Choosing the best rug size for your-Room
September 7, 2020

Choosing the Best Rug Size for Your Room: Décor Guide by Mat The Basics

Choosing a rug for your customer’s space is similar to buying a pair of shoes. No matter how well dressed up you are, or what luxury accessories you carry, the wrong shoes can ruin it all. Imagine yourself nicely dressed for a party with a matching set of accessories and a well-set hairstyle but sports shoes on your feet. Wait, what about wearing a pair of wrong sized sports shoes. Can it get worse?

Selecting Rug’s best color and pattern decide how a room will look, but the right size will complement the overall look. There is no standard rule to describe rug’s correct size, but it solely depends on the objective of placing a rug in the room. A new Area Rug can be a focal point or an accent to any room, depending upon the size and placement. Hence the size of a rug is significant as it can make or break a room.

With our expert Designers’ help, we are listing some details on how they use different sizes of rugs and what design aesthetics they follow. This article may guide you to choose the Best Rug Size for your décor and use the standard rules of rug décor to do some creative rule-breaking. This guide will help a designer or architect in understanding rug as a part of décor even more. 

Different Rug Sizes:

Area Rugs come in different sizes, and selecting a size for your room depends on many factors like Room Size, Furniture Size, Placement of Rug, Orientation of Rug, etc. Some basic Rug Sizes readily available for buying rugs online are

  • 4’ X 6’
  • 5’ X 8’
  • 6’ X 9’
  • 8’ X 10’
  • 9’ X 12’
  • 10’ X 14’
  • 12’ X 18’
  • 20’ X 20’
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Living Room:

Before shopping for an area Rug online for a living room, you must consider the furniture size and list down the possible layout options using the rugs. If you have an open plan for the living room or a defined space, the rug size will be different for both the setup. Let’s see what all sizes of rugs can be used for your living room:

9’ X 12’ Rug:

A large-sized area rug allows you to place all the furniture’s legs on the Rug, bringing together all the room elements and leaving only a few inches of flooring around the Rug that looks like the border.

8’ X 10’: Area Rug:

An 8’ X 10’ Rug is perfect for a large living room or an open plan living area. It allows you to place the furniture’s front legs on the Rug with back legs off, creating a conversational space in the living room. It opens up the area around the table, giving an excellent surface to walk upon.

6’ X 9’: Area Rug:

A 6’ X 9’ Rug is ideal for a small-sized living room. With only two legs of the chair on the Rug and the sofa completely off, it defines a perfect conversation area in the living room.

5’ X 7’: Area Rug:

Ideal for a small living room, only a coffee table is placed on the Rug with all other furniture surrounding it. It can also be used near a fireplace where two chairs are arranged on the Rug.

3’ X 5’: Area Rug:

A 3’ X 5’ Rug can add a welcoming texture to the entrance of a living room.

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Dining Room:

Rugs for Dining Room are ideally placed in the center, beneath the dining table. The table and chairs are placed completely on the rug in such a manner that enough space is available to pull the chair out and still be having the rug underneath the chairs. Your Rug should be at least 24 inches extended from all sides of the table.

8’ X 10’: Area Rugs

Best for the large dining arrangement of eight chairs, it leaves enough space on all the sides for placing chairs on the rug. Chairs can be moved easily in and out with a good amount of space between two chairs. If the dining area is large, leave a few inches of the floor around the rug to anchor the space.

For the arrangement of six chairs, a rectangular rug will leave about 30 inches on all sides between the rug and the wall to frame the space.

Round Shaped Rug is also popular for the arrangement of a table with six chairs. Round shaped rug unifies the entire dining area and complements the arrangement.

6’ X 9’: Area Rugs

A table of four is easy to place on this rug with the option of choosing either a rectangular or round shaped Rug. Enough space on all sides of the table allows you to easily float the arrangement of tables and chairs.


A perfect rug for the bedroom depends on the size of the bed and the room. You can try the various rug sizes and different placement of the rug depending on where the bed is placed.

King Size Bed:

9’ X 12’ Rug size works best for the king-size bed which has nightstands on each side. It lays completely under the bed leaving 2 feet of the rug on each side to give a soft and cozy surface for the feet as one walks out of the bed in morning. 

Queen Size Bed:

9’ X 12’ and 8’ X 10’, both rug sizes provide enough space to step on the rug. With this arrangement, you can also place an end-of-bed bench for extra seating.

Queen Size with Round Rug:

8 Feet Round Rug fits nicely under the queen-size bed. It adds a stylish touch and comfort to land on any side of the bed.

Single Bed:

Rugs of Sizes 6’ X 9’ or 5’ X 7’ are fit for the single bed, leaving enough space all around the bed. You can also use two smaller Rugs of 3’ X 5’ on both sides of the bed.

Twin Bed:

Placing a 3’ X 5’ Rug between two single beds is a great option. You can also place a runner rug between the two beds.


Rugs Runner is used at a place with a long stretch of floor. It can be used in a passageway of your home, in the kitchen, or in front of the fireplace. It comes in different sizes of 2.5’ X 7’, 2.5’ X 10’, 3’ X 5’, 5’ X 7’, and adds dimension to the narrow spaces of your room.

Mat The Basics offers customized sizes in addition to the standard sizes, making it easier for you to do the décor, as the unusual sizes can be provided to you in a variety of styles, patterns, materials, and weaves.

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