What Size Area Rug Do You Need?

Clients and readers often ask me what size area rug do they need for their space.  Of course, that all depends. Here are some tips to help you determine what size rug is best for your situation.

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“What size area rug do I need for my living room?”  

 

If you are wanting to cover as much of the flooring as possible (maybe you have bad carpet), then choose a rug size large enough so all the legs of your sofa and the facing chairs in your main conversation area sit on the rug (maybe 9×12 rug size or larger).  

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Otherwise, you may choose a rug size large enough that the front legs of the sofa and chairs sit on it, usually an 8×10 size rug. 

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Or, you may choose a 5×8 rug size – in that case, the rug should sit in front of the sofa and chairs with just the front leg or legs of the chairs sitting on it (no legs of the sofa on it).

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“What size area rug do I need for my dining room?”  

This is a place where you never want to use an undersized area rug – it’s better to go without an area rug in the dining room if the rug you have is too small.   Most dining room tables seat 6-10 people and have 6-8 chairs.  Not only does your area rug size need to be large enough for your table, but it also needs to extend far enough to where your chairs sit on it completely.  For most spaces, that means a 5×8 rug size is too small.  You will need an 8×10 or 9×12 rug size for under a typical dining room table.

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What shape rug, you ask?  If you have a rectangular table, use a rectangular shaped rug.  If you have a round table, use a square or round shaped rug.  If you have a square table, use a square shaped rug. 

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There are times when I veer off these guidelines, so you don’t need to think of them as strict rules.  If the area rug you love is too small for the space, you can layer it over a larger natural-fiber rug.  Any questions?

(Since publishing this article, I’ve written another about what size rug to use in bedrooms.)

 

 

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Cheryl
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Cheryl

If you want to make a small room look larger, do you use a larger rug and cover more of the floor or use a smaller rug so more of the floor is showing?  Thank you for this post.  It was practical and helpful!

Donna McBroom-Theriot
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Donna McBroom-Theriot

I'm glad to hear of so many options for the sofa/chair delimma. Helps so much as I am looking for a rug. We just purchased one for the dining room and glad to hear we nailed it. Thanks.

Eric Ross
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Great Minds must think alike!!  I just did a recent VIDEO blog on Rug Placement!  http://youtu.be/xzm7gARIfDs

What a relief, we didn't contradict one another!  Hat's off to my fellow Nashvillian!   

Best to you,

Eric

Elizabeth Ryskoski
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Elizabeth Ryskoski

Hi, my dining room table is 48" round and extends to 66" oval with an 18" leaf.  What shape rug do you recommend – rectangular, oval or round?  I typically leave the table extended.  Thanks!

Holly
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Our small dining room table is round and we have an oval or oblong rug in it and it looks great – just another option to add to the mix.  Great tips Kristie!

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great tips… and love the images.  One if my rooms has a large bed I could not find one rug that I liked in the right size…so I just brought 2 of the same rugs and it looked great.

Kelie
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Kelie

I am so happy to see this post.  I have a sectional sofa that is 96×96.  I plan to have a chair in the area as well as a cocktail table.  I am not sure if an 8×10 or 9×12 would work with the sofa being identical on each side.  This is in the family room at my beach house.  Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Cathy
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Cathy

I have a 48″ dining table and not sure if I should use a round or square rug. My house is more on the modern side and the room is very open to the family room and kitchen. I like very simple clean lines. Thanks for all ideas!

pat
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I have a corner fireplace in my living room and hardwood floors, the room is 17.5″ long and 15″ wide. I wanted to use a round rug; what size do I need in feet? Thanks for your help. Pat

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I have a corner fireplace in my living room and hardwood floors, the room is 17.5″ long and 15″ wide. I wanted to use a round rug; what size do I need in feet? Thanks for your help. Pat

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Leslie
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Leslie

Your post is so helpful, and the pictures are great. I hope you can help me! I’m using a dining room table as an office desk. It is 75Lx39.5Dx29.5H. There will be a credenza behind the desk that measures 79.5x29L.5Hx19.5DMy room is 14′ x 12.4′ What size rug do I need to “ground” the desk. There are hardwood floors in the room, and there are french doors into the room if that matters. Where does the rug get placed? In front of the desk, halfway under, all the way? Thank you so much for your advice!!

