Ultimate Guide to Choose the Right Rug Size

Ultimate Guide to Choose the Right Rug Size

Carpets are one of the most basic ways to create a warm environment in our home. In the past, especially hand-woven rugs provided heat insulation by hanging them on the walls. Today, we still give a sense of warmth in home decorations with the help of carpets. At the same time, it is seen that carpets are still included in wall decorations with different styles.

In choosing a carpet, its harmony with the furniture is essential to complete the decoration, and at the same time, you should make choices that are compatible with your style. After choosing the furniture and curtains, it is better to choose the carpet. The purpose of the rug you will use is also fundamental. In the room, you can choose carpets that will fit perfectly, make them disappear on the floor, or use patterned rugs to create the focal point.

Tips For Carpet Measurement

  • Measuring the area where the carpet will be used twice will eliminate mistakes.
  • Determine in advance whether the carpet will go under the seats and how much you want it to overflow from furniture such as dining tables and beds.
  • Go for the sizes that are readily available in the market. Determining a specific size will reduce your color and model options.
  • Finally, before purchasing the vintage carpet, you can lay the exact size of newspaper on the floor as the carpet and have an idea about how it will measure.

Most used carpet sizes

4 Square Meter Rugs

  • 150x230 cm
  • 160x230 cm
  • 170x240 cm
  • 160x240 cm

6 Square Meter Rugs

  • 200x300 cm
  • 190x280 cm
  • 190x290 cm
  • 180x280 cm

Bedroom rugs

  • 80x300 cm
  • 100x300 cm
  • 80x250 cm
  • 80x150 cm


  • 80x300 cm
  • 100x300 cm
  • 80x250 cm
  • 80x200 cm

Placing Your Vintage Rug Correctly 

Step 1: Measure Your Room 

The first thing you need to do before shopping for carpet is to draw a measured sketch of the rooms where you will buy carpets, with all the indentations and protrusions. We recommend that you do this step meticulously to avoid negative surprises later, such as; 

  • a small, dysfunctional rug floating in the middle of the room 
  • a too large rug with the ends curling up against the wall.

Step 2: Measure the Furnished Area

If you are going to buy a carpet for a furnished room such as a living room, bedroom, dining room, we recommend that you add the dimensions of the area covered by the furniture to your sketch. It is also best to tuck the carpet under the furniture to prevent the rug from slipping. 

If you buy a rug for a free furniture area that is not against the wall, it is ideal that the carpet is large enough to cover your furniture. However, in smaller rooms with backing furniture, wall boundaries must be considered.

Step 3: Decide on the Shape of the Rug

Round carpets may be preferred in the doorway and huge areas. However, they can be very useful in rooms where the walls are crooked, in areas you want to highlight or separate (children's playground in the living room, etc.). 

Under the round dining table, it is undoubtedly the coolest option.

Step 4: Decide on the Placement of the Carpet

It is essential to place the carpet according to the furniture, but you should not completely ignore the shape and size of your room. Carpets should be placed in proportion to the room. 

Long carpets should be placed lengthwise in the room. Also, for your carpet to look good, it must cover a particular floor area. 

Carpets should not rest against the wall, and there should not be too much floor space in the open.

For Living Room

The halls where we host our guests should always look stylish and beautiful. Apart from the sofa set or coffee table, carpets also play a big role in decoration. 

  1. First of all, when choosing a rug for your living room, it is necessary to pay attention to the existing space and the location of the furniture. 
  2. The second issue is the style of decoration. For example, if you buy a classic carpet for a living room decorated in a modern style, it will be incompatible. 
  3. In short, when choosing a living room carpet, many criteria such as the size of the room, furniture, decoration style are taken into consideration. 

According to the size of the living room;

Large Living Rooms

  • Usually, for an open living room, people choose an extra-large rug that measures more than 12′ or a large rug that measures 8’x10′, 9’x12′. These large rugs highlight the style of the room as well as the area. The standard setup with these rugs has most of all furniture legs on the rug. Therefore, it defines the area and trying to highlight a cohesive design.  In addition, it helps to cordon off the space for a specific use, as it separates it from the rest of the room. 

Small Living Rooms 

  • A smaller version, 6'x9' rug, can also be used for a living room decoration. However, it works best in an 11'x13' or smaller-sized living room. In this way, it can leave out some of the flooring bordering the rug on each side. 
  • Also, a 5'x8' rug would make a perfect fit for a small living room, which could be put underneath the coffee table, or in front of a fireplace with two comfy chairs sitting entirely on the rug. This could create a wonderfully cozy atmosphere while watching the snow.

Essential tips about placing rugs in Living Room 

  • If you want your living room to look much larger than it is, you should choose a large carpet.
  • If you have a small room, at least adjust the carpet to fit into the seat legs.

For Dining Room

The dining room has high traffic of people, furniture and basically food. For this reason, you may be wondering if carpet should be laid under the dining table. We would be answering as “yes” to this question. 

However, when choosing a carpet under the dining table, you should be careful to select a material that is resistant to friction and will not snag on the chair. 

When measuring the carpet, it is advised to add to the length and width of the dining table a minimum of 120 cm. This will provide the necessary 60cm space around the table to easily pull the chairs and remain on the rug. Hence, you would let the dining chairs sit entirely on the rug all the time. 

