Determining the size of the area rug you want can be a daunting task because there are so many ways to decorate different rooms, and numerous Do’s and Don’ts to take into account. We have given you some basic information below, but if you answer a few questions through our brief questionnaire, our expert staff will give you different options and recommend the best one for your room. There is no cost or obligation on your part.

How to Choose the Right Size

Rug Size

When it comes to choosing area rugs for your home, the size of the rug is the first and the most fundamental choice you will make. The wrong size rug immediately conveys a lack of proper planning or knowhow, looks like you are using a rug you already owned rather than one you acquired for the specific room and throws off your entire room decor.

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 set up a room with one or more rugs.

Also, your furniture and its placement will 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 t0 9.10” x 13’ maximum.  This flexibility will increase your chances of finding the right rug for your room, and will keep you from going insane while searching!

The standard size 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 15 x 35. 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 are very 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 like a 6’x 9’, but if you have a huge sectional and a large coffee table, then a 9’x 12 may be the minimum size you can use. The rooms where the furniture ends up affecting the size of the rugs are dining & breakfast rooms, bedrooms, family & living rooms.  The dining and breakfast rooms are the trickiest, because its preferable to have the chairs remain on the rug when they are pulled out to allow a person to sit down.

The size of the room plays a major role, and not just the linear size but also the height of the ceilings because very high ceilings make a room look huge, so the overall area dictates the rug size of the rug.  Also, you may have the same size “setting” like a sofa, love seat and sofa chair with a coffee table, but if this setting is in a small room you may be able to get away with a 6 x 9 or 8 x 10 rug. If you have this setting in a great room with a high ceiling, you may need at least a 9 x 12 or even a 10×14 to do justice to the room size and not just the setting.

The points above were just a few among the many factors to take into account when choosing the right size of area rugs for your home.  If you just fill out the questions below, we will send your options along with our recommendation for the best size choice for your specific decor, and also tell you why we have suggested it.  The best part, it’s a free service.

Why do we do this? If we can impress you with our know-how and willingness to help you with sincere and valuable advice, we are hopeful that you will give us an opportunity to earn your business.

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