Geeva
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Geeva

Hi! Thanks for the information on rug placement. However, I still need to know if the dining room rug should be large enough that when the chairs are pulled out from the table (when the table is being used) they are still sitting on the rug.

Rebekah
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Rebekah

What size rug for a keeping room? The fireplace (with large tv over it) is not centered with the room and all rugs throw me off. I also had to cockeye the love seat so is the rug supposed to be centered with the fireplace or the couch? Blah

joanne
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joanne

Hi I have a lounge room that is not exactly square I have timber like flooring and would like to know the best size rug to use and maybe the style thankyou

joanne
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joanne

Also it is a combined lounge dinning area thankyou

Valerie
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Valerie

Great info! The rug in the first picture is beautiful; do you know the source?

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Gail
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Gail

Hi. I am purchasing an area rug for our dining room. The table is 42 x 64 closed. There are two leaves 20 inches each. However, I am concerned that if I take the leaves into consideration, the rug will be too large when the table is closed. (Which is how it will generally be) I am considering a rug that is 7’9″ x 9’9″ It also comes 8’6″ x 11’6″ . We taped the floor for both sizes and the larger rug seems too big for the table when it is closed. The room is 10’11” wide. It is… Read more »

Simon Fathers
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Simon Fathers

Hi Kristie I tried to find the rug in the first image on this post, I love it. But I can’t track it down, any idea where I can find out!?

Heather
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Heather

Hi, we have a small-medium sized living room with odd angles. The front wall has essentially a bay window design and we have a corner fire place on the opposite side of the room. Our seating area furniture is relatively small (70 inch couch, small round coffee table), and it sits against the two perpendicular walls. I have measured and a 5 x 8 rug would fit the front legs of the couch and chair and just frame the seating furniture. But then is are about 7 1/2 feet in front of the rug to the other wall, which has… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

Hello, I purchased the most beautiful Persian rug while in Dubai. It is a light cream shade with medium and light blue mixed it. Unfortunately, it is a little too small once we got it home and placed it underneath the dining room table. The chairs fit on top of the rug when they are pushed up to the table, but not when people are sitting at the table. We have cherry hardwood floors in the dining room. We do not use the dining room table that much…only for special occasions. Is there anything we can do? I absolutely love… Read more »

Ida
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Ida

Hi
I have beige marbled floors and a right L-shaped dark brown sofa with light coloured sofa cushions (length: 3m And the L shape with the ottoman at the end adds up to 1.8m). my coffee table and tv console are dark wood. What size and colour carpet should I consider? And should the carpet sit under the entire sofa?

Tana
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Tana

Hi, I was just hoping you could tell me what the name of the company is that makes the area rug in the first photo. The ivory one with the large gold or bronze pattern.

Thanks

Amllie
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Farah
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Farah

Hello! I have a dinning room table with the dimensions of L 72 * W 48 (L 108 * W 48 with leaves) I am thinking of getting a rug with the leaves. What size area rug should be best?

stef
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stef

Any idea where that grey geometric looking rug is from???? I LOVE IT!

Farah
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Farah

They are similar once at west elm and wsyfair.

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Carrie
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Carrie

Hi, I have. Round 48″ round breakfast table with 4 chairs that the width is 22″. It does come with a leaf that I may never use. My question is, can I get away with a round 6′ area rug or do I need to go with an 8′ to be sure all the chairs fit on the rug appropriately?

Raj
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Raj

Hello,
We are very confused about the size of the area rug to buy, We have a sectional sofa which is six feet by six feet. We are having hard time if we nees to buy a square size area rug or rectangular. The family room is 16 feet by 20 Feet. Any suggestions or advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

stacie p
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stacie p

I am wanting a rug in my office. Hardwoods. My desk is 5′ wide. Was thinking a 5×7. Is it wrong to have the desk the same length as the rug leaving no room on either side?

