WHAT SIZE SHOULD AN ENTRYWAY RUG BE?
The rule of thumb for any rug size is to allow at least 30-60cm of floor space between the wall and the edge of the rug. Use these guidelines to help you decide how much flooring you want to show. For example, you may want to showcase your beautiful hardwood floors, or if your entryway floor is worn, you might cover it with a rug sized 170x120cm or 230x160cm placed horizontally. Note that smaller entryways can get away with less space from the wall.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR ENTRYWAY FOR YOUR RUG - PART 1
If you're trying to figure out what size entryway rug would be best for your space, you'll start by measuring the area. Here's a quick three-step guide to measuring your entryway:
1. Use a measuring tape to measure the width of your entryway at the narrowest point. This will be in the hallway directly in front of the entryway door in most homes. Our example entryway will be 120cm wide.
2. Measure the length of your entryway with your measuring tape. For most spaces, you'll start at the front door and measure the length until the entryway opens up into the rest of the home. Our example entryway will be 250cm long.
3. Subtract 60cm from both measurements – the result is the maximum size rug you can fit in the entryway. This number will help you find the best size rug for your entryway. Our example entryway would have a maximum 80x200cm rug size.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR ENTRYWAY FOR A RUG - PART 2
Subtracting 60cm from the dimensions of your entryway will leave 30cm between the edges of your rug and walls. If you have the space to leave 45cm or 60cm, multiply your chosen distance by two (e.g., 45 x 2 = 90; 60 x 2 = 120) and use your resulting number instead of 60cm.
In the example entryway from above, entryway rug size guides would likely recommend a 80x200cm runner. However, depending on your floorplan and furniture, the maximum size may not be the best dimensions for your entry rug.
For example, the best size rug for a 400x400cm room with an entryway door might not be 340x340cm if you have standing furniture (such as a console table) in the space. Instead, you might prefer a 270x270cm area rug or a 300cm diameter round rug.
Always pick a rug shape that matches or complements the entryway – matching is usually preferred, as it protects more of the floor.
WANT MORE RUG SIZE INFO?
What sizes do rugs come in? How do I know what size and shape would look best? Check out our guide to rug sizes for help answering these questions. There, you'll find a rug size comparison chart for each room to help you decorate.