What is area rug

An area rug is a type of rug that covers only a part of the floor, unlike wall-to-wall carpeting which covers the entire floor . Area rugs are versatile, customizable pieces that can be customized to fit specific home or interior design needs. They are lightweight and portable, making them easy to move between rooms. They are often used as functional pieces in homes, dividing spaces into zones and grouping furniture together. They are particularly popular in open-plan living areas to define spaces and highlight their purpose. Area rugs also have a sound dampening effect, reducing noise in the space. They are more than just decorative items; they offer numerous benefits.

Importance of choosing the right size for your area rug

The right size of an area rug is crucial for enhancing the overall look and feel of your space. A rug too small can make the room feel cold, while a rug too large can make it feel smaller. A right-sized rug brings warmth and balance, creating the perfect finishing touch.

Factors to consider when determining the size of your area rug

1- Room size: The size of your room is an important factor to consider when choosing an area rug. A larger room requires a larger rug, while a smaller room requires a smaller rug.

2- Furniture placement: The placement of your furniture is another important factor to consider. In a living room, the rug should be large enough to fit all the furniture on it. If that’s not possible, at least the front legs of the furniture should be on the rug. In a dining room, the rug should be large enough to accommodate the table and chairs, even when they are pulled out. In a bedroom, the rug should be large enough to extend beyond the bed on all sides. In a hallway, the rug should be long enough to cover the length of the hallway and wide enough to allow for foot traffic.

3- Rug shape: The shape of your rug is also important. Rectangular rugs are the most common shape, but you can also choose from round, square, and oval rugs.

4- Personal preference: Ultimately, the size of your rug should be based on your personal preference. Choose a rug that you love and that fits your style and taste.

Small Area Rugs

Small area rugs are available in various shapes, sizes, and colors. They are perfect for adding a splash of personality or warmth in a compact powder room, sitting under the sink, toilet, or shower in a small bathroom, or even for use in a double vanity

Benefits of using small area rugs

Small area rugs are a great way to add warmth, texture, color, and style to any room. They are also a great way to protect your flooring by providing a barrier between your bare feet and cold floors . 

Here are some benefits of using small area rugs:

1- Protects your floors: Floors are prone to damage from heavy items, furniture, pet claws, and sharp objects which can cause scratches to your floor. Small area rugs absorb these forces and protect your floors.

2- Noise reduction: Small area rugs have a sound dampening effect and they significantly reduce noise in your space.

3- Comfort: Small area rugs provide a soft and comfortable surface underfoot.

4- Anchors furniture: Small area rugs help anchor furniture in place, preventing it from sliding around on hard floors .

5- Easier to clean: Small area rugs are easier to clean than wall-to-wall carpeting. You can simply pick them up and shake them out or vacuum them.

6- Allergies: Small area rugs can help reduce allergies by trapping dust and allergens in their fibers.

7- Warms up your space: Small area rugs add warmth to your space, making it feel cozy and inviting

Common sizes for small area rugs

Small area rugs are available in various shapes and sizes. The most common sizes for small area rugs are:

  • 2’ x 3’: This size is perfect for adding a splash of personality or warmth in a compact powder room, sitting under the sink, toilet, or shower in a small bathroom, or even for use in a double vanity 1.
  • 3’ x 5’: This size is great for small nooks, alcoves, as an accent piece, large hallways, entrance foyers, and lobbies 2.
  • 4’ x 6’: This size is ideal for small living rooms, bedrooms, and under compact dining tables 23.
  • 5’ x 8’: This size is perfect for centering under the coffee table in the living room or underneath a small-sized 6-person dining table 2.
  • 6’ x 9’: This size is great for compact dining tables, living rooms, and under beds 2.
  • 8’ x 10’: This size is perfect for accenting king and queen-sized beds, the focal point of the living room, or under an 8-person dining table 2.
  • 9’ x 12’: This size is ideal for beds, large living rooms, and dining rooms with medium to large-sized furniture 2.


Please note that these are just general guidelines and the size of your rug should be based on your personal preference and the specific needs of your space.

Medium Area Rugs

Medium area rugs are a great way to add warmth, texture, color, and style to any room. They are perfect for centering under the coffee table in the living room or underneath a small-sized 6-person dining table

Advantages of medium-sized area rugs

Medium-sized area rugs provide warmth, texture, color, and style to any room, complementing existing decor. Ideal for small living rooms, offices, or under queen-sized beds, they balance functionality and visual impact, making them ideal for centering under coffee or dining tables.


Standard sizes for medium area rugs

Medium-sized rugs are great for small living rooms, offices, or under the foot of a queen-sized bed 2. They are perfect for centering under the coffee table in the living room or underneath a small-sized 6-person dining table 2. Medium-sized area rugs strike a balance between functionality and visual impact.

The most common sizes for medium area rugs are between 5’1" to 8’6" on their longer side.

Large Area Rugs

Large area rugs are a great way to add warmth, texture, color, and style to any room. They define spaces within a room, providing structure and complementing existing decor. Large area rugs are perfect for spacious rooms, providing both comfort, style, and sophistication

Reasons to choose a large area rug

  • Creates an illusion of a larger space in the room
  • Ensures consistent flooring temperature and comfort underfoot
  • Minimizes echo and noise in spacious interiors
  • Anchors furniture arrangements in open-plan layouts

Popular dimensions for large area rugs

  • 9' x 12'
  • 10' x 14'
  • 12' x 15' or larger

Dining Room Area Rugs

How to select the perfect size for a dining room area rug

Measure the dining table and add 24-30 inches on all sides- Ensure chairs remain on the rug when pulled out- Opt for a rug that complements the shape of the table- Leave at least 18 inches of bare floor around the rug's edge

Tips for positioning the area rug in the dining room

Center the rug under the dining table- Align rug and table to the room's shape- Avoid placing the rug too close to other furniture - Secure the rug with a non-slip pad for safety

Living Room Area Rugs

Choosing the ideal size for a living room area rug

Measure the living room and define the seating area- Aim for a rug size that accommodates all main furniture- Balance the rug size with the room's dimensions- Consider the walking paths to ensure easy movement.

Arranging furniture around the area rug

Front legs of furniture should be on the rug, at minimum- Center the rug to the main seating arrangement- Ensure the rug anchors the space without overwhelming it- Use the rug to define areas within an open plan space.

Bedroom Area Rugs

Importance of a properly sized area rug in the bedroom

A properly sized rug adds comfort and warmth underfoot- Enhances the room's aesthetics by complementing existing decor- Defines the sleeping area and can help muffle sound

Recommended sizes for bedroom area rugs

For a twin or full bed, a 5'x8' rug is often sufficient- Queen beds pair well with 6'x9' rugs- King beds may require larger rugs, such as 8'x10' or 9'x12'

Outdoor Area Rugs

Considerations when selecting the size of an outdoor area rug

Space size and furniture layout dictate the rug's dimensions- Should accommodate outdoor seating with room to navigate- Consider exposure to elements; durability is key

Standard dimensions for outdoor area rugs

Smaller spaces can use 3'x5' to 4'x6' or 5'x7' sizes- Average patios may fit 5'x8' to 6'x9'- Large areas might require 8'x10', 9'x12', or even larger rugs