How to Find the Right Size Rugs

Rugs are the best option for bringing together the elements of a room. Rugs are practical and provide comfort and warmth on those cooler nights. Rugs can also serve as a centerpiece for a room, bringing together all of the interior design aspects. If you are redecorating a room, a good place to start would be with selecting an area rug for the room. Once you have done this then you will be able to continue with choosing the colors and other design elements that will appear in that room.

However, just what size is the best size for a rug for your room? If you are unsure how to pick the right size, here are a few tips that should help.

Start By Measuring

Begin by measuring the size of the seating area in the room if you are going to place the area rug in a living room or dining room. A rule of thumb is to get a rug size that is slightly larger than the seating area for your room. If you don’t have much money to spend on rugs, you can opt for a smaller rug that will float out in front of the furniture instead of being hidden underneath the furniture. This option also works well if you are working with a smaller space and you want to make sure that the rug is seen. However, you should never use a smaller rug in a large room. This will make the room look like it has been chopped up and the small rug will simply look as though it doesn’t belong. Rugs are meant to tie all of the elements of a room together, not separate them. Therefore, don’t make this mistake!

Use Tape to Remember the Right Size

If you having difficulty remember what size rug you should get and how it will look when placed on the floor, there is a simple trick you can try using tape. After you have measured the floor space for the rug, you should using masking tape to outline the area on the floor where the rug should be placed. This will serve as a visual tool that you can use to visualize the space for the rug as you shop online.

Why a Rug Is So Essential

A room that lacks a rug will look bare and empty, especially if the existing floor covering is wood or tile. If you have a full household, having rugs on the floor works well as a sound barrier to keep the noise levels in your home to a minimum. Even if you already have carpet on the floor, adding an area rug can add aesthetic value to your room.


There are some specific rules for selecting the sizes for rugs in each room of your home. If you are considering adding an area rug to your bedroom, make sure that the area rug covers the entire area underneath the bed as well as the nightstands nearby. Some interior designers also recommend that you make sure that the area rug goes approximately one and one half foot past the bed if the bed is a queen or king size bed. If the bed is a full bed or twin bed, the rug should extend one foot past the front of the bed.

If you don’t like the look of the rug underneath the bed, you can opt to add the area rug to the sitting area of your bedroom. By adding the rug to the sitting area, you can create a cozy space that is visually separated from the rest of the bedroom. The area rug can really help to open up the room when used in this matter and make it seem larger.


If you are planning to use rugs in the hallway, this is one of the best options. Adding rugs to the hallway will make it quieter when people walk down the hall as well as provide you with some warm comfort while walking around your home on those cooler nights. Choose rugs that extend the length of the hallway to provide a uniform look throughout the length of the hallway.

Do you have questions about finding the right rugs for your home? Viesso can help! Give us a call to chat with one of our interior design specialists today or leave your questions below and we will answer them for you!

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