How To Choose The Right Size Area Rug

The size of the area rug is the first and the most fundamental choice you will make.  If the area rug is too small or large for the area, it looks like you already had something that you are trying to fit in the area, rather than having purchased it especially for the area.  Also, there is no rule of thumb that allows you to determine the size just based on the size of the room, mainly because there are many ways to setup a room with one or more rugs.  Also, your furniture and its placement will also affect the size you choose.

Size Ranges

Handmade rugs come in odd sizes, so you are better off choosing a size range than an exact size; so instead of saying you need a 9’.6” x 12’.4” rug, you are better off figuring out the size as 8’.6” x 11’.8” minimum TO 9.10” x 13’ maximum.  This flexibility will increase your chances of finding the right rug for your room.

The standard sizes categories for your reference are;

2×3 – 3×5 – 4×6 – 5×8 – 6×9 – 8×10 – 9×12 – 10×14 – Oversize – Runners – Rounds

OVERSIZE rugs are usually between 11 x 15 to 14 x 25.  Huge palace size rugs are also available, but those sizes are rare.

RUNNERS usually come 2’.6” to 3’  wide and 6’ to 25’ long.  There are runners as long as 40’, but these are rare sizes.

ROUNDS range from 3’ to 12’ diameter, larger rounds are available but rare.


The furniture also dictates what size rug you need to use; if you have a small sofa with a couple of sofa chairs, you may be able to get away with a smaller rug than if you have a huge sectional.

If you are starting from scratch, it is incredibly easier to choose your furnishings and accessories from a rug, rather than the other way around. If you have the option to, allow the area rug to be the focal point and the anchor that established your color palette and design direction, and then build from there.  For choosing sizes for specific rooms; Entry, Foyer, Runners, Dining/Breakfast Rooms, Living/Family Rooms, Hallways, Bedrooms, Study/Office/Library, Bathrooms, Please look for our blogs for each room.

Alyshaan Fine Rugs carries the largest selection of fine rugs in Arizona with 3200 rugs in stock and the best custom rugs program in the country.  View most of the rugs at  Located in Scottsdale Design Center in Scottsdale Arizona.  480-607-4955.

By Saeed Aslam

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