According to the dining table;

1. If your table is large that has 8 or more chairs

    • you would need a 9'x12' rug since it offers enough room for all chairs to be on the rug even when pushed back. 

2. For a smaller table that has 6 chairs, 

    • best choice for you would be a 8'x10' rug
    • In this way, you would have enough space on all sides to pull the dining chairs back and stay on the rug. 

3. For tables which have 4 chairs,

    • the best rug, which is 8' round, would be the best fit. 

Essential tips about placing rugs in Dining Room

  • The shape of your dining table is also an essential detail in choosing a carpet; if you have a round table, it would be right to choose your carpet in the same way. 
  • However, this situation is proportional to the width of the space. Hence, the size of the table must be calculated. 
  • Depending on the situation, a square or rectangular carpet can be preferred under the round table.
  • The measurements should be taken when the dining table and chairs are in the open position; that is, the carpet should end 25 cm outside the back legs of the chairs.
  • The carpet should not be placed away from the chair legs or just to cover the chair's front legs. Even if the chairs are pulled, you should choose a wide enough carpet to stay under the chair. 

For Bedrooms

If you want maximum comfort in your bedroom, you should use as wide a bedroom rug as possible. A perfectly sized rug can make the bedroom feel warm and cozy. Your bedroom and your bed size are the two things that you need to care about while selecting a rug for a bedroom. For example, if a large rug is over your budget, using a bedside rug on both sides of your bed is also a good alternative. For a nursery with two single beds, you can place a single rug between the two beds. 

One of the things that you need to pay attention to when taking the size of the bedroom carpet is that you should leave a distance of at least 15 and at most 45 cm between the carpet and the wall.

- If you have King size bed;

    • A 9'x12' rug would be the most suitable. The rug would fit almost entirely under the bed and nightstands. Also, it would leave about some cm of soft rug around the bed.

- If you have a Queen size bed;

    • An 8'x10' rug would be the most suitable as it would cover the bed and nightstands.  Also, a 6'x9' rug would give an 18" border on each side.

- If you have a doubled-sized bed;

    • The 6'x9' rug would sit nicely. Also, you could use two 3'x5' rugs on the sides of the bed.

- If you have a twin bed;

    • Three sizes of the rug are recommended. An 8'x10', 6'x9', or 5'x7' would be suitable for your room, as it will leave space all around the bed. On the other hand, two 3'x5' rugs or maybe even smaller would fit perfectly on the sides of the bed.

- If you have two twin beds on the sides of the bedroom;

    • You can place a 3'x5' rug between the beds. In addition, a 2.5'x7' or 2.5'x10' runner rug can also be placed on the middle or sides of two twin beds.

Essential tips about placing rugs in bedrooms 

  • The carpet should start 10-15 cm away from the front legs of the nightstands, and it should come forward by 45-50 cm from the foot of the bed. 
  • For the foot distance from the right and left of the bed, it is ideal to go out by 35-45 cm.
  • If you have a huge bedroom, you can put the carpet from the head of the bed to zero to the wall. If a pouf or bench-style furniture is used at the end of the bed, the measurement should be taken so that it is 50 cm in front of it.
  • When taking the size of the bedroom carpet, you should leave a distance of at least 15-20 cm and at most 45-50 cm between the carpet and the wall. In this way, you will have a bedroom that is both comfortable and spacious.
  • For single bedrooms, the carpet should be positioned under the bed, where you can place the carpet transversely. For the bed against the wall, the carpet can start from the side of the bed.

For Kitchen

If you place a rug in front of the sink, it would be the most functional place for you. The kitchen sink is typically centered on a wall with cabinetry adjacent. Hence, you could place it centered on the sink regardless of your kitchen size by choosing the rug that fits flooring and cabinetry. 

- If you have a large kitchen (200 square ft.)

    • A 9'x12', 8'x10', or a 6'x9' sized rugs would be the best options. If you have a kitchen island, which separates the kitchen into two, placing a 5'x7', 3'x5' could be more suitable. Or even a runner rug on either side of the island could bring the two parts together. 

- If you have a medium-sized kitchen (100-200 square ft.)

    • Placing a 5'x7', 3'x5' or a runner, which will be centered in front of the sink, could be the best choice.

- If you have a small-sized kitchen (70 square ft. or less)

    • A small rug, which has a 2'x3' rug or 3'x5', in front of the sink could be the best choice for your tiny kitchen. 

- If you have an open kitchen like a long galley-style (at least 10 ft. long)

    • A runner rug will be the best option if you place it along the sink side of the kitchen. 

For Hallways

Runner rugs are usually placed in a hallway or a long space on the floor. For example, in front of a fireplace, shelves, or a passageway from the living area to an adjacent room are perfect for runners. 2'x10 runners are lovely for these places. 

Sizes Of Corridor Runway Carpet

  • 80x300 cm
  • 100x300 cm
  • 80x250 cm
  • 80x200 cm

An important tip for placing rugs in hallways

  • It is ideal to have a gap of 15 cm between the hallway carpet and the wall. 
  • You can choose it for a very long runner or use it as a piece runner. 
  • If the area at the entrance door is large enough, you can choose from the round-style carpet models.
  • You should pay attention to the use of non-slip rugs in the corridors and door entrances.
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