Before You Buy an Area Rug - Size Matters

Jim Williams
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Buying Guides

When choosing an area rug, it’s important to choose something that matches the décor in your home, so as not to clash with the rest of the room. Beyond this, it’s important to purchase a rug that will fit in the space you are purchasing it for. Before you buy an area rug, remember, size matters. Here is a guide on what to look for when purchasing the right sized area rug.

Dining Area

Make sure you purchase a rug that extends to the back legs of each chair when each chair is pushed under the table.

Family Area

Most prefer an area rug in the center, or focal point, of the room. Choose the size rug according to your preference. Remember, the bigger the rug the more “together” all the elements of your room will be.


A good rule of thumb is to choose a rug that is either as wide as your bed, or wide enough to fit under your bed and nightstands. Most people choose the latter, to have a soft space to put their feet on when getting out of bed.

Kitchens and Hallways

Runners and other small rugs are best used in these spaces that are prone to spills and high traffic.

Always be sure to measure your floor carefully before choosing an area rug. That way, you’ll be more likely to purchase the right size area rug for your home.