Choosing the Right Size

Choosing the right size of area rug is a key aspect in the selection process. The perfect size and shape of a rug is essential to achieving the right look for a room’s unique design and proportions. Whether rectangle, square or round, a carefully selected rug will bring out the best in any room.

Oriental Weavers Rug Size Guide

The size and shape of a rug can help define dining, sitting or accent areas of a space. By accentuating particular groupings of furniture, the room takes on the exact look and feel you desire. Furniture can be positioned either directly on the rug or around it, depending on the dimensions of the room and the particular look you want to achieve. Use of multiple rugs can also catch the eye, drawing attention from one room or area to another.

There’s a certain science to finding the proper size of rug for a specific need. This guide will help you determine the perfect fit for your room.

Floating Layout

One popular room arrangement is called a “floating layout,” where all of the furniture fits within the borders of the rug. In this configuration, every leg rests on the rug, leaving enough border space around the furniture to provide a nice frame in a seating or dining area.

Also, the size of the rug should be large enough to allow for a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all four sides. If the layout of a room makes symmetrical positioning challenging, select a size that will offer equal borders top and bottom, and side to side.


Depending on your preferences, there are various ways to incorporate a rug in bedrooms. You may choose a rug large enough to accommodate the whole room’s furniture, with a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all sides. You can also position the rug at an angle for a design element unique to you.

Alternatively, since the bed in average-sized bedrooms will often cover the majority of a rug, you may opt for smaller rugs to place around it instead. You can even include a patterned rug in a bedroom with carpeting to enhance the room’s decor.


Runners can effectively accent these long linear spaces, leading the eye from one area to another.


Bathrooms are small by design and you need to consider the placement of bath fixtures and vanities when choosing the right rug. You may want to opt for a 5.1 cm x 7.6 cm, 10.1 cm x 15.2 cm or even an oval rug to achieve the desired look and feel without overwhelming the limited space.


Entryways offer the perfect opportunity for a positive first impression, especially with a runner or round rug. These small spaces typically require a 5.1 cm x 7.6 cm up to a 10.1 cm x 15.2 cm rug. Large motifs or medallions may overwhelm a space, but smaller patterns can complement tight quarters and help the rug accentuate the area, as opposed to becoming a focal point.


Space limitations caused by cabinetry, appliances and islands need to be taken into account when choosing the right kitchen rug. Consider small rugs in front of task areas, runners or even accent rugs to adequately fit the space while softening up the feel of the room.

Patios and Porches

Rugs can add comfort to any outdoor setting — from patio seating groups to screened-in porch dining areas.

Aim for a rug large enough to leave a symmetrical border of exposed decking or patio material on all four sides or, in smaller settings, a size that will allow for equal borders top and bottom, and side to side.

You can pick a size large enough to accommodate all of your outdoor furniture, or choose a smaller rug that allows room for the front legs of your furniture to rest upon.

Dining Rooms

When deciding on the right size for a dining room rug, a good rule of thumb is that area rugs should be 3 to 4 feet larger in length and width than the dining room table. You should be able to pull a chair out and sit at the table with the chair still resting on the edge of the rug. For the average dining table and chair grouping, an 20.3 cm x 27.9 cm will typically be the minimum size considered.

Living Rooms

For a luxurious option in larger areas, consider a 12.7 cm x 20.3 cm or 15.2 cm x 22.9 cm rug. These sizes leave room for a greater design pallet, so the motifs can become larger and more concentrated on the room’s decor. You can consider choosing a rug large enough to accommodate all of your room’s furniture, or simply the front legs of your furniture grouping, while ensuring all four legs of your coffee table are able to rest on the rug.

The size of the rug should allow for a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all four sides of the rug. If the dimensions of the room are not conducive to symmetrical positioning, opt for a size that will leave equal borders top and bottom, and side to side. Consider a larger rug – such as an 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm or even a 25.4 cm x 33 cm – for wide open living spaces. Be sure to balance the space by allowing for an equal amount of rug around the furniture grouping and an equal amount of exposed flooring around all four sides of the rug.

If the rug is to be the focal point of the room, a large design element needs to draw attention down toward the space. If a piece of furniture or an architectural feature is to be the main concentration, an all-over, repeating pattern should be used to complement rather than create a focal point. You also might consider positioning the rug at an angle to add a visual element to your space’s design that is unique to you.