A great rug really knows how to command a room. Colorful or functional, fun or freaky, our rugs can revolutionize an interior from the ground up. But how do you know what size rug will fit your needs? Our guide tells all…
Consider the configuration of the room and layout of the furniture when purchasing a rug. Traditionally, your rug should be big enough so that at least the front third of your furniture rests on it.
Covering an entire room? Leaving 1 to 2 feet of flooring around the room’s perimeter should allow all four legs of your furniture to sit on the rug, while leaving a just-right border of bare floor.
For intimates spaces, consider sizing your rug so that only the front two legs of your furniture are on it, or float the rug so that none of your larger pieces sit on the rug.
Use rugs to create “rooms” within rooms and delineate between separate areas in large or open concept spaces. Ditch the matchy-matchy look and select rugs that have a common thread between them - like color, pattern, material, or texture - instead.
BURKELMAN TIP: Having a hard time envisioning how a certain size rug will look in your space? Try before you buy: Fold bed sheets to the size you’re considering and lay it on the floor where the rug will go or use blue painter’s tape to mark off the size you have in mind.
Your living room rug can be placed in different ways in relation to your furniture: with all four legs of each piece on the rug, all four legs off the rug (floating), or only the front two legs on the rug.
Whatever placement you choose, keep it uniform throughout the space. Placing only the front legs of your sofa on the rug? Make sure your loveseat and arm chairs follow suit.
Float it! Floating a rug means none of your major furniture actually sits on it. Try a smaller rug that fits under your coffee table or is centered on a focal point (such as a fireplace) with your furniture surrounding it.
BURKELMAN TIP: Sometimes bigger is better. If you’re unsure about which size rug to purchase, err on the larger side. A difference of a foot or two of floor space can take a room from sloppy to instagram-worthy.
The most important thing to remember when choosing a dining room rug is to ensure that it is longer and wider than your dining table.
Your dining room rug should be large enough to accommodate dining chairs that have been pushed back from the table (when people sit or stand up). A rug that extends 18 to 24 inches past your table should do the trick.
BURKELMAN TIP: Need a quick dining room rug measurement? Simply add 4 to 4½ feet to both the length and the width of your dining table.
Give your back a break: A rug in front of the sink or the stove not only adds pattern, texture, and warmth to a space filled with cold surfaces and hard edges, but also eases foot, leg, and back pain.
Small, individual rugs and long runners are popular kitchen rug options, and both look best placed about 6 inches away from the cabinets.
Make your bed the focal point of the room by placing an area rug beneath it. Measure 18 to 24 inches beyond each side of the bed (not including sides that are against a wall) for just the right size.
If your bed is flanked by nightstands, use the distance from outer edge to outer edge of both nightstands as your measuring guide.
Account for any furniture (like a bench) at the foot of the bed when measuring. All four of the piece’s legs should either be completely on or completely off the rug.
Going for something a little softer, like a sheepskin pelt? Place a rug one-third of the way under the bed.
Switch things up in the bedroom with a more unconventional - and economical - option: a runner along each side of the bed and/or at the foot of the bed. This creates a lush landing spot for straight-from-the-covers feet.
BURKELMAN TIP: The bedroom is a great place to layer rugs, especially when trying to accommodate a large area on a budget. Layering creates a collected, well-traveled feel in your home.
Make way for comfortable greetings and departures with an entryway rug that’s wider than the doorway.
For decorative rugs (as opposed to ones used to corral dirt, debris, and moisture), open the front door and measure from that point, leaving the first 3 feet or so in front of the door clear.
A hallway without a runner is a major missed design opportunity. Runners add color, texture, and pattern to these often overlooked spaces, and ground halls with loftier ceilings.
Hall rugs should have at least 6 inches of floor space on all sides. Measure your hallway and subtract 12 inches from both the length and width for the most comfortable fit.