While buying a rug is super exciting, the whole process can be overwhelming. Most people shop for a rug based on appearance; but the true goal of a rug is to enhance or complement the interior of the house. With that in mind it is interesting to know that the size of a rug, not only the appearance, can change the dynamic of a room. Two different sizes of a rug, such as a 6’x 9’ and an 8’ x 10’, may both fit within a room. However, the bigger rug may actually make the room look larger. Depending on how you would like your room transformed, the size of rug selected can vary. This guide, along with a consultation with the staff at Curtain and Carpet Concepts, can help you determine the size rug you are looking for.

Common Sizes

A general rule to help provide guidance on what size rug would best suit a room is to choose a rug about two feet smaller than the room. This way the floor still shows but you get the maximum amount of rug for the room. The most common sizes of rugs include…

  • 4’ x 6’
  • 6’ x 9’
  • 8’ x 10’
  • 9’ x 12’
  • 10’ x 14’

Living Room

Selecting a rug for the living room usually comes down to two choices: 8’ x 10’ or 9’ x 12’. With either size some furniture will most likely be on the rug. The size of the rug and the dimensions of the room will determine how much of the furniture is placed on the rug.

Dining Room

Selecting a rug for the dining room is rather straight forward; the legs of both the chairs and table should comfortably rest on the rug, even when pulled out to sit on. The most common sizes for a dining room is an 8’ round rug or an 8’ x 10’ square. When determining a shape of your rug, either round or square, you must choose based on the décor. With tables seating 4-6 people a round or square rug is suitable; while with tables seating 6 or more people a rectangular rug is recommended.


Selecting a rug for the bedroom is based on the décor within the room. With a queen sized bed we recommend that a 9’ x 12’ would suit the room best. The rug is placed under the bed and typically reaches to the nightstands on either side of the bed. This way the nightstands will not be unbalanced because they are half on a rug and half on the floor. This way when you get out of bed you will still be stepping on a rug. For a smaller or larger room a different sized rug is suggested.