I think we’ve made our obsession with rugs pretty clear over here. From vintage to the latest Amber Lewis x Loloi Collection, we can’t get enough of these magical pieces that anchor an entire room. With that, we also know how important it is to select the right size; we’ve watched Amber spend a significant amount of time at installs sifting through piles of rugs to find the perfect fit. She’s taught us that typically bigger is better and that selecting a rug too small will eventually just drive ya nuts! While we’re not usually keen on set rules (we love to test a boundary), we broke down a bite-sized guide that we believe will help steer you in the right direction!
For living room areas, it all depends on the size of your space. A rug should be expansive enough for most of your furniture to sit on top of. As long as the front of the legs are always on the rug, you’re in good shape!
In smaller spaces, a 5’x8’ rug that sits 6”-12” in front of the sofa anchors your space nicely and still allows for walking room around the furniture.
For medium to large rooms, a larger rug (8’x10’ for instance) works nicely to anchor the space when it goes partially under the sofa (back legs off the rug), but extends beyond the sides of the sofa.
For large rooms, a 9’x13’ rug can be used to frame the whole room, with all the furniture on top of the rug. Just be sure there is still room around the outside the rug for walking, so you aren’t partially on/off the rug.
The key is to make sure the chairs still sit comfortably on the rug when pulled out and away from the table (for someone to sit in them). You don’t want chairs half on / half of a rug when pulled out.
We’re talking a smaller set-up, around four chairs or less! A 5’x8′ rug should do just the trick.
For larger dining spaces that allow more seats at the table, an 8’x10′ rug should cover the space.
There are many options for rug placement, but the most preferred way is to lay the rug perpendicular to the bed and pull it halfway under – stopping before your side tables. This maximizes the amount of useable rug space and gives you a soft surface to step onto when getting out of bed.
For a king-sized bed, it’s ideal to use a 9’x12’ rug to give a nice frame to the bed and the bedroom space.
For a queen-sized bed, an 8’x10’ is the ideal size for framing your bed.
For a full-sized bed, a 5’x8’ should suffice. In smaller bedrooms, use of an accent rug (runner) in the middle of the room or foot of the bed can add interest and help pull all the room décor together.
For hallways, runners can come in many lengths and sizes. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your runner covers 75% of the length of the hallway, with wood / flooring showing on both ends and edges.