How to Choose the Right Rug Size for Every Room

When it comes to selecting rugs for your home, considering the rug size and placement is key. The rug size can dramatically change the room’s overall appearance. A too-small rug can make the room look uninviting while on the other hand, a too-large rug can make the room feel smaller. 

Choosing the right-sized rug can truly tie a room together, adding warmth, texture, and a pop of color. Here's a simple guide to help you select the perfect rug size for every room in your home.

Living Room

Standard Rug Sizes: 5x8, 8x10, 9x12

  • All Legs On: If you have a large living room then place furniture’s legs on the rug. This works best with a rug size of 8x10 or 9x12. It will give a unified look to the living room and make the space feel cohesive.

  • Front Legs On: In case you have a medium-sized living room, place the front legs of the furniture on the rug. It is a universal approach and mostly works well with 5x8 or 8x10-sized rugs.

  • No Legs On: For smaller living room space or a budget-friendly option, consider using a small rug near the seating area front without any furniture on it. A rug size of 5x8 will work nicely here.


Standard Rug Sizes: 6x9, 8x10, 9x12

  • Under the Bed: Ideally, a rug should extend about 18-24 inches beyond the sides of the bed. That way, it adds an aesthetic appeal to the room’s overall appearance. As for the size, you can go with a 8x10  rug size for the queen bed, and a 9x12 rug size for the king bed.
  • Side Rugs: If you are looking for an alternative, side rugs can be a wonderful option to consider. Instead of opting for a large one, go with two smaller sized runners rugs for each side of the bed or you can get one for the front of the bed. Not only will they look nice, but they will also feel soft and comfortable underfoot.

Dining Room

Standard Rug Sizes: 8x10, 9x12

  • Dining Room: When it comes to dining room, a large size rug is usually the best choice. It should be large enough so that all the chairs are placed on it. Additionally, it should extend 24 inches beyond the sides of the dining table. As for the Ideal rug sizes, both 8x10 or 9x12 will work best with most dining tables.


Standard Rug Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, Runners Rugs

  • Sink Area: A 2x3-sized rug usually fits well in front of the sink and will add comfort & style to the kitchen.
  • Runner Rugs: For your kitchen space, the runner rug should be long enough to cover the main walkway of a galley kitchen or between an island and cabinets. But not too long that it extends over into the kitchen's work triangle.


Standard Rug Sizes: 2-3 Feet Wide Runner Rugs

  • Length and Width: For the hallway, make sure that the runner rug covers most of the hallway while leaveing a few inches of flooring visible on all sides. This means the runner rug should be 2-3 feet wide and as long as your hallway, minus about 6 inches at each end.


Standard Rug Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, Runners

  • Vanity Area: Place a small rug in front of the sink for comfort. A 2x3 rug is usually perfect for this spot.
  • Bath Mat Alternative: A 3x5 rug can be used as a bath mat alternative for larger bathrooms while adding a luxurious touch to the space.

Size Chart:

Standard Rug Sizes

S. No.

Rug Type

Standard Rug Sizes


Living Room Rug

5x8, 8x10, 9x12


Bedroom Rug

8x10 (right rug size for queen bed)

9x12 (right rug size for king bed)


Dining Room Rug 

8x10, 9x12


Kitchen Rug

2x3, 3x5, Runner Rugs


Hallway Rug

2-3 feet wide and as long as your hallway (minus about 6 inches on each end).


Bathroom Rug

2x3, 3x5, Runner Rugs

General Tips for Choosing the Right Rug Size

#1. Measure Your Space: 

Before making the purchase, make sure to measure the space and mark the location of the rug using painter's tape. This will give you a visual reference.

#2. Consider Foot Traffic: 

High-traffic areas benefit from durable materials so opt for the rugs that can withstand the wear and tear and can sustain for a long period of time. For low-traffic areas, you can opt for more delicate, decorative rugs.

#3. Layering Rugs: 

Don’t be afraid to try out layering. A neutral base large rug can be accented with a smaller, more colorful rug on top, giving the space a fun and stylish look.

Final Thoughts

Thinking about the right rug size might not be a big deal for most people. But actually, it is like a pinch of salt that can completely change the taste of your dish. A right-sized rug can add warmth and comfort to the space while transforming the look of your place. 

With these tips, we hope you’ll be able to find the perfect rug size that fits both your space and style.