Rug Sizes – What’s Right for Your Home?

Buying rugs for your home should be simple, right? You find a fiber and pattern or color that you like, you buy a rug, you put it on the floor. While it’s certainly possible to buy a rug this way, you’ll quickly realize that there are a lot of different rug sizes available, and it isn’t always easy to know which size will look best in your home. Area rugs are very effective at defining spaces within a room, so think about the look you’re trying to achieve, the size of the room, and the arrangement of your furniture when considering which area rug sizes will look best.

Common Rug Sizes

Rectangular and oval rug sizes:

  • 2′ x 3′
  • 3′ x 5′
  • 4′ x 6′
  • 5′ x 8′
  • 6′ x 9′
  • 8′ x 10′
  • 9′ x 12′
  • 12′ x 15′
  • 2’6″ x 8′ (runners)

Other standard area rug sizes:

Other standard area rug sizes:

  • Round: 2′ to 10′ or larger
  • Octagonal: 5′ to 8′

Choosing the Best Rug Sizes

When considering the different common area rugs sizes and which ones would look best in your home, keep the size and shape of the room in mind. A small rug is likely to get lost in a large room with a lot of open floor space, while a large rug won’t be very effective in dividing up a small room. Think carefully about the role you want the rug to play in your home and how willing you are to go outside of “traditional” room arrangements.

Living Room Rugs


Large rug sizes are common in most living rooms, as they typically act as the foundation of the sitting area. Traditionally, there are a few standard arrangements, depending on the room size, the rug size, and the furniture in the room.

  1. The standard “best” living room layout is to have a very large rug — often 9′ x 12′ or 12′ x 15′ — with all of the seating area furniture placed completely on the rug. Visually, this creates a clearly defined space and pulls all of the furniture together. If you have a sectional sofa, in particular, this arrangement works well.
  2. Often considered second best, use an 8′ x 10′ rug size and allow only the front legs of seating furniture to rest on the rug; alternately, chairs might sit completely on the rug, while only the front legs of the sofa do. This layout is often recommended for rooms in which the sofa is against a wall. For a smaller room, or one with less furniture, a 6′ x 9′ rug might be large enough.
  3. Now for the controversial option: A small rug that only the coffee table sits on. This layout is typically discouraged because it usually looks awkward and out of proportion in a larger room. That said, small area rugs can work in rooms that are also smaller, so the proportions look natural. You might also consider using several small matching rugs to tie the space together visually.

Bedroom Rug Sizes


When shopping for bedroom rugs, choose a rug size that balances the room and the bed. If you’ll be placing the rug under the bed, make sure that the rug extends out on both sides (and the foot) so that you can comfortably walk on it. Ideally, you want the entire bed and any nightstands to rest completely on the rug, which would likely mean a rug size of at least 8′ x 10′, and probably larger. You can use slightly smaller area rug sizes, turning the longer side parallel to the head of the bed and keeping the headboard and nightstands off the rug.

If you’d prefer not to hide most of the rug under bed, consider placing smaller rugs or runners along the sides. This will echo the look of a larger rug and give you plenty of comfortable softness to walk on first thing in the morning. You can also place a small rug at the foot of the bed. Runners are a great solution for rooms that contain two twin beds, although you can also decorate with a single rug, sized large enough to lay completely under both beds and any side tables.

Dining Room Rugs


The best standard area rug sizes for the dining room are 5′ x 8′ or larger, depending on the size of the table and the number of chairs. The key is that the rug size should be large enough to allow all of the chairs to rest completely on the rug, even when pulled out so that people can sit down. Rugs that are too small not only tend to look out of proportion with the table, they make it difficult for diners to push their chairs in or out without catching on the edge of the rug.

For this same reason, it’s often best to choose a round or octagonal rug to go under a round table and a rectangular rug for a rectangular table. If you have a smaller square table, you can place it on a round or octagonal rug, as long as all of the chairs fit appropriately.

Uncommon Area Rug Sizes

While all of the dimensions listed above are common area rugs sizes, there are many situations in which the “standard” isn’t what you need. Consider the size, shape, and proportions of your room when shopping for rugs, and don’t be afraid to consider custom rug sizes. In a large living room with a sectional sofa, for example, a big square area rug might better define the conversation space than a standard-size rectangular rug.

In most cases, it’s better to choose a larger rug rather than a smaller one when deciding what’s going to look right in your room. Large area rug sizes often do a better job at tying together all of the furniture in your room, helping it to feel connected as part of one unified and useful space.

Still not sure about which rug size you need? The experienced team at Natural Area Rugs is here to help! Call us at 1-800-661-7847 or use our online contact form.

Custom Rugs and Their Benefits

Sure, you can go out and buy any old area rug and take it home and throw it on the floor.  Why would you do that though?  Why not get one that will be perfect for your home in every way?  This can be achieved by getting a custom rug.


One of the benefits of getting a custom rug is that it will be able to fit anywhere.  Sometimes, hallways and rooms can have shapes that are irregular or odd, and in such cases, your standard area rug just won’t have fit right.  One of the great things about a custom area rug is that it can make your space appear to be symmetrical and neat.  Using a standard area rug just won’t give you that effect.  You can even get custom wall to wall carpeting and stair carpet if you know where to look.


When you decide to have a custom area rug made, you will have the ability to match the rug’s color to the room or space you where you will be using it.  You can spend days looking at various stores and different rugs and never find the right colors.  Being able to color match your rugs means that you will have no trouble at all in matching your rug to the rest of the room.


Do you have a material preference?  Maybe you are looking for a rug that is made from natural fibers, such as those at Natural Area Rugs.  When you order a custom rug, you will be able to choose your materials as well as those other details like borders, corners, and the like.  This means that the style will be better able to reflect your personal preferences.  You will be able to be the actual designer and this allows you to pair elements that might be difficult to find in the standard area rugs that are so common.

If you already have your dream rug pictured in your mind, the chances are good that you will never be able to find what you are looking for in a store.  Also, because this rug will be one of the staples in your home, you should never have to sacrifice any of the elements you are looking for.  The only way to do that is with a custom area rug.

Keeping Your Natural Fiber Rug Clean

Natural fiber rugs, such as those you can find at Natural Area Rugs, can be a fabulous way to bring an organic and natural feel to any interior design.  Most of the time, these rugs will be made from materials such as jute, sisal, wool, or seagrass, and because of these natural fibers, they can’t be cleaned in the same way as your everyday, run of the mill, carpets and rugs that are made from synthetic materials.  By taking the following measures to clean them, you will be ensuring that your natural fiber rugs will look fantastic for many years.


Vacuuming your natural fiber rugs on a regular basis is critical to keeping them well maintained.  This removes any loose debris and dirt before it can be ground down into the fibers and causing any damage.  Once the debris and dirt gets ground into those fibers, it can be more difficult to remove.

Raising the Stains

One critical thing to keep in mind when dealing with rugs made from natural fibers is that they do not do well when they are subjected to a lot of moisture.  Because of this, they can’t be cleaned with water and a cleaning agent like other carpets and rugs.  To get rid of lingering stains, you will need a bit of patience and a gentle cleansing solution that you can make yourself.  All you need is a teaspoon of white vinegar and a teaspoon of a mild detergent.  Mix these with a half-gallon of water that is lukewarm.  Now, take a clean, white rag and dampen it with the solution and then blot the stain with the damp rag.  Do this until the stain lifts.

Drying It’

This is also a critical step.  The reason is that if the rug isn’t dried properly, it can distort, shrink, and the corners can curl up.  A great way to dry your natural fiber area rug is to roll it in a clean, dry towel to absorb the excess moisture.  You might need to do this a few times depending on how wet the rug is.

Your natural fiber rugs can maintain all of their beauty if you care for them properly throughout the years.  By following the steps outlined above, you will be ensuring that your rug will continue to be a gorgeous part of your décor for years.


Spring Time Design Inspiration for Your Home

It is spring and this is a great time to redecorate your home.  Spring always brings new interior design trends and colors.  Take a look at what will be in fashion this year and see which of these things your home just can’t do without.

Going Green

Staying eco–friendly and going green has been in fashion for a while, but never more so than now.  If you want to give your home a new design or look that is long lasting, you can do it with a plethora of eco–friendly products.  Some of these products include things like house paint that is toxin free and cabinetry hardware that is antique.  Beyond that, you can scour the antique furniture stores for those hardwood pieces you have been longing for.

Be Natural

Nature is popular this spring too.  Because of this, you can’t go wrong with natural fabrics.  Think about seagrass, mountain grass, sisal, and jute as great fibers for natural area rugs that will be perfect for use in any room in your home.  These can soften rooms that have a bit much in the way of color and they can also give your home a more natural appearance, even if you aren’t really the type to go totally green.  You can always find a great selection of natural fiber rugs at Natural Area Rugs.

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Have a Great Color Palette

Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit… the colors, that is.  Mix those bright, bold colors with neutral tones like those found in natural fiber fabrics.  You might even think about painting a room with a bright color and then having neutral colors for the accent pieces, furniture, and rugs.  Alternatively, have a neutral color on the walls combined with bright colors for the pieces in the room.

Get Inspired

The outdoors can be a great place to get inspiration.  When you are getting your color palette together, take a look at coastlines, mountains, and beaches.  Turquoise, mossy greens, and ocean blