What Size Area Rug To Choose?

Posted on Oct 06, 2009.

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So you're interested in filling up a room with an area rug? Not a bad idea. But what is the first thing to look for in a rug? Size. Its not an exact science. The first step is to take a tape measure and measure the room space. The type of room and furniture placement must be taken into consideration as well.

Rugs can absorb sound, add warmth to your feet and protect your floors in high traffic areas. They can also be a beautiful focal point for the room that adds style to your office or home decor.

We suggest having an equal amount of flooring exposed on all sides of the room. Often, we notice rugs that are not the right size for the room or space, usually falling on the too small size. The following guidelines will assist you in not making this mistake!

Living Room

Usually 8x10 or 6x9 feet area rug brings together most furniture groupings nicely. Furniture over the rug can create a more intimate space. To make the room look larger, show the border of the rug around the rooms perimeter.

The furniture should be either completely on or off the rug, the exception being the sofa, where the back legs can be placed off the rug.

Dining Room

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In the dining area, the rug should be at least 4 feet longer and wider than the table. But again it depends, measure the length and width of the table.  There should be enough space for the chairs to be pulled out and still remain on the rug. Our general rules are the following:

4 chairs - 6x9 feet

6 chairs -8x10 feet

8 chairs - 9x12 feet

10 chairs - 10x14 feet

Bedroom

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You have two options for the bedroom (1) use one room size rug, most of which will be under the bed or (2) several rugs around the bed. If you go for option 1, it should be large enough so that one or two steps can be taken when getting out of bed.  We suggest an 8x10 feet  or several 3x5 or 4x6 feet rugs. Again it depends on the size of your bed.  It could be 9x12 or 10x14 feet.

Entry Way

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3x5 or 2x3 feet area rug is possible. Look out for the thickness of the pile, so that the door can open and close over the rug. Also consider the material of the rug in this space,  wool rugs can  handle high traffic areas.

Hallway/Stairs

stair case rug

Have at least 4 inches of floor showing on each side of the rug.

For long hallways, two 6 feet runners might work.  A 12 foot runner can also work.

If you have any more questions in regards to size the experienced staff at Indo Designer Rugs will be happy to assist you in finding the appropriate size rug for your space.

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