What size rugs should I get?

size rugs

Rugs come in different sizes and have different purposes. There are rugs for almost every area of your home, including kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor spaces. While a rug can look fantastic as the centrepiece to a living area, this is not the only place that you can use a rug. Your entire home will benefit from having rugs in different rooms, and because of this, you will need to purchase rugs of different sizes.

Rugs that are too small

Generally speaking, most people purchase rugs that are too small. This is usually because they are cheaper and they are trying to save money. While you can certainly shop for rugs on a budget, remember that you may be very disappointed with your purchase, if you finally place your rug in your home and it is too small.

A small rug in a large space will look insignificant. If you purchased it to make a statement, the effect will be lost. If you are using a rug to frame a space, it will not achieve this successfully. If you want a rug for comfort under your feet, you will only feel the floor underneath if the rug does not stretch far enough to meet your needs.

When you go rug shopping, consider buying a rug that is slightly less in quality, but that is larger. You will be more pleased with a rug that is actually the size that you need it, than a rug that is high in quality but that looks insignificant in a small room.

One solution if you have a rug that is too small, is layering. If you already have a small rug, that you absolutely love, try placing a larger rug underneath it to fill the required space. You might select a plain flatweave rug in a neutral colour and design. Layering is a positive solution for small size rugs that you have in your possession already.

Measuring your space

Ideally you will measure your living space and choose a rug that best fits the area that you need to fill. If you have a living area, you can either have a very large rug and place your furniture on top of it, or have a medium sized rug and have your furniture placed just off the edges of it.

If you have multiple pieces of furniture in your room, such as lounges and chairs, ensure that all of them are either placed on top of the rug, or all of them are placed off of the rug. Avoid placing some of them on top of the rug, and some of them off, as this will not look overly appealing. The only exception to this rule is if you have a coffee table placed in the centre of the rug, and other chairs placed around it.

Long rooms

Some rugs are made for hallways and narrow rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. For spaces that are long, you will need long rugs. Remember that rugs come in different dimensions, and you can even get hallway runners that are specifically shaped for this purpose. Avoid placing a square or wide rug, in a space that is not shaped the same. Smaller and or longer rugs should be used in these rooms.

Choosing the right rug

Measure the space that you want to fill with a tape measure, and select a rug that fits the right dimensions. Remember that choosing a rug that is the right size and shape, will contribute to you being more satisfied with your purchase.


Rug Size Guide

This Rug Size Guide summary is developed by RugSpot to help you choose the right rug.

How Do I choose the right Size?

The size of the rug will depend on the room and the way you’d like to set it.

Living Room – Consider the rug in relation to the furniture around it as it will affect what parts of the rug you will be able see. There are three to fit a rug in a room.

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Dining Room – For dining room you’d want to have the rug that covers the table and the chairs.  The rug needs to be big enough so that the chairs are pulled in and out on the rug. To do this you need to measure the length and width of the table.

Next pull out a chair as if you are going to sit on it and measure the distance between the back of the chair and the table.  Double up this distance and add it to both length and width of the table to get an approximate size for the rug you’ll need.


Dining Table –  Length 2.00 Meter, Width 1.0 Meter

Chair and the distance allowed for sitting on it, say 0.75 Meter

 Approx Rug –    Length 2.00+2 x0.75 = 3.50 Meters, Width 1.0+0.75×2 = 2.50 Metres

 Tip: If your rug is too narrow or too short, chairs legs will fall off the rug and you’ll have difficulty pushing the chair back towards the table. Repeating this may also scratch your floor.

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Bedroom – There are three room setting

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Below are the approximate rug sizes and with potential room settings.

Dimensions (Cm)     Size                     Suitable Area

120 x 170 Cm                   Small                   Coffee table, children room, Entry area

160 x 230                          Medium             2-3 Seater Sofa

200 x 290                         Large                   3 Seater Sofa, or 4-6 seater dining table

240×330                           X Large               2 x 3 Seater Sofa or 8 seater dining table

380×390                           XX Large           Large Rooms, 10-12 seater dining table

80 x 300                           Short Runner   Short Hallway

80x 400                            Med. Runner    Medium Hallway

80x by Meter                   Long Runner    Very long Hallway See Runners Guide