Katina
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Katina

Hi! How far should a rug be from a fireplace?

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Amanda
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Amanda

I am having a rug dilemma and could use some advise! Our living room is quite small and I am having a hard time finding a rug that would fit nicely in the space. There are a few problems: 1. We have a beautiful wooden inlay at the front door and I don’t want to cover it up. 5×8 covers part of it, and it doesn’t allow for all the furniture to touch the rug. 2. There is really only one way to organize the furniture due to the fireplace and stair case, and the couch and chairs (facing the… Read more »

Marion
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Marion

For under the dining table and chairs on hardwood floors, do the table and chairs completely go on the rug or do the back legs of the chairs “hang off” the rug? Is there a décor rule for this or is this a personal preference?

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I am struggling on whether or not to place a rug under the dining room table. The dining room is a pass through to enter the living room. In order to give 24″ inches on each side and ends of the table the rug will fall in the path entering the living room. I don’t want people to trip. What’s your suggestion?

Sharalynn
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Sharalynn

Hi Kristie! I love the area rug in the first photo of this blog entry. Can you tell me where it is available for purchase? Thank you!!

Galina
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Galina

Hi Sharalynn, I am also trying to find the first rug in the picture. Have you had any luck finding it?

Adel
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Adel

Hi, thank you so much for all of your great information! I still have one question, though…we have a cottage with one large living space (about 14×22) that is naturally separated by a pathway between the front door and the kitchen. One side has the sofa and love seat in front of a wood stove and the other side we have a small round table,36″, for playing games, crafts, etc. and a bookcase. Would you recommend the same rug on each side of the room or could I use two different rugs? I’m considering a 6′ square under the round… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

Hello If I have a dining room that is only 8.5 x 11 and I have a rectangular table that is 42 ‘x 64″ not expanded ( which it will mainly be ) What size area rug should I use?

Alicia
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Alicia

My daughters rooms are 10x 11. One has a crib and one has a full bed. What size area rugs should I buy to go over our new wood floors?

Susie
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We have a 48″ table with 4 chairs. A 6 ‘ rug would work with all the chairs sitting on it. When people are in the chairs, though, they would come off the rug. Could we pull this off or forget a rug? There is no room for a larger rug than 6’.
Thanks

Diane
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Diane

I am looking for a rug for our foyer which has a hardwood floor. It is 6.75′ x 13.75′. When you walk in through the front door you have a small living room and dining room on each side, which are carpeted. Just trying to get an idea of what rug size to use. Thanks!

Lisa Cooper
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Lisa Cooper

Could you address what to do if your dining table extends. I have a 7 foot table that extends to 11 feet. Do I really need a rug that is 15 feet long when most of the time the table is not used at 11 feet? Do you have a recommendation? Thank you.

savannah Ashby
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savannah Ashby

so the kitchen table that im buying is 4’8 inches long plus the chairs and the rug im really wanting is 5’2 by 8, is that going to be too small?

Spencer Cole
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Spencer Cole

Hey Kristie, if I have a room that is 10 1/2 by 12 with a table and its chair pulled out that’s 7 by 6 1/2 (square/rectangular). What size rug should I get? I was thinking 8 by 8.

Rebecca lazar
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Hi, Love your blog…..Thanks so much for this post! We just moved and in our previous home we had wall to wall carpet in the bedrooms; in the new place there is hardwood. We aren’t changing the furniture, so my son has a twin bed but his new bedroom is now 12×12 which is larger than his previous room. The placement of the window, door, bathroom door and closet made it difficult to place the bed anywhere other than against the wall lengthwise. He has a nightstand near it and a small desk at the foot of the bed (near… Read more »

kassie
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kassie

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I was looking for a rug that would fit under my new table that im waiting for it will be at my house Monday. the table is 42 by 70. what size rug would fit under ?