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Complete Rug Size Guide for the Living Room, Dining Room, and Bedroom

We have created our Ultimate Rug Buyers guide to help you choose from our huge selection of styles, sizes, and materials that are available to buy online. How do you style a rug? What size rug would look best in my room? These are common questions we have covered to help you choose the perfect rug for your room with easy to follow guides. Buying a rug online can feel like a daunting task, but our customer services team is available by email at or over the phone on 0161 876 4566.

How to style a room with a rug?

When it comes to shopping for a rug for your space, it can be quite hard to know what to look for. However, rugs are a brilliant way to add spice to any room, whether they're shaggy or woven, printed or plain, a suitable rug can really make a change to a room. There are several things to take into account when buying a rug, whether you want to zone a room, protect flooring, or simply make a statement. The shape and size of the room as well as your furniture placement shouldn't be overlooked, this is one of the main priorities when choosing a rug as you want it to fit perfectly with your furniture without it feeling disproportionate. Buying a rug can be difficult, that's where our rug size guide helps our customers at The Rug Seller to feel more comfortable when purchasing a rug.

It's important that whichever rug you choose fits the space proportionately and does not make the room feel unbalanced. A good rug should enhance the space in your home. Whether you have a small space you'd like to appear larger, or a large space you'd like to break up, there is a rug style and size perfect for every room.

Living Room Rugs

Small Rug - A coffee table/ footstool is a perfect way to style a small rug in a living room, placing the rug underneath the coffee table/ footstool will make the room look more enlarged and add a centre point to the room. Make sure that the rug has been fit between the furniture to ensure that the room looks proportionate.

Medium Rug - If you don't like the idea of a room-sized rug a medium rug is the ideal option. By placing the furniture's front legs on the rug this will add the desired comfort and style to an area without overpowering the room.

Large Rug - When placing a large rug in the living room it's ideal to have all your furniture placed on top of the rug. This is a great choice for an open-plan space as a large rug, with all your furniture on, defines the area nicely. It is crucial there is enough space left around the perimeter of the furniture to ensure it isn't perched on the edge of the rug - this can make the rug look too small for the room.

Dining Room Rugs

1. Rectangular Rug - For rectangular dining tables, a rectangular rug will work perfectly. Finding the right match for your room will depend on the measurements of the room and the dining table. Make sure the rug is large enough so all chairs remain on it even when they are pulled out, if chairs slip off the edge of the rug it can make the room feel smaller and unbalanced.

2. Round Rug - For smaller spaces or round tables determining the right fit follows a similar set of rules as the circular rug should always be matched with a circular dining table, and the size you need will depend on the measurements of the room and the table. If you do not have a lot of space in the room a round table will let you have more space compared to a rectangular table. Don't forget to ensure the rug is big enough so all chairs remain on it when they are pulled out.

3. Runner Rug - Placing a runner in your Kitchen/Diner will help to split the room up, this will also help to create a modern feel. Try choosing a colourful or patterned rug to add character, making sure that the rug is no longer than the bar itself. This is a great way to separate the kitchen and dining area or create a fun atmosphere - perfect for modern open-plan areas.

Bedroom Rugs

1. Runner Rug - Placing a runner on either side of your bed is a brilliant way to add symmetry and colour to a room, Ensure that the runner is both wider than your bedside table and the same length as the bed - if it is longer than the bed it the room will feel uneven.

2. Medium Rug - Having your bed partly on your medium sized rug is also a great way to create symmetry within your room, around ⅔ is a good ratio to place your rug. This rug placement can help the room feel put together and add character, without filling the entire space.

3.Large Rug - Placing the entire bed on the rug is a great way to define your sleeping area. Both bedside tables and any other furniture surrounding the bed should be included within this placement. However, the furniture on the opposite walls does not need to be included on the rug, the main bedroom walkway should not be covered by the rug this will also help separate your sleeping area and your other furniture.