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Choosing the right size rug doesn’t just depend on the size of the room. You also need to account for what furniture is in the space too. I’m breaking it down room by room and sharing do’s and don’ts along the way.
For me, there’s almost nothing worse than a “floating rug” that is too small for the space. My number 1 ‘rule’ is all the front legs of any furniture need to be on the rug, especially in open concept spaces. It keeps everything feeling cozy and intentional, and the rug acts as an anchor to the space. In our living room I layered a 9×12 on top of a 12×15 rug. I did this for a few reasons: 1- adding 2 layers makes the rug softer so no need for a rug pad. 2- for me, the more layers and textures in a space, the better. 3- the larger rug helps to ground the entire space while the smaller rug makes it more affordable to switch out the top layer more often since you don’t have to purchase such a large rug.
In the dining room I recommend choosing a rug that is large enough that all of the dining chair legs stay on the rug, even when the chairs are pushed back. This will make the room feel more spacious because it gives your furniture room to “breathe” instead of feeling cramped. If your dining room is on the smaller size I recommend leaving at least 6″ of flooring showing between the edge of the rug and the wall. You don’t want your rug to go wall-to-wall.
In bedrooms I usually like to choose rug size based off of the size of the bed. However, you can also choose to go oversized if you want to cover old floors or carpet. Just remember to keep the rug at least 6″ from the wall. Generally I like to use a 9×12 under a king sized bed, an 8×10 under a queen or full, and a 6×9 under a twin. I always recommend erring on the side of too big vs too small.
In the kitchen I think there is more freedom when choosing the size of your rug since you’re likely using a runner. If the kitchen has an island, I usually prefer to get a size close to the length of the island. I don’t mind if it is a little longer or shorter.
For outdoor spaces I tend to look at them the same way I would a living room or dining room since that’s usually how you’re using an outdoor space. If it’s for an entry, it’s also fun to add a small rug under your door mat. Again, the more the merrier for me when it comes to adding layers and textures.
The right size rug can transform your space. This room-by-room guide will hopefully point you in the right direction as you search for a rug to add style and comfort to your home. For more design tips check here.