Guidelines to Choosing the Right Rug Size for Your Decor (Part - I)

Posted on - 30 March 2018


Does the carpet choose the floor it wishes to grace or does space choose its carpet? There is no right or wrong answer. Whichever the case, the floor space, furniture size, room type, size and shape, all define what carpet size is right for your décor. Choosing the right size is as important as finding the right colour and pattern.

Living, bedroom, and dining room are the spaces where dressing your floors with a rug unifies your furniture and enhances your décor. We have divided the key guidelines to help you choose the perfect carpet size for your home into three parts.

Part – I

Choosing the Right Rug Size for Living Room

Size matters and it is the most extensive part of any buying process. Before going into the details, you have to remember two things: Firstly, always carry a measuring tape to measure the perimeter of the area you would like the carpet to cover. Secondly, when in doubt, click a photograph of your room and keep it for reference. It could be of some use when you want to show your room layout to a designer or an architect.

In a smaller floor space, the furniture is mostly lined up along the walls and therefore, it is always better to have the rug in the centre of the room. Place the rug under a coffee table with all its four legs resting on it. Make sure that all the furniture in the centre of the living sits around the border of the rug, without touching it. Do not forget that your feet should always rest on the rug when you are seated. We suggest a rug size that is at least 5x8. This method is called ‘none rule’ or ‘no connection lounge’ or ‘all furniture off the rug’. Generally, this arrangement is ideal for small spaces and apartments.

In a standard floor space, if your furniture is placed against the wall, ensure that the rug sits under all the four legs of the coffee or centre table and the front legs of the central furniture like a sofa or a chair. The back legs of the sofa can be off the rug. The suggested rug size is 6x9. This approach is called connection lounge as it helps to connect the various furniture pieces to create a sense of good proportion. The designers call this method as 'two rule' as the front two legs of the sofa rest on the rug.

Ideal carpet sizes for your living space

In a large floor space, some furniture can be on the rug and some of the rug. For instance, when it comes to a sofa, the front legs can sit on the rug and when it comes to a chair, all the four legs can fit firmly on the rug. While this is done, make sure there are about 18 inches of bare floor between the rug edge and the perimeter walls of the room. This approach is suitable for rooms that are enclosed and separate from surrounding rooms, as opposed to open concept spaces. The ideal rug size for this set up is 8x10.

In an extra-large floor space, the furniture is grouped towards the centre of the space, so a rug should be big enough to accommodate all the furniture in the living room and spread beyond. This allows the furniture to float in the centre of your room and makes your space feel bigger. In this setup, whether your furniture is a modular or a sectional sofa, or for that matter any kind of configuration, they should fit easily on the rug. The ideal rug size for this set up is 9x12. This approach is best for large or open-concept spaces. The principle that works best in most settings is that the bigger the rug the larger it makes a room appear.

All these principles help in simplifying your search for the perfect carpet size. Although there are multiple rules on what rug size is best for your home, these guidelines help in determining which approach is most appealing to you and will be effective in achieving the look you desire in your individual spaces. But, if you have personal preferences, then go for what you feel works great in your setting. After all, if your space allows, you can always have multiple rugs in the living room - say a runner running at the entry or an additional rug in front of the fireplace. At the end of it, a carpet's purpose should be met. Be it warmth, symmetry, visual harmony and connection.