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How to pick the perfect sized rug

18 October 2016

Adding a rug to your home can be a bit of a daunting task. There’s lots to factor in, lots of decisions to be made, and you might not be sure how it works until it’s down and you’re living with it. Luckily, we’ve done our homework and figured out a 7 essential ways to make sure you’ve got the right rug for your space. Say farewell guesswork, hello toasty toes!

A combination of flatwoven, natual rugs
Before you go rug shopping measure out the space you want to use, with the furniture set up how you want to use it.


It might sound a bit obvious, but before you start measuring, make sure your space is set out how you’ll want it when your rug moves in. Also think about the movement of chairs and give yourself some extra rug room to accommodate and then measure the length and width.


Other than feeling lovely underfoot, your rug’s job is to tie furniture together into living ‘zones’ and make a path for foot traffic. The way you do this depends on whether the furniture in the area you want to add a rug to is against or away from walls.

Illustration of dining room table and chairs with rug underneath. To get the right sized rug make sure the table and all chairs fit comfortably on top of your rug.


If you’re looking for a rug for under a dining table that’s set in the middle of a room, make sure you choose one that’s large enough for all the furniture including chairs to fit comfortably on top (even when they’re pulled out for dining). If it’s going to live in your sitting area, it’s okay just to have the front legs of your sofa on top – it won’t affect the balance of the seating.

Illustration of bed against the wall on top of large cream coloured rug
Make sure your rug is wider than your furniture, but it’s ok if only the front legs are on top. Basically, you’re never going to walk around the back part of your furniture so your rug doesn’t need to extend to the wall, but make sure there’s room to walk around the sides.
Runners work best in heavily trafficked areas. Try to cover as much of the walking distance as possible.
Traditionally for hallways, runners also make great rugs for places where there’s lots of activity and through traffic – like the kitchen. The key is to make sure they cover as much of the walking distance or kitchen area as possible. Smaller runners also work well as bedside rugs, instead of one large rug.
An illustration of a round table  with chairs on top of a round rug.
Don’t be put off by round rugs – all the same rules apply. While, they’re especially good for round dining tables or coffee tables, they work beautifully with angles too. Round rugs look great underneath small corner sofas and armchairs too.

Bigger is better

If there’s one thing you should remember, it’s that when it comes to rugs it’s better to go a bit bigger than smaller. It might sound a little strange, but bigger rugs tend to be more versatile, working better with the space and furniture you have to tie your room together.