How to Pick Rug Sizes (Design Guide)

Welcome to our guide on how to pick rug sizes including popular layouts and interior designs.
Contemporary living room with large rug under furniture One might think that when picking a rug the most important selection is the color and pattern, but on the contrary size makes a huge difference. The size of a rug can mean the difference between echoes in the room and overpowering a space.

Each layout and setting brings a different setup requiring smaller or larger rugs to define spaces and bring comfort to a space. Rugs can help with acoustic issues as well as avoid putting bare feet on hard flooring. Some of the proper sizes are discussed below.

Common Rug Sizes

Living room with area rug from above Some of the commons choices and ways to decide what size the rug should be can be done by keeping in mind bigger is better. Choosing a bigger option avoids echoing in a room with tile or hardwood flooring and helps avoid making a room feel disjointed. It is also important to check the room size and shape. If the room is long then the rug should be long, if it is large the rug should follow suit. Another consideration should be the furniture layout, which is going to be talked about in more detail later.

Standard Rug Sizes

Living room with rug under sofa Some rugs are readily available, that can be picked up from a store and brought to your home, based on the settings discussed below you can pick from the standard sizes listed below or come up with a custom size that best fits your room and space.

The standard rug sizes that are available in most stores are:


  • 9 foot by 12 foot – This is a common living room rug size that is often used with a floating furniture layout. This means the furniture is pulled out from the walls and sits completely on the rug.
  • 8 foot by 10 foot – This size works better for living rooms with furniture that sits against the walls. The front legs of the furniture should sit on the rug with a coffee table as the center point.
  • 6 foot by 9 foot – For living rooms with furniture against the walls and front legs on the rug.
  • 5 foot by 8 foot
  • 4 foot by 6 foot
  • 3 foot by 5 foot


  • 5 foot diameter
  • 6 foot diameter
  • 7 foot diameter
  • 8 foot diameter
  • 9 foot diameter
  • 10 foot diameter


  • 4 foot long
  • 6 foot long
  • 8 foot long
  • 10 foot long


  • 5 foot long
  • 6 foot long
  • 7 foot long
  • 8 foot long
  • 9 foot long
  • 10 foot long

While these may be the standard size that these certain types of rugs come in, there are also so many custom choices and other options available, these are just the most commonly used and made sizes.

Later in this article rugs are referred to as small medium and large. Larger rugs are typically 8 feet or bigger. Medium between 5 and 7 feet. Small rugs are generally under the 5 foot range. While these vary in size and shape, it is a general way to understand what sort of rug you need.

Rug Sizes Chart

Common rug sizes guide

What Rug Size for Living Room

Living room with gray area rug wood accent fireplace Living room rugs have a few different recommended sizes and shapes and overall theories to how they should be set up, based on use and taste. The most common three are: legs all on the rug, front legs on the rug and no legs on the rugs.

Starting with legs on the rug, using the largest rug, this should pretty much take up the entire room. This tactic makes the room feel uniform and put together, and is a great floor saver for the hard surface underneath. If using an open concept space, the rug gives a great form of space definition.

Two legs on put the front of the chairs as well as the entire coffee table (if there is one present) on the rug. This requires a pretty decent sizes rug as well, dependent upon the spacing of the seating in the area. This is often used in longer rooms and smaller, more closed in rooms.

For very small rooms that you would like to make seem larger do best when the rug does not touch any of the legs on the seating, only one the coffee table (if present). This calls for a smaller rug that is about six inches in front of each of the pieces of seating.

Correct Size Rug for Sectional Couch

Rug under sectional couch One different living room creating can be a living room with a sectional. This also can be done in one of two way, all legs on or all legs off. All legs on means that the rug needs to be large enough to cover the entirety of the sectional.

Taking the length and width of the sofa and adding about 18 to 24 inches to that gives you the size of the rug you need in that case.

With all legs off you can measure the inside l or U or the sectional shrinking it about 6 to 12 inches to fit along the inside of the sectional. This second way is actually the recommended way as it brings the energy to the middle of the area, where the users typically will be sitting and using the space.

It is acceptable to not extend the rug completely under the sectional sofa. However, if this is the case you should position the front legs on the rug and the back legs off. In addition, its a good rule to keep all the legs of smaller furniture pieces on the rug.

There are other ways to include a rug with a sectional. You could add a round rug to the inside of the sectional area, where a round coffee table is a best match, this also goes along best with a rounded sections, which is a bit more uncommon.

Another option is a sofa design layout with a half on half off the rug option, calling for a larger rug, mocking the size of the sectional and offsetting it a little for aesthetics.

Dining Room Rug Sizes

Dining room with rug under table chairs Dining room rugs are really best to stay with all the legs of the seating and the table on the rug. This is due to the chairs being a little less cushioned and heavy duty, making them off kilter when having them half on and half off the rug.

Just having the rug under the table is not as visually pleasing, as it would have to be a very small rug for when the chairs are all pushed in. At that point the rug does not help much.

What Size Rug Under a 48 Round Table

The size of the dining room table is how one should select the size of the rug. Typically you want about 24 to 36 inches extra rug space than table space – this gives room for the chairs to sit. Therefore for a 48 inch round table you need at least a 72 inch round rug. This gives space for the chairs and the individuals moving around, you do not want the rug too large or it gets in the walkway and can be a tripping hazard.

Bedroom Rug Sizes

Bedroom with rug under bed Moving onto bedroom sized rugs there once again is the all legs on, all legs off, and a new 2/3 legs on the rug. When it comes to bedroom layouts with all legs on the rug, they need an extremely large rug, based on the size of the room and the bed sizes used. This rug should also be large enough to go underneath the nightstand and end of bed bunch (if they are present in the room).

If possible, the rug should be 18 to 24 inches longer than the furniture pieces, but it should not get in the way of the walkways as they could become tripping hazards.

For the no legs on the rug version this is mixed up a little but by having two small rugs on either side of the bed, maybe even a third one along the end of the bed. Typically the rugs will be the length of the bed, and either the same width as the nightstand or a little larger. In theory these would be the walkways, or where the users feet would land when getting on and off the bed.

Two thirds on and one third off gives a good framing to the bed, while using only a medium sized rug (less expensive than the larger ones) and still gives a good warmth to the room. Read more about bedroom rug placement here.

Rug Size for King Bed

For a king it should be 9 feet by 12 feet when it comes to being two thirds on the bed. Larger at 10 feet by 14 feet for covering the whole bed including end tables.  A runner can be about 9 feet by 3 feet.

Rug Size for Queen Bed

Looking at a standard 60″ wide by 80″ long queen sized bed, the rug should be at least 8 feet long. For a queen bed with small end tables you’ll want a rug about 8 feet by 10 feet. A larger rug for covering the whole bed with larger furniture pieces. For just laying under a bed for decor purposes a 5 foot by 7 foot rug is often used. Runners can be about 8 feet by 3 feet.

Bedroom with area rug underneath shiplap drawers Rug Size for Full Bed

Full sized beds are about the same size as queen sized beds, meaning the rug sizes can be pretty similar, this rug should be about 8 feet by 10 feet. Larger for covering the whole bed, and for runner they can be about 8 feet by 3 feet.

Bathroom Rug Sizes

Since bathrooms are usually pretty small rooms, then the rugs are also pretty small. There are options to put something the same length as the tub, or mirroring the width of the sink or toilet. Those are all common places to put the bathroom rugs.

Entryway Rug Size

The size on an entryway rug is very dependent on the size and shape of the entryway itself. They can be anything from round or half circle, to rectangular or square. Using the door as a general size guideline can be a great place to start. This usually put the sizes around 3 to 4 feet either in width or diameter.

For more related content check out our gallery of the most popular types of beds.


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Written by Savannah - Interior Designer

Savannah Phillips is an NCIDQ certified Interior Designer with a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design from Illinois State University. She is skilled in Space Planning, Furniture Layouts, Material and Finish Selection and FF&E Procurement.

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