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How to Choose the Right Rug Size for Your Space

Let’s talk about rugs! While they may not be the first thing you notice when you enter a room, the right rug can add a welcome layer of comfort and texture to a space. If you have a project that doesn’t quite feel complete, a rug might just be the answer!

Easier said than done, however. It can be tricky to find a rug, and many people find that sizing is one of the biggest issues they face. Here are a few tips that can help you find the perfect rug for your space!


Let’s start in the foyer. A foyer rug should make people feel like they have the space to come in, take off their shoes, and get comfortable in your home. Choosing a slightly larger rug can help welcome your guests inside. When sizing a foyer rug, a good rule of thumb is to leave about one foot of space between the edges of the rug and the surrounding walls (or furniture). There’s a little wiggle room with this rule, but it’s best to leave at least six inches of space on each side.

Many foyers can fit a 5’x7’ or 5’x8’ rug. It’s usually best to run the rug vertically rather than horizontally, placing the short edge of the rug under the door. Another thing to consider when choosing a foyer rug is its thickness. If the rug is too thick, it will catch under the door.

Photo Credit: Margaret Retrajic

Family or Great Room

In a family or great room, a rug should tie your design together, offering comfort and a sense of welcome. When choosing a rug for your family room, 8x10 is a good size to start with. It’s best to position your rug so that the front two legs of your furniture can rest on it. For a larger room, you may need to go a bit bigger.

Another option is to choose something smaller, such as a 5x8. You can angle a smaller rug under a coffee table as an accent.

Rug | Elsa Charcoal


The size of a dining room rug largely depends on the size of your dining room table. Your table and chairs should sit on the rug, leaving enough room to push out your chair without sliding off the rug (about two feet of space). An 8x10 or larger is needed to suit most dining room sets.

For a smaller table or eating area, a 6x9 rug might fit better, although this size can be harder to find—it’s not carried as commonly as most sizes and may not be available in every design.

Rug | Hermitage Metal


The size you choose for your bedroom rug can depend on your flooring. If your bedroom has hardwood floors and you want a rug to bring in some coziness, you’ll want it to extend about two feet from each edge of your bed. For a queen-size bed, you’ll need at least a 5x8; for a king-size, at least 8x10.

If you have carpeting in your room and want to add an accent, consider angling a smaller rug under one of the front corners of the bed.

Rug | Vincent Moss Gray/Stone

A Few More Tips

The most commonly available rug sizes are 5x7, 5x8, 8x10, 9x12, and 9x13. A 12x15 is typically the largest size you will find. For smaller sizes, 2x3, 4x6, 3.5x5.5 are most commonly available. Remember that different manufacturers and styles will vary in size options.

Consider layering multiple rugs in one room to fill more space and add interest!

Stop in to Simply Perfect to see our selection of beautiful, cozy rugs!

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