What Size Should My Area Rug Be? – MD DC VA

If you love the look of area rugs in a room, you’re not alone. Deciding on the size of the rug can be perplexing though. Should it fill the room or be centered between your furniture arrangement? Here’s some basic guidelines to get you started:

Measure Carefully and Test Your Door Clearance
As a rule of thumb, allow 18″-24″ of bare floor space between the rug and the walls. Smaller rooms may permit less, but try not to go below six inches of surrounding floor space.

Living Room
When arranging furniture just try keeping the front legs or edge of your sofa (depending on size of room and rug), loveseat and accent chairs on the rug; the back legs can remain on or off depending on the rug’s size.

Dining Room
For easy dining and best appearance the chair legs should sit on the rug. Aim for 18″-24″ of rug on all sides of the table so that the back legs of the chairs stay on the rug, even when the chair is pulled out.
Bedroom
Comfort is the key in the bedroom: area rugs should extend beyond the sides of the bed at least 18″ for a king or queen and 12″ for a full or twin. You can also scatter area rugs to define the areas in front of the bed or dresser to add warmth and luxury.
Kitchen
Your kitchen rug will need to be easy to clean and durable. Go for runners in front of the sink and work areas to cushion you and help reduce fatigue. Smaller rugs can add interest, but use padding or opt for styles with rubber backing so they’ll stay put and away from the main high traffic path.

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