8 (Round)
8x8 layout
An 8x8 Round can be a good alternative if you have a room that is more square in shape where an 8x10 may look too large. Also if you have a round coffee table this will be a great option for that room. Position furniture just over the edge of the rug you don't want to hide too much of the surface area.
Dining Room

dining room
When shopping for a rug for under your dining room table, you want to make sure that your chairs will still be on the rug once they’re pulled away from the table. Normally this means adding 24” to each side of your table and selecting the next rug size up. See examples below.
8x10
8x10 layout
An 8x10 rug is a good size for a table that sits between 6-8 people. All chairs should be able to stay on the rug while sitting.
9x12
9x12 layout
An 9x12 rug is a good size for a table that sits between 6-8 people. All chairs will comfortably fit on the rug and you will have much more of the rug visible.
10x14
10x14 layout
An 10x14 rug is a good size for a table that sits between 8-12 people. This will give a similar look to a smaller table on a 9x12 with much of the rug visible.
8x8 (Round)
8x8 layout
An 8x8 Round is best used when you have a round table that sits between 4-8 people. Alternatively a table like this could also go on a 8x10 rectangle if you prefer an offset look.

Find Other Area Rug Size Charts At Carpet & Tile Mart

CarpetMart knows that home rug placement is crucial for comfort and interior design. Our family business takes pride in assisting customers with furnishing their houses or apartments. We can identify when to use a wall-to-wall carpet or a square rug. To find out more about what bedroom rugs are a good idea, reach out to us today. Carpet Mart will know which rug materials will best match your dining table. Learn what selections will make all the difference in high-traffic areas.