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How Big are rugs exactly?

Choosing the proper rug size is as vital as choosing your preferred style, color palette, and material. There are many popular sizes that are used in different rooms of the house and scenarios, but without knowing those sizes and their uses, you may be feeling lost as to what size rug to purchase. Below, we’ve compiled a brief summary of top rug sizes and where they are commonly used. Please note that each of the measurements below is shown in feet.

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  2. Rug Size FAQ

How Big is a 3x5 Rug?

3x5 rugs are commonly used as accents in various small rooms around the home. In smaller entryways, bathrooms, or mudrooms, a 3x5 rug is large enough to make a statement but small enough to not overwhelm the room. These rugs can also be used in kitchens to add comfort in front of sinks and stoves.

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How Big is a 4x6 Rug?

4x6 rugs are often used as accent rugs as well, but they may be too large for some bathrooms or kitchens. They are most commonly used to set apart a small seating area in living rooms with a chair and side table partly overlapping the rug. If your entryway is a medium size, you may be able to center a 4x6 rug in the middle of the room; just be sure there is at least 8 inches between the rug’s edges and the walls.

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How Big is a 5x7 Rug?

5x7 rugs are a good medium sized rug that works well in a variety of situations. They can be the main rug in a small living room and line up with the room’s seating area. Otherwise, 5x7 rugs are often used in home-offices, bedrooms with twin beds, or outdoor seating areas. Depending on the size of the room and furniture, you may have some overlap (such as the front legs of a sofa on the rug), but you likely will not have it far beneath the furniture, or else the rug will be too hidden from sight.

How Big is a 5x8 Rug?

5x8 rugs can be used in ways identical to 5x7 rugs. This is a great medium size that works well in both primary rooms like living rooms and medium entryways, but it’s also versatile enough to dress up small and medium bedrooms and offices. 5x8 is one of the most popular rug sizes available, so there are many options with patterns, designs, and materials.

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How Big is a 6x8 Rug?

6x8 rugs are one step above 5x8 rugs, and they can be used in similar situations. One different application with 6x8 area rugs is that you can consider adding one to a small dining room where you have a table for four. Ideally, a dining room table should have between one and two feet of extra rug on either side of it for the chairs, but if you live in a tighter space and still want a dining room rug, then a 6x8 rug may strike the balance you need visually and practically.

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How Big is a 6x9 Rug

The material of your rug not only dictates what the rug will feel like, but it also impacts the rug’s durability, pile height, maintenance levels, and other facets. In order to get a better understanding on rug materials and which materials are best for certain rooms, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular natural and synthetic rug materials, summarized the differences between them, and given guidelines on which rooms would benefit most from different materials.

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How Big is a 7x9 Rug

7x9 rugs are less popular than 6x9 rugs, but they can add an extra foot to that size and balance out living rooms, offices, dining rooms, and bedrooms. Once again, as you increase in size, you will gain more options for layering your furniture with the rug.

How Big is a 7x10 Rug?

7x10 rugs are ideal for medium sized living rooms, dining rooms with tables for 4-6 people, or bedrooms with full sized/queen beds. At this stage, the rug can further under living room seats at about one quarter or one third under the sofa. Please note that this is not one of the most popular rug sizes and may be grouped in searches for 8x10 rugs.

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How Big is a 8x10 Rug?

8x10 rugs are perhaps the most popular rug size for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. They work well in medium living rooms when set partway under the furniture or can accent larger living rooms when they are set in front of the furniture. Rugs of this size can also lay all the way under a full or queen bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or be centered in the middle of a bedroom’s floor plan. This is one of the most prominent, versatile rug sizes for medium to large sized rooms.

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How Big is a 9x12 Rug?

9x12 rugs are one of the most popular sizes for medium to large living rooms and bedrooms. In living rooms, these rugs can be placed all the way under the seats, partway beneath them, or closer to the back of the seats if the room is particularly large. Likewise, a 9x12 rug can be set completely beneath a queen or king bed or rest about two-thirds of the way beneath it depending on the size of the room.

How Big is a 10x14 Rug

10x14 rugs are not as popular as 9x12 rugs or the next size up (12x15), but they are a great fit for large living rooms and bedrooms. The guidelines for 9x12 rugs are great starting points for 10x14 rug layout ideas.

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Rug Size FAQ


What are common rug sizes?

The most popular rug sizes are 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 8x10, 9x12, and 12x15. Each of these rugs offer various possibilities in terms of fitting into particular rooms, options with furniture, and overall functionality.


Are rugs measured in feet?

Rugs are typically measured in feet, so when you see a rug that is labeled as 5x8, that signifies that it is 5 feet wide and 8 feet long. This is a general metric, and as you shop for specific rugs, you’ll see some are not that exact size and may be 5 x 7’5”, 5’3” x 7’7”, and other neighboring sizes.

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What size area rug for a 10x10 room?

If you are looking for a perfectly symmetrical fit, then a 7x7 or 8x8 rug would be ideal. However, other popular options include 4x6, 5x8, and any other rugs that are in that general range.


What's the biggest rug size?

The largest rug size is 12x15, which is a popular size for living rooms, grand dining rooms, and large master bedrooms. Rugs this size are frequently used in outdoor spaces as well to establish social spaces and outdoor dining areas.


Choosing the best rug size for you is dependent upon the room’s size and how you want to layer your furniture atop the rug. It also relies on the rug being a certain distance from the wall to ensure that the rug doesn’t make the room feel smaller. Following the guidelines and advice above, you can confidently choose the rug size that best suits your home and your aesthetic.

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