How to Choose the Best Rug Size and Placement

Rug Size Guide

Rugs. They have the ability to completely transform a room, yet they’re often one of the last things you consider when shopping for furniture and accessories. Not to mention, it’s difficult to make a decision with so many different shapes and sizes to choose from. We’re here to help! It’s our goal to assist you in finding the best rug for your style and budget. With this rug size guide, you’ll be a rug expert in no time!

If you want to test these rug placements in your own home layouts, try the Hm Room Planner! It’s easy to use and adjusts to the dimensions of any home. We even used it below to help you visualize the best rug placements.

Common Rug Sizes


Standard Rug Size Minimum Room Size Price Range Shop
3′ X 5′ 5′ X 7′ $49.99 – $199.99
5′ X 8′ 7′ X 10′ $49.99 – $1169.99
8′ X 10′ 10′ X 12′ $139.99 – $2499.99
9′ X 12′ 11′ X 14′ $289.99 – $2499.99
10′ X 13′ 12′ X 15′ $339.99 – $3039.99
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Living Room Rug Sizes

The biggest question to ask yourself when putting a rug in your living room is whether it should go under or in front of the sofa. The decision is totally up to you, but regardless of which you choose, be sure the length is as long or longer than the sofa.

Coffee Table On

Small Rug Living Room Layout

Common Rug Size: 5′ X 8′

The “coffee table on” arrangement looks great if you have a coffee table (and also if you don’t). This option is known as cost-efficient because it utilizes small rugs. It defines the living space and helps separate it from the rest of the room, giving the room a sense of community.

Front Legs On

Medium Rug Living Room Layout

Common Rug Size: 8′ X 10′

The “front legs on” arrangement works well in open-concept homes. This look is a great way to feature rugs that brings color and pattern into the room. You’ll love the cohesive look that this design brings your room without having to splurge on a room-size rug.

All Legs On

Large Rug Living Room Layout

Common Rug Size: 9′ X 12’+

The “all legs on” arrangement is a great way to make a large room feel cozy. This layout is common with rooms that are not carpeted, where the rug softens the room.

Bedroom Rug Sizes

All Furniture On

Large Rug Bedroom Layout

Common Rug Size: 9′ X 12′

This bedroom rug arrangement is ideal for large bedrooms or bedrooms with hardwood floors. The large rug easily warms up the space and ties the look together.

Bed On

Medium Rug Bedroom Layout

Common Rug Size: 8′ X 10′ or 5′ X 8′

This look is great for those who want to bring color and style into their room with a rug but don’t have the budget for a 9′ x 12′ rug. This look works well in apartments and small spaces.

Runners Beside

Small Rug Bedroom Layout

Common Rug Size: 2′ X 8′

Using runners on either side of the bed is a great way to create the same appearance as a full-size 9′ x 12′ rug, while only purchasing two relatively small rugs. This option is great for those who enjoy a balanced look in their bedroom.

Dining Rug Sizes

Contrasting Shapes

Contrasting Rug Layout

Looking for a bold dining room look? Pairing a square or rectangular dining table with a round rug creates contrast that draws the eye. This look is great if you have a statement piece that you’re looking to highlight!.

You can also flip this look and pair a square or rectangular rug with a round table. The choice is yours!

Matching Shapes

Matching Rug Layout

This a go-to dining room rug design. Rectangular tables look great with complementary rectangular rugs beneath them. You can’t go wrong with this look. You could  even spice it up with a bold pattern.

When buying a rug for you dining room, be sure to have at least 24 inches of extra space around the entire perimeter of the table.


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