How to Choose the Right Rug for Your Space

There are a few pieces that have the ability to define and anchor a room like a rug can. Whether it’s bringing a pop of color, a fun pattern, or a feeling of coziness, a rug can add a lot of dynamic to your room. Knowing how to find the right rug for your space can be difficult. To help you get started we put together several tips on finding the right one.

Rug Size

Your rug needs to add to the space, not overwhelm or make the space feel unbalanced. Here are a few tips for each room:

Living Room: in a large living room that has a grouped floating seating area your rug should contain all your furniture, front and back legs, with space around. Whereas if your sofa is against the wall you only need to make sure that only the front legs of the sofa and neighboring armchairs are on the rug.

Small Living Room: 6 x 9 rug | Medium Living Room: 8 x 10 | Large Living Room” 9 x 12

Bedroom: when placing under a bed, the rug should extend out at least 12” on every side of the bed, except the headboard. If you have a bench at the end of your bed then the rug should extend at least 12” bast that.

King Bed: 9 x 12 rug | Queen: 8 x 10 rug | Full: 6 x 9 rug | Twin: 2.5 x 6 rug

Dining Room: choose a rug that will extend 24”-30” beyond the edge of the table so that it fits your dining chairs even when they are pulled out.

Halls or Kitchens: Leave about 6” of space between the edge of the rug and the edge of your wall or cabinets.


Rug Material

When choosing a material, you want to be cognizant of the amount of traffic that the space gets as that will help determine the material.

Living Room: these are high-traffic areas so you should use a low-pile rug in a durable material such as wool or jute. If you are wanting something softer and plush you can layer a smaller accent rug in specific area such as in front of your special chair or in front of the fireplace.

Bedroom: because of the lower traffic, this is the room you want to go for soft a plush so think shag bled or hand-tufted.

Dining Room: another high-traffic area so you should use a low-pile rug. Also, a low-pile rug wont rap crumbs and snag when trying to move a chair.

Halls or Kitchens: you want to use materials that are less likely to absorb spills such as natural fibers and indoor-outdoor rug.


Other Rug Buying Tips:

  • You should consider using a rug pad under your rug to prevent it from slipping and will give more padding under your feet. Your pad should be about 1” less than the size of your rug or you can find a rug with a pad already built in.
  • Before purchasing a rug, tape off the size in your home so you can get a feel of the space and if the size will work.
  • When looking for a style find a rug that has color that are already incorporated into your space or a neutral tone that will compliment what you have.


If you need help choosing a rug for your space. Stop in and let our on-staff interior designer help! We have several samples in our showroom that you can see and feel the quality. Hope to see you soon!

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