DESIGN TIP: Room-by-Room Rug Sizing

Today I thought I would share some tips on rug sizing. Rugs are so important to making a room feel finished, grounded and polished and it is very important to ensure that they are the right size. A rug that is too small can make a room feel off balance and awkward.

I often find that there are a couple main reasons why people buy rugs that are too small:

  1. Cost. I feel that cost is a large factor is buying a rug that is too small. Most 8×10 and 9×12 rugs can be quite expensive and smaller rugs are often that much cheaper but trust me, it’s worth the investment!
  2. Commitment Issues. This can relate back to cost but purchasing a rug can be scary. A rug is often a purchase that will last for a number of years, unlike throw pillows, prints, and other accessories. Therefore, many people have the ‘I’ll just buy this cheap, small rug now and replace it later’. And as many of us know, ‘later’ can become years (or even never).
  3. Availability. Often times, larger rugs aren’t available in store and so it seems easier to purchase the 4×6 or 5×7 rug.
  4. Incorrect Sense of Space. When you’re in the store, the 5×7 rug may look like it’s going to be big enough, so you buy it, bring it home, realize it’s too small and then it just seems like way too big of a pain to return it (I am guilty of this)

Here’s an example of a rug that’s too small for the space:

SO, how do you avoid the dreaded too rug syndrome? Follow these simple ‘rules’:

Living Room:

Vanessa Enns Interiors Living Room Rug Sizing

  1. Furniture Overlap. Your rug should be big enough that either your furniture fits completely on the rug (i.e. all the legs on your sofa, chairs, coffee table fit on the rug) OR that at least the front two legs of your furniture fits on the rug.
  2. Be Consistent. If your sofa is completely on the rug, then the chairs should also be completely on the rug. If your sofa only has the front two legs on the carpet then the chairs should only have two legs on the carpet. This keeps things visually balanced.
  3. Be Conscious of Width. The width of your sofa should fit completely on the rug. If you plan on having end tables on either end of the sofa, you should aim to find a rug that’s wide enough to accommodate the side tables as well.

**Note: Most Living Rooms require an 8×10 or a 9×12 rug**


Vanessa Enns Interiors Bedroom Rug Sizing

  1. Length is key. You want the length of the rug to be long enough to have approximately 36″ of rug on either side of the bed.
  2. Width is secondary. Ideally all of your furniture fits on your rug. However, if you’ve opted for a smaller size rug, you can pull the rug down so that it sits just in front of your bedside tables.

**Note: A budget friendly option would be to purchase runners to place on either size of the bed**

Dining Room:

Vanessa Enns Interiors Dining Room Rug Sizing

  1. Consider your table size. A good rule of thumb is to measure the length and width of your table and add 24″ inches on either side. This allows for sufficient space for your chairs to sit on the rug.
  2. Avoid a rug that’s too big. Try to ensure that the only furniture on the rug is your dining table and chairs. This means that your sideboard, buffet or other furniture should not sit atop the rug.

I hope you found this post hopeful! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out.

(For those interested, the featured rug can be found here)





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