Rug guide

HOW TO MEASURE

BEDROOM

LIVING ROOM

DINING ROOM

HALLWAY

What Size Rug Is Best For Your Bedroom?

Finding the best area rug for your bedroom is easy with our simple guide. Plan to have about two feet of rug to step on beside your bed. Find your mattress size below, and check out our suggested floor plans.

KING SIZE BED

King size shown is 76″ wide x 80″long

Rug Size 9′ x 12′

This is the ideal size for a king-sized bed, with room for a pair of nightstands to sit on the rug.

Rug Size 8′ x 10′

This isn’t the best size for a King-sized bed, as it only leaves 18″ of rug showing on either side of the bed. Nightstands would have to be less than 18″ wide.

Rug Size 3′ x 5′, or 2’3″ x 6′ Runner

Use a 3×5 area rug, or a 6 foot runner, on each side of a King sized bed

QUEEN SIZE BED

Standard Queen Size is 60″wide x 80″ long

Rug Size 9′ x 12′

You’ll have 42″ of rug showing on either side of the Queen-sized bed, and room for a bench on the rug at the foot of the bed.

Rug Size 8′ x 10′

This is the ideal size for a Queen-sized bed – you’ll have about two feet of rug showing on either side of the bed. If you place the rug in front of the nightstands, you’ll be able to fit a settee on the rug at the foot of the bed

Rug Size 6′ x 9′

This is the minimum size rug that will fit under a Queen bed; you’ll have 24″ of rug showing on either side. Place the rug in front of the nightstands.

Rug Size 2′ x 3′, or 3′ x 5′

A 3×5 rug works best either side of your Queen-sized bed, but you can use 2×3 scatter rugs also.

TWIN SIZE BED

Standard Twin Beds are 39″ wide x 75″ long

Rug Size 8′ x 10′

An 8×10 rug will easily cover the floor underneath twin beds and the corridor in the center. You’ll have room at the foot of the bed for a small bench or trunk too.

Rug Size 5′ x 8′

If you have a room with one twin-sized bed, a 5×8 rug is a great size to warm up open floor space. This size doesn’t work with a pair of twin beds.

Rug Size 3′ x 5′

To soften the area between a pair of twin beds, use a 3×5 rug.

How to Measure For A Living Room Rug?

Whether you have a spacious, open-concept living room or a small city apartment, we have a perfectly-sized area rug for you. Our sample floor plans will help you find the rug that works best with your furniture.

 

Sofa

84″ x 38″

Armchair

38″ x 38″

Sectional

120″ x 96″

Sofa with chaise-end

90″ x 70″

Rug Size 10′ x 14′

Perfect for an open-concept great room. Create a seating area with a sofa, loveseat and chair, or a sectional. Furniture can fit entirely on the rug.

Rug Size 9′ x 12′

Ideal for a familyroom or open-concept great room. Create a seating area with a sofa and two chairs, a small sectional, or sofa with chaise. A sofa can fit entirely on the rug, but the back feet of standard armchairs will be off the rug.

Rug Size 8′ x 10′

A popular size for a typical living room. Create a seating area with a sofa and two chairs, or a sofa with a chaise end. A chaise-end sofa will fit entirely on the rug. A sofa may be partially off the rug, and standard armchairs will be halfway off the rug.

Rug Size 6′ x 9′

The right size for a small living room, a 6×9 works well for a sofa with a chaise end. A chaise-end sofa will be partly off the rug. A 6×9 area rug is not ideal with a sofa and chairs, as its small size makes the room feel smaller.

What Size Dining Room Rug Do You Need?

Choosing the right rug for your dining room is simple; all you need are a few measurements.

The length and width of your dining table

The width of table leaves, if any

The length and width of your dining room or area.

If you have a table that extends, measure your table’s size with the leaves in place. Make sure that your rug is 24″ larger than the table on all four sides, so your chairs will stay on the rug when everyone is seated. (If you rarely extend your table, you can buy a smaller rug, but your host and hostess chairs will sit off the rug when you put the leaves in.)

We’ve done the math and figured out the ideal rug size for the most common table sizes, so you won’t have to!

TABLE SIZE NUMBER OF SEATS MINIMUM RUG SIZE
42 x 60 4-6 7 x 9
42 x 72 6-8 8 x 10
42 x 90 8-10 9 x 12
42 x 108 19-12 10 x 14
42 x 126 12-14 10 x 14
36 x 60 4-6 7 x 9
36 x 72 6-8 7 x 10
36 x 90 8-10 7 x 12
42″ round 2-4 7.5 x 7.5
48″ round 4-6 8 x 8
54″ round 6-8 8.5 x 8.5
60″ round 8-9 9 x 9

 

 

We’ve also created some floor plans, to make it easy to see how your table and rug will work together

Rug Size 7′ x 9′

Table for 6, Table Size 36 x 72

Rug Size 8′ x 10′

Table for 6, Table Size 42 x 72

If you add a leaf to seat 8, your chairs will be off the rug. A 9×12 rug would be best if you often need to add leaves to the table.

Rug Size 9′ x 12′

Table for 8, Table Size 42 x 90

If you add a leaf to seat 10, your chairs will be off the rug at the ends. A 10 x 14 rug would be best if you have 10 or more guests often.

Rug Size 10′ x 14′

Table for 10, Table Size 42 x 108

Table for 12, Table Size 42 x 126

Table Size 54″ Round, add leaves for oval up to 126″

A 3×5 rug works best either side of your Queen-sized bed, but you can use 2 x 3 scatter rugs also.

Rug Size 8′ x 8′

Table for 6, Table Size 48″ Round

Rug Size 9′ x 9′

Table for 6, Table Size 54-60″ Round

How To Measure For A Hallway Rug

Before you choose your hallway rug or runner, you’ll want to collect a few measurements:

The width of your hallway

The length of your hallway

The distance between any doorways to other rooms

Since it’s important not to have the end of a runner land in the middle of a doorway, it helps to make a quick sketch of your hall and note all doorways and stairs.

Most hallways are 36″ wide, so a standard 2’3″ wide runner works perfectly, leaving a few inches of floor showing on either side. Ideally, your runner will be long enough to cover most of the length of your hallway. If you have hallway furniture, place the front feet on top of the runner

If you have an exterior door entering your hallway, use a small rug at the door to catch dirt being tracked in. This will protect your runner from heavy soil and wear. Make sure your runner is long enough to fully cross any doorways, so you don’t create a tripping hazard. Center your runner according to the architecture.

 

 

If you have a very long hallway, you can use
more than one runner – just pay attention to
doorways and openings when deciding what
sizes to order.

 

 

If you have a wide entry with a center hall and
stairway, choose a 3×5 or 4×6 area rug for in
front of the door, and a coordinating runner
for the adjoining hallway:

Rug Size 5′ x 8′

Choose this size for a small room with a small-scale sofa, or a bedroom seating area. A 5 x 8 area rug fits comfortably with a pair of chairs, and will cover the floor in front of a sofa with a chaise end.

Rug Size 5′ x 8′, Layered on Large Rug

Add a 5 x 8 area rug on top of a neutral 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 rug to add color and texture. The larger rug anchors the seating area.

Rug Size 8′ x 8′ or 9′ x 9′

Just the right size for a small den or seating area, a square rug is perfect for a loveseat and two standard armchairs, or a loveseat and recliner.

CONSTRUCTION

HAND KNOTTED

Created on traditional looms from wool and silk, hand-knotted rugs are the gold standard of rug quality and artisanship. Guided only by a simple sketch, rug makers create complex designs by hand, spending months and sometimes years on a single rug. The density of knots, quality of wool or silk, and intricacy of design combine to influence the value of a hand-knotted rug; no two rugs are alike. Originating in ancient Persia, handmade rugs have been produced in the Middle East and India for centuries. These durable works of art can last a lifetime.

TUFTED

Flat-woven area rugs are handmade on a loom, typically of wool or cotton. Skilled artisans use warp and weft construction, similar to weaving fabric, that creates a flat rug surface without knots. Kilim and dhurrie rugs are examples of flat-weave rugs. Geometric designs are common and they’re reversible, with a similar pattern on both sides. Tightly woven threads make these affordable rugs both durable and practical.

WOVEN

Hand-tufted rugs are made using a tufting tool to punch the wool yarn into a backing, instead of tying a knot. The tufts are trimmed to a uniform pile height, and the rug is backed with canvas and glue to anchor the pile for a durable finish. The thick pile may be more likely to shed, but it’s soft and sturdy at a reasonable price. Many tufted rugs also have designs hand-carved into the surface, adding dimension and texture.

MACHINE MADE

Using modern, efficient power looms, rugs can be produced in almost any pattern quickly and cheaply. Machine-made rugs are available in high-quality wool, natural fibers, or synthetics such as nylon or PET fiber. Their durable construction and large variety of sizes and shapes makes them a popular choice for today’s home. You’ll find an endless variety of designs including traditional Oriental rugs, modern or abstract patterns, diamonds, stripes, animal prints, and florals. If a hand-knotted carpet is beyond your budget, you’ll find machine-knotted versions of many patterns at much lower price points.

CARE

UNPACKING and PLACEMENT

Unwrap your rug immediately, unroll it, and allow it to air out. Some rugs may have temporary creases. To remove them, re-roll your rug opposite to the way it was packed, and leave it for a couple of days so the creases will relax.

Use a rug pad that’s an inch smaller than the size of your rug. Rug pads protect your rug’s structural fibers from wear.

If possible, avoid placing your rug in direct sunlight, which will fade the colors in your area rug over time. To avoid water stains, never put potted plants on your rug.

CARE AND CLEANING

Wool rugs may shed, especially when new. To help diminish shedding, vacuum your rug an extra couple of times a week at first.

Prolong the life and appearance of your area rug with regular vacuuming – weekly cleaning removes dirt and grit which will break down the fibers. When vacuuming a rug:

  • Turn off or raise the beater-bars on your vaccuum.
  • Do not vacuum rug fringe – use a broom to sweep it clean.
  • A carpet sweeper or lint roller will pick up any pet hair left behind.
  • High-traffic areas should be vacuumed more often.
  • If practical, vacuum the back of your rug a few times a year.

Spills and pet accidents should be blotted up immediately with a towel – never scrub. Place a large bowl under the area and rinse it through with cool water (add a splash of vinegar for a pet stain).

Professional cleaning every year or two is recommended to remove set-in soil in high traffic areas. Tell your rug cleaning professional about the construction of your rug and its fiber content. Save your rug’s label, or take a photo of it for your records.

Rotate your rug 2-3 times a year, to even out wear and fading, and give any marks from furniture a chance to recover. This is especially important if your room has a lot of sunlight, or a busy traffic area.

MATERIALS

SILK

Lustrous silk fibers can be dyed vibrant colors and woven into tiny knots to produce complex designs. Silk rugs are more expensive and less durable, but they’re prized for their elegant sheen – some collectors hang them on the wall, rather than walking on them. Silk fibers are often added to luxury wool rugs to accent the design; sometimes silk is blended with wool to create a more durable rug.

WOOL

Durable, sustainable, and naturally stain-resistant, wool rugs may have soft and thick pile or be thin and flat-woven.  The most expensive wool carpets and rugs are hand-knotted, and have the wool carded (or combed) an extra time to remove any short fibers, so the rug doesn’t shed.

Wool area rugs might be hand-knotted, hand-tufted, or machine-woven on a loom. Less-expensive rugs are sometimes backed with canvas for durability; they may also shed fibers at first. A traditional choice for high-traffic areas, wool rugs come in nearly unlimited patterns and colors. They clean easily and can last a lifetime.

VISCOSE

Viscose is a silky thread made from plant fibers that has a lustrous sheen. It’s far less expensive than silk, and is often mixed with other fibers to add a silky accent to a rug design. It will crush under heavily furniture and can easily absorb stains and spills, so it’s best for low traffic areas. Add the look of silk to a bedroom or hallway with a beautiful viscose rug.

SYNTHETIC

More affordable than natural fibers such as wool and silk, synthetic materials such as polyester, PET, and polypropylene are durable and soft under foot. They’re easy to clean with great color retention and make an excellent choice for family areas.  Synthetic fibers can be woven and printed to resemble high-end wool or silk, or made into soft and fluffy shag rugs. Nylon is a high-end fiber that’s often used in hotels and commercial spaces for its stain-resistance. PET fiber is an eco-friendly choice, made from recycled plastic bottles. Synthetic rugs are an affordable, practical choice for homes with pets.

NATURAL FIBER

Natural fiber rugs are environmentally friendly and affordable. Seagrass is the most durable and least absorbent, so it’s a good choice for living areas. Sisal and coir are durable and come in beautiful patterns, but they do absorb spills easily. Inexpensive jute is colorful, but it’s the least durable natural fiber.  Natural fiber rugs can be sealed to protect them from liquid spills, but they may not be the best choice for homes with toddlers and pets.

COTTON

Cotton is a natural fiber, but unless it’s organic, it’s not an eco-friendly one. More affordable than wool or silk, cotton rugs are long-wearing and fairly easy to clean. Small rugs can be washed, while room-sized cotton rugs should be professionally cleaned. Cotton can be dyed any color and is often made into flat-weave dhurrie rugs or rag rugs. Casual and soft underfoot, cotton rugs are inexpensive and very practical.

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