Determining the size needed and location to place a rug can be a challenge. But have no fear, we're here to help guide you so you can find the perfect rug for every room in your home. Generally, a minimum of 6 inches and a maximum of 18 inches of space should exist between the rug and the walls for the best effect. To help confirm the correct rug size for your space, use the simple guidelines illustrated below.
On a budget with two twin beds? Framing them with two runners is more budget-friendly than using one larger rug. This works great if the beds are against a wall.
3x5 | 2x9 Runner
Get a classy look by placing a 5x8 or 6x9 rug under the bottom two-thirds of a twin bed. This placement leaves the nightstands off but has plenty of room for your feet to land in the morning.
5x8 | 6x9
Bring it all together by placing two twin beds on a sizeable 8x10 rug with a nightstand in the middle. Or get some extra padding along the sides with a 9x12 rug.
Need more information? Read our Queen Bed Rug Size Guide
Limited space? Tight budget? Keep your bedroom floors warm without breaking the bank by framing a queen bed with two runners.
2x6 Runner | 2x9 Runner
If you're going for a mix of value and coverage, position a rug roughly under the bottom 2/3 of the bed. You want a bit exposed on the bottom and enough room for your feet on the sides.
Ready to upgrade your bedroom? Place a 9x12 rug under the bed and nightstands. This positioning anchors the furniture layout and insulates your floors.
Need more information? Read our King Bed Rug Size Guide
Runners are a cost-effective alternative for padding the sides of a standard or California king bed. Frame your king bed with 6' or 7' runners along the sides. For extra padding, try a 4x6 rug at the foot of the bed.
2x6 Runner | 2x9 Runner
A typical size rug for a king-sized bed is 9x12. Place the rug under the bed, leaving the nightstands and back legs off. This positioning pads the edges and bottom of a standard or California king bed.
If you have room to spare, make your bedroom more luxurious with a 10x14 rug. Place it under the bed, nightstands, and any furniture at the foot of the bed for full coverage and to make your room feel even more grand..
How big should an area rug be in a bedroom?
The bed size can help determine how big the area rug should be in a bedroom. A 5x8 or 6x9 is a good option for twin or full-sized beds. The standard rug size for queen-sized bed is 8x10 and a 9x12 rug for a king. Don’t forget to measure the room to make sure the rug will fit.
What size rug do I need for my bedroom?
It depends. We recommend a 5x8 or 6x9 for a twin or full-size bed and a 8x10 or 9x12 for queen or king-size beds. The room size also impacts the size of rug you need for the bedroom, though, so measure it first and adjust accordingly.
Should you put a rug under your bed?
Yes. An area rug under your bed helps define the space and protect the floor from scratches. It also gives you a warm surface to place your feet on in the morning.
Where do you place a rug in a master bedroom?
Place a rug in a master bedroom under the bottom two-thirds of the bed, horizontally, with excess on the sides and front. This helps zone the space and gives you a soft surface to walk on in the morning. You can also choose a larger rug in the master bedroom where all of the furniture sits on the rug.
Have a small space? Make a seating area with a love seat and arm chair. We recommended all front legs stay on the rug so your furniture doesn't feel like it's floating.
5x8 | 6x9
For larger spaces, try an 8x10 rug in the center of your seating arrangement and anchor the front legs of your seating area on the rug.
Your living room is the heart of your home, so show it some love with a 9x12 rug. If you have more space, try a 10x14 or even 12x15 rug. A rug this big should be able to accommodate your furniture with all four legs on it.
9x12 | 10x14
How do you place a rug in a living room?
Placing a rug in a living room depends on your space's size and the layout of your furniture. For smaller setups, try a 5x8 or 6x9 with the front legs on your rug. For mid-sized and large areas, place an appropriately-sized rug like 8x10, 9x12 or larger, under the furniture with just the front legs on the rug, or with all four legs on top.
How do I choose a rug for my living room?
Consider the size, material, and style when choosing a rug for your living room. Decide where you want to place the rug in relation to your furniture to help choose rug dimensions. Look for a material that is durable enough for your household and a color or style that matches the look you’re trying to create.
Can a rug be smaller than couch?
Yes. A rug can be smaller than the couch if you plan to float the rug in the center of your seating area, under the coffee table. We usually recommend all legs on top of the rug, but this option is great for smaller spaces.
Should a rug go under the sofa?
It depends on the size of your room. Most interior design rules have at least some of the rug under the sofa to keep the rug from looking like it's floating. We suggest either placing the front two legs of the sofa and other furniture on your rug or all four if you have a large space to accommodate a larger rug.
Do you have a round or square dining table? If so, you'll want a rug with a matching shape. Add three to four feet to your table's dimensions to find the right rug size.
6x6 | 8x8
Are you working with a smaller dining area? Try a 5x8 or 6x9 rug under a four-person dining table to set the scene.
5x8 | 6x9
Make your dining room feel relaxing and inviting with an 8x10 rug under a six-person dining table. This works for both rectangular and ovular table arrangements.
A table for 8 or more chairs fits best on a 9'x12' to 10'x14' rug offering enough room for all chairs to be on the rug even when scooted back.
9x12 | 10x14
How do you size a dining room rug?
Size a dining room rug by measuring your table and adding four feet to both the height and width. This provides 24" of padding on either side of the table, allowing you to slide chairs out without moving them off the edge of the rug.
What type of rug is best for dining room?
A flatweave or short pile rug is best for the dining room. Look for easy to clean materials, too. Spills are inevitable around the dining table, and high pile gets in the way of chair legs.
Should you put a rug under the dining room table?
Yes. Though some designers will disagree based on personal taste, a rug under the dining room table is very beneficial. Your rug will protect your floor from wear caused by sliding chairs and from spills. Rugs also visually anchor the dining table and chairs, making the room more inviting.
What is the best material for a dining room rug?
Natural fiber like jute, cotton, or wool is generally the best material for a dining room rug. Another great option is polypropylene, an easy-to-clean and durable synthetic material.
Just looking for a bit of cushioning? Try a 2x3 or 3x5 rug in front of the kitchen sink. It'll protect the floor from splashes without taking up too much room.
2x3 | 3x5
If your kitchen's floorplan is open, try centering a 4x6 or 5x8 rug in the middle. This should pad the space in front of your counters while protecting the whole area.
If your kitchen has an island, try a 2x3 or 3x5 rug in front of the sink and a 5x8 rug beside the island. This can make the area feel and look larger.
2x3 or 3x5 | 5x8
Long and narrow kitchens need love too. Hallway and galley layouts work well with one 2x6 or 2x9 runner rug down the center. It'll insulate and protect the floors without causing crowding.
2x6 runner | 2x9 runner
What kind of rug is best for kitchen?
The best rugs for kitchen floors are made from durable materials like cotton, polypropylene, or wool with a flatweave construction. This makes it easier to clean. Indoor/outdoor rugs are another excellent option because they don’t absorb spills or stains as easily.
What size should a kitchen rug be?
It depends. Measure your space and consider how much coverage you want. Standard kitchen mats tend to be 2x3, but you can use a runner if you want more coverage or have a narrow space to fill. If the rug is going under a table, measure it and add four feet to both the height and width.
Should you put a rug under the kitchen table?
Yes. Rugs under kitchen tables protect your floors from damage caused by sliding chairs. They also visually anchor the table and chairs while adding color to the room.
Are jute rugs good for kitchen?
No. Jute is a durable natural fiber than can be spot cleaned, but that doesn’t mean jute rugs are good for kitchen floors. For example, suppose a jute rug is exposed to a high moisture level, like a flooded sink or an overflowing pot. In that case, it could permanently discolor the fibers.
Need more information? Read Our Entryway Rug Size Guide.
Long and narrow entrance halls work well with runners. Try a 2x6 or a 2x9 rug to protect the length of your entryway.
2x6 runner | 2x9 runner
Entryway rugs don't need to be big if your place is small. A 2x3 or 3x5 rug is enough to catch the dirt, especially if your home has a shoes-off policy past the door.
2x3 | 3x5
Dress up a mid-sized entryway with a 4x6 rug. This size will provide more coverage, perfect for a space that features a coat closet, bench, and/or shoe rack.
Do you have a lot of room to cover? Larger foyers and entryways call for more sizeable rugs. Try a 5x8 or 6x9 rug to protect your floors and welcome your guests.
5x8 | 6x9
Do I need an entryway rug?
Yes. An entryway rug protects your floors from natural elements and high traffic.
What size should an entryway rug be?
It depends. The size of your space and the traffic patterns will determine what size an entryway rug should be. The rule of thumb is to keep at least 18” of exposed floor between your rug and the wall. Smaller spaces can get away with less exposed floor.
How do I keep an entryway rug clean?
An indoor/outdoor option is the best way to keep your entryway rug clean because it offers increased resistance to moisture and soil. You'll also find indoor options with enhanced durability. We also recommend placing an additional mat outside your door, using a spot remover, and taking off your shoes at the door for the best results.
Need more information? Read our Bathroom Rug Size Guide.
For a small bathroom or powder room, use a small rug just in front of the sink to add softness and personality.
2x3 | 3x5
If you have a double vanity, double up your style with two small rugs in the same style.
2x3 | 3x5
Another option with a double vanity is to add a long runner that spans the length of the vanity.
Have a large space to cover? Center a rug in the middle of your space--rectangular, round or squares are all great options.
4x4 or 5x5 Round or Square | 4x6 | 5x8
Where to place bathroom rugs?
You can decide where to place bathroom rugs based on preference. Most layouts use smaller sizes in front of sinks and a larger size in front of the tub or shower. If you are limited on space, a runner or a single large bathmat can serve the purpose. If your space is larger, you can opt for a large rug centered in the middle of the bathroom.
Do you need a rug in front of toilet?
It depends. Most modern interior design will forego the rug in front of the toilet. If you want to place a rug in front of the toilet, wash it often to keep your space sanitary.
Can I put bathroom rugs in the washer?
It depends. Follow the manufacturer’s care tag instructions when cleaning your rug. Many bathroom rugs can be placed in the washer, but a washing machine can ruin others. Always be sure to read the manufacturers cleaning instructions.
Do you put rugs in powder rooms?
Yes. It isn't necessary, but placing rugs in the powder room can make it more inviting. Consider a mat in front of the sink to catch drips or a runner to warm the feet.
How many rugs should be in a bathroom?
The size and layout of a space will dictate how many rugs should be in a bathroom. One or two is generally enough, but you can add more depending on the space.
Need more information? Read our Office Rug Size Guide.
Just have enough space for a desk? Opt for a small to medium sized rug so that your desk and chair sit on the rug with just enough room to scoot your chair out.
4x6 | 5x8
For a medium or large office, use a rug to run parallel to your desk and just put the back legs on - allowing for 2 chairs to be on the rug, but your office chair to be directly on the floor.
6x9 | 8x10
How do I choose a home office rug?
Choose a home office rug based on the layout and size of the room. For most office layouts, you’ll want a rug that fits the desk and chair, with plenty of room for the chair to scoot back. If you have a larger space, add a couple of lounge chairs to the front of your desk area and place the rug just under the front legs of your desk--the back of your desk and chair will be sans rug. Look for a low pile to allow office chairs to roll and durable material to stand up to heavy foot traffic and rolling chairs.
How do you size an office rug?
It depends. Measure the room and your desk to size an office rug. You can either set two legs or all four legs of your desk on the rug, and you'll want enough space to roll the chair around without falling off the edge. Also, keep at least 18" between the edge of the rug and the walls.
Should rugs go under a desk?
Yes. Office rugs go under desk and chair setups in most placements. It’s up to you whether you set two legs or all four legs of your desk on the rug. Many prefer to center the desk on the rug while leaving enough room to roll the chair around.
How can I professionally decorate my office?
Decorate your office professionally while still adding personal touches. The trick is to keep personal and decorative items to a minimum while also adding things you love. For example, a rug in a style you like with art from your favorite painter on the wall. Most offices also use a color palette based on neutrals to create a more calming ambiance.
Need more information? Read our Outdoor Rug Size Guide.
Just like a traditional doormat, a small 2x3 scatter rug is a great option near the patio door.
If you have a smaller outdoor arrangement, opt for a medium-sized rug to place smaller outdoor furniture on top.
5x8 | 6x9
Whether you want to anchor your outdoor dining table or create a full outdoor seating area, ground your space with a large rug.
8x10 | 9x12
What rugs can be used outside?
Rugs that are suitable to use outside are marked as such on the product page. They are commonly made from polypropylene, nylon, polyester, acrylic, and some natural materials like sisal, hemp, and jute.
What size outdoor rug do I need?
It depends. Picking the size of outdoor rug that you need will depend on the space you have available and your furniture layout. If you’re covering an entire patio, keep at least 18” between the rug’s edges and the perimeter.
Are outdoor rugs a good idea?
Yes. Outdoor rugs are a good idea because they protect wood and stone from scuffs and scratches caused by furniture. They also protect against grease stains and help zone the space while adding personality and color.
What is the best type of outdoor rug?
The best type of outdoor rug is typically made from polypropylene or another synthetic material. Look for a rug that can stand up to rainy, damp, and humid climates with direct sunlight exposure.
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