RUG SIZE GUIDE
The first thing to decide upon is the size of a rug. Measure up and select the optimal size before moving on to design, colour and composition selection.
The size of a rug is vital for connecting a room and tying everything together to create a balanced space. In an open plan room, a rug can define an area and enhance a rooms overall aesthetic.
The size and shape of a rug can help define sitting, dining or accent areas of a space by emphasising groupings of furniture. Area rugs can be used to define space in a room. Smaller rugs can be used on their own or layered together to create a warm and homely environment.
Rug size examples:
160 x 230cm
200 x 290cm
250 x 350cm
300 x 400cm
Go for the largest possible size that fits, as it will unify a room and define the space you want to cover. A rug that is too small, will make the room look smaller and can also make furniture appear disconnected.
The most popular shape is rectangular for living, dining, bedrooms and narrow hallway runners.
However, a round rug is a delightful choice in bedrooms or can add a point of interest to a living space, playroom or study.
If you’re feeling extra creative you can custom design a rug shape especially for your space, which can be made to order. The choice is yours dependent on budget, dimensions of the room and the purpose of the rug.
The Living Room
LIVING ROOM FLOATING LAYOUT – For open planning living
In open plan living rooms, a rug should be big enough to fit under all four legs of each couch, sofa and arm chair. It will define the space and be in proportion with the size of furniture and surrounding space, whilst creating a relaxed and casual feel to a space.
CLASSIC LIVING LAYOUT – For classic living
In rooms where furniture is up against the wall, a rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all lounge suit items. For a more formal look and feel, opt for the legs to be placed off the rug completely. See examples below.
Don't be afraid to choose a larger sized rug for your space. For a grander statement in larger areas; choose a 280x190cm, 320x230cm or 400X300cm rug.
Make sure your rug will accommodate all four legs of your coffee table. You may want to choose a rug large enough to accommodate all of your rooms furniture, or simply the front legs of your furniture grouping.
If the rug is to be the focal point, a large design element should be used to draw the eye down toward the space. If a piece of furniture or an architectural feature is to be the primary focus of the room, an all-over or repeating pattern should be considered.
For dining room you’d want to have the rug that covers the table and the chairs. The rug needs to be big enough so that the chairs are pulled in and out on the rug. To do this you need to measure the length and width of the table.
Next pull out a chair as if you are going to sit on it and measure the distance between the back of the chair and the table. Double up this distance and add it to both length and width of the table to get an approximate size for the rug you’ll need.
Dining Table – Length 2.00 Meter, Width 1.0 Meter
Chair and the distance allowed for sitting on it, say 100 cm
Approx. –Length 2.00+2 x1.00 = 4.00 Meters, Width 1.0+2 x1.00= 3.00 Metres
A good rule of thumb is that area rugs should be 1 - 1.5m larger in length and width to the dining room table - you should be able to pull a chair out and sit at the table without the chair legs falling off the edge of the rug. Placing a rug under the dining table defines the dining area without confining it. If spills are a consideration, choose materials that are spill or stain resistant such as Heat Set Polypropylene for carefree dining.
There are three room setting
- The entire Bed sits on the rug – Measure the length and the width bed plus any length and width you’d like showing around the bed
- Rug covering half the bed – Measure the length and half it, then measure the width of the bed, plus
- Rug sits at the bottom of the bed – Measure the width of the bed. This will be the length of your rug you’ll need
Choosing a rug large enough to accommodate the rooms furniture, with a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all sides of the bed can create a sense of grand splendour. You can also choose a smaller rug to add an accent to your bedroom - large rugs will create a sense of space, while smaller sizes will create a cosy sensation and can make your setting appear smaller as well.
As many average sizes rooms, the bed will cover the majority of the rug, so you may want to choose smaller rugs to be placed around or at the front of the bed instead.
Kitchen, Laundry and Bathroom
Using rugs as an accent in the kitchen, laundry and bathroom is increasingly popular. Popular choices are waterproof indoor/outdoor rugs; handmade vintage rugs for the bathroom; or runners in the kitchen to be placed along the edge of a kitchen island or as a mat in front of the kitchen benches. Cotton flat woven rugs are also a great choice for laundry and bathroom; as they are lightweight, colourful and easy to clean.
Rugs have the ability to personalise and add comfort to any outdoor setting and are becoming increasingly popular.
All our outdoor rugs are waterproof, UV stabilised, washable and won't fade or warp under the harsh Australian sun. Many outdoor rugs are beautiful enough to be used indoors, especially in areas where spills are a concern such as kitchen, dining and bathroom areas.
Choose a rug large enough to allow for a symmetrical border of exposed decking or patio material on all four sides or, in smaller areas, a size that will provide equal borders top and bottom and side to side. You may want a rug large enough to accommodate all of your outdoor furniture, or simply one that allows for the front legs of your furniture grouping to rest upon it.
Below are the approximate rug sizes and with potential room settings.
Dimensions (Cm) Size Suitable Area
120 x 170 Small Coffee table, children room, Entry area
160 x 230 Medium 2-3 Seater Sofa
200 x 290 Large 3 Seater Sofa, or 4-6 seater dining table
240×330 X Large 2 x 3 Seater Sofa or 8 seater dining table
380×390 XX Large Large Rooms, 10-12 seater dining table
80 x 300 Short Runner Short Hallway