Choose the Right Rug Size for Your Space

Choose the Right Rug Size for Your Space

27th Mar 2024

A rug is a statement piece that can make or break a space. Finding the right rug size and shape can add warmth and depth to a space and help define an area. On the flip side, a rug that is too big or too small for a space can make a space feel strange or not quite right. To simplify this process, our designers have compiled pro tips for each space.

Living Room

When you select a rug for your living room, the placement depends on both the shape of the room and the furnishings. Typically, this translates to place one large rug in the center of the room. You can enhance the feeling and atmosphere you are looking to create by choosing the right rug and rug size.

Here are a few pro tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep in mind the two foot rule. Keep all sides of the rug two feet away from the walls or edges of a space.
  • Anchor your rug with the front two legs of your couches and chairs.
  • Select a material that makes sense for the traffic in your space and the environment.


You can instantly create a cozy bedroom by adding a rug. The focal point in a bedroom is the bed, so it should guide the size and placement of the rug. Another factor to consider when selecting rug size is comfort - where will you be barefoot most and do you want your feet on floor or rug?

Here are a few pro tips to keep in mind:

  • Since you're often barefoot around the sides of your bed, ensure you have 18-24 inches of rug on either side of the bed. This frames your bed, provides a comfortable place for your feet and eliminates tripping hazards.
  • For a king bed, a 9'x12' rug typically works well to extend 2' around the bed and to the ends of the nightstands.
  • For a queen bed, an 8'x10' rug typically works and depending on the size of the room, a 6'x9' might also work.

Dining Room

Dining rooms require one large rug. The dining table itself is what determines the size and shape of the rug. Rectangular, square and round rugs are all options depending on the shape of the dining table.

Here are a few pro tips to keep in mind:

  • Add about two feet of clearance on each side of a table to get the size of the rug.
  • When chairs are pulled away from the table, all legs should sit comfortably on the rug.
  • An 8'x10' rug works well for most dining rooms.


You typically find runners in hallways (long, narrow rugs). Although hallways are the most popular place for runners, runners can be used on either side of the bed, on stairs, and in the kitchen or bathroom. They are a great way to absorb the sound in a space, give smaller areas a little more character, and protect your floors from wear in high traffic areas.

Here are a few pro tips to keep in mind:

  • Leave 3-5 inches of floor space on each side of the rug.
  • Ensure the runner in centered in the space.
  • Since runners are typically in areas that get a lot of traffic, choose something durable that won't slide around the floor.

Check out the coastal rug selection at Cottage & Bungalow to find the perfect rug for your space!