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The Ultimate Area Rug Size Guide

Finding the perfect area rug size for your home can be easy! When searching for an area rug for any room in your home, you should consider the furniture in the room and select an area rug that touches almost every piece. You never want the area rug to just ‘float’ in the middle of the room. 

Our Ultimate Area Rug Size Guide will help you determine just the right area rug size for every room in your home. 

Visualize & Plan 

Your area rug should be about the size of the main seating or living area to help ground the space. To avoid looking awkward, the area rug should be at least a foot wider than the furniture it’s placed under. Be sure to orient the rug with the shape of the room. 

Follow these steps to help you visualize how an area rug will look in your space before making your purchase. 

  1. Grab the masking tape to create a border!
  2. Maintain at least 18″ of bare floor all the way around the tape frame. For smaller rooms, you can go to 8″ of bare floor.
  3. Allow yourself about 2″ of wiggle room. That way if you do pick the wrong size rug it will still be ok
  4. Once you have the layout taped down, measure the inside space. Then find an area rug to fit!
The above steps are a general guideline to determining the correct area rug sizes, but keep reading below where we uncover some key things to remember for each room in your home, and tell you the perfect area rug size to fit!

The Great Room

Photo: Pacesetter Homes | Calypso Showhome | Jensen Lakes

The Great Room is where more of the formal gatherings are typically held, and as such this room demands a focal point to really ground the space. Typically, most floor plans today are open plan, meaning the main living space – great room, kitchen and nook – are all open to each other. The right size area rug can really help define the great room space, without overpowering it. 

Key things to remember:

  1. Maintain at least 18″ of bare floor all the way around the area rug to help frame the room’s layout and create pathways
  2. Make sure the area rug will touch all pieces of furniture in the room 
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical mid sized great room (13’11” x 13’9″) are an 8′ x 10′ or a 9′ x 12′. 
area rug sizes
area rug sizes

The Breakfast Nook

Photo: StreetSide Developments | Fremont | McLaughlin

Most homes have what’s called a nook, or breakfast nook, that is less formal than a dining room. It is typically found right beside the kitchen, and is open to the rest of the main living space. Finding the right size for this space can be tricky. 

Key things to remember:

  1. Make sure the area rug is big enough so when someone pulls a chair out, all legs are still touching the rug
  2. But don’t go to big so it touches the walls. For smaller rooms, such as a nook, try to maintain at least 8″ of bare floor all the way around the area rug 
  3. An area rug may just not fit in a nook space. Keep an open mind when searching for one and try to not cram one in just because
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical mid sized nook (10’2″ x 11’1″) is a 6′ x 9′

Bonus! For a kitchen space, a “runner” area rug works perfect! Runner’s are typically 2’7″ wide, and between 7′ and 12′ long. 
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The Office. The Den. The Flex Room. 

Photo: Pacesetter Homes | Cypress Showhome | Griesbach

Whatever you want to call that ‘extra’ room on the main floor that most new homes have, it deserves some love too! This room can be used for many different purposes, so choosing the right area rug is key to help give the room an identity. 

Key things to remember:

  1. This type of room may be an odd shaped size, so get creative with an area rug by placing it on an angle or more to the side of the room
  2. A round area rug may fit best in a space like this as well, to give some visual interest as you first walk into the home
  3. Keep in mind the 8 – 18″ inch rule! Make sure you have enough bare floor space between the walls to not overcrowd the room.
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical flex room (10′ x 9’9″) is a rectangular 5’3″ x 7’3″, or a 6′ x 6′ round rug. 
area rug sizes
area rug sizes

The Owners Suite 

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Photo: Pacesetter Homes | Calder Showhome | Walker Summit

Choosing an area rug for the owner’s suite can be a bit tricky. Typically these rooms will be on the large size, and so getting an area rug to touch all pieces of furniture may not be possible. But that’s ok! 

Key things to remember:

  1. Place the area rug mostly under the bed, and sticking out the sides & front
  2. Don’t put an area rug “floating” in the middle of the room so it touches the dresser and bed
  3. Get creative with patterns and textures here! Most bedrooms will be carpeted, so adding a fun area rug will help it not get lost
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical owners suite (12’6″ x 14’3″) is a 8′ x 10′ or 9′ x 12′ area rug. 
area rug sizes
area rug sizes

The Bonus Room 

Photo: Pacesetter Homes | Madeline Showhome | Cy Becker

The bonus room is another room that may be an odd shape, but that doesn’t mean choosing an area rug for it should be hard.

Key things to remember:

  1. Stick to finding an area rug for the main portion of the bonus room, typically the larger area
  2. Again, keep in mind the 18″ rule!
  3. Get creative with patterns and textures here! Most bedrooms will be carpeted, so adding a fun area rug will help it not get lost in the carpet
The Verdict:
The best sizes of area rug for a typical bonus room (11’9″ x 13’2″) is a 7’10” x 10’2″ or 9′ x 12′ area rug. 

Hopefully the information in this area rug size guide helps you to find the right fit for your home! As always, if you have any questions please leave us a comment below or send us an email! Happy area rug placing!