How to Select the Right Rug Size

As one of the most important components to a well-designed space, we’ve dedicated quite a bit of content to rug selection here on the blog. Not only have we shared interviews with two of our favorite rug vendors, Georgia of Passerine Home and the team at Coral and Hive, but we also put together A Designer’s Guide to Rug Construction earlier this year.

We promised to expand on our rug content with a post all about sizing, and today we’re delivering. Our team is going to walk you through how to select the right rug size for your space, with a visual guide specific to living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms.

They say the right rug can make or break a space, and in our opinion, it all comes down to size.

Design & Image via Galerie Provenance


One of the most common design mistakes we see is homeowners selecting a rug that’s too small for their living room. We understand that a larger rug size means a larger investment, but it’s so important to get the sizing right on the foundational layer of your space.

In living rooms, we always try to get at least the two legs of furniture on the rug. But be sure to note that it’s unnecessary to get the entire piece of furniture on the rug. In fact, we often prefer not to! Another rule of thumb for our team? We try to make sure there are at least 6 inches of rug on either side of the furniture for plenty of visual breathing room.

In our layout images below, we’ve modeled spaces with both a 7-foot sofa and an 8-foot sofa. Take a look, and you’ll quickly see how the sofa's length impacts the rug size needed.


For bedroom design, we like to have the rug pulled from the nightstands anywhere between 6 to 18 inches. We also prefer to have the rug extend at least 12 inches beyond the bed. This ensures there’s enough space for the bed lay on the rug without feeling too squeezed or tight. Keep in mind that a typical rug size for a queen bed is an 8x10, while a king bed often requires a 9x12.

If you have wall-to-wall carpet in your bedroom, we still recommend adding a rug to your space. Try layering a flat-weave or thinner rug on top of the carpet for a more seamless look.


Selecting a dining room rug size is a fairly straightforward formula. Ideally, we like to have 6 inches of rug behind each chair to make sure a chair can be pulled out without sliding off the rug. Again, this also adds more visual balance to the space and, of course, provides better function.


Rug stains are inevitable, especially in higher traffic areas like dining rooms and living rooms. The key is getting rug stains treated right away to extend the look and life of your rug. In addition, we always recommend our clients use a high-quality rug pad. A good pad keeps your rug from sliding, ensures you get more years of use, and makes the rug even more comfortable underfoot. In case you’re in the market, we particularly love this eco-friendly option!


For more rug-centric design content, be sure to check out A Designer’s Guide to Rug Construction and Our Favorite Etsy Shops for Rugs + Textiles.

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