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Area Rug Buying Guide – Finding the Right Size

Dining Room

Area Rugs for the Dining RoomLeave enough room so that the rug extends beyond the back legs of a chair when someone is seated. Otherwise, your chairs may wobble on the uneven surface-not the most comfortable dining experience. An 8′ x 10′ rug is the most common size for dining rooms, but be sure to measure your space and the area around the table with chairs pulled out.

Living & Family Rooms

Area Rug Sizing - Living RoomHere, there’s really no right or wrong way to place your rug. It’s all about preference. The bigger the rug, the more it’ll pull the other elements of the room together. Use the coffee table, or center of the room, as the primary focal point and plan outward from there.


Bedroom Area Rug SizingArea rugs are a great way to add extra softness and soundproofing to the bedroom. Simply choose a rug the fits the width of your bed. Or, if you’re looking for something larger, find one that will cover the space beneath your nightstands, too. If you are concerned about the coldness of the floor make sure the rug is wide enough that your feet will land on it when you get out of bed.

Kitchen, Hallway & Foyer

Kitchen and Foyer Area Rug SizingLook for runners and round area rugs to fill the narrower spaces and nooks throughout your home. Remember to use a tape measure first, so that there are no surprises once you get your rug on the floor.

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