Interior Design Tips: Guidelines for living room area rug sizes
Interior Design Tips: Guidelines for living room area rug sizes

How important is the size of your rug?
Super important. Area rugs are designers’ dream decor accessory for several
reasons – they add comfort, texture, color pattern, and most importantly, they define
your space. Even if you have the best color in your rug or the best pattern in
your rug it all falls by the wayside if you don’t have the right size of rug. Area rugs define your space. In a living room, the rug defines the main seating
area and gives that furniture arrangement a sense of place and
permanenc. A rug that’s too small will look like it’s floating and you lose
that sense of place. I’ve got some guidelines here to help you make the
right decision. The first is to size the rug according to the room. This means you
would deduct 3 feet from the overall length and width of the room leaving an
ideal 1 and 1/2 feet of floor space all around the rug. However this might mean
you’ll need a custom size rug! Alternatively, you can determine the rug
size by measuring the area beneath your main seating area. So here we have a
typical layout for a living room and something that I see often is a small
rug, maybe a 5 by 7, sitting in front of the sofa like so. None of the furniture
sits on top of the rug in this case. The distance between the rug and the wall is
also quite large. All of this makes the rug feel like it’s floating in the
center of the room. Similar to this image. The rug just isn’t connected to the
seating or the room. If we use a larger rug, perhaps an 8 by 10, you’ll notice
that most of the furniture touches the area rug. This is an important guideline!
When the furniture, even just the front legs of the furniture, sits on the area
rug there’s a visual connection from the furniture to the rug and vice versa. Plus
the size of the rug is now larger so it sits more comfortably in the room
overall so this is a much better layout because the main seating area is now
defined by the rug. Here’s a great example of having a rug that defines the
room because the seating area is connected to the rug. If you have an even
larger living room where your seating is away from the walls then I would
recommend having all the furniture sit comfortably on the rug. This is much more
pleasing to the eye because it further connects the rug to the furniture and
the rug to the room as well. You can see in this image the
area rug contains all of the furniture in this living room. This is especially
important when you have an open-concept space where you might have a dining room
nearby. By placing your furniture completely on an area rug you create a
visual boundary and define your living room seating arrangement. So here’s your
take away: In a living room, the rug defines the main seating area and gives
that furniture arrangement a sense of place and permanence. Either all or at
least the front legs of the furniture should be sitting on the area rug. This
will clearly define your seating area and it’s the foundation for a great
living room. Thanks for watching this little design tip. I’ll have lots more
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3 thoughts on “Interior Design Tips: Guidelines for living room area rug sizes”


    Thanks for another good video

  2. CJ Gray says:

    Wonderful video!

  3. Hilary Mair says:

    Thanks for such an informative video! What about using two smaller rugs but layering them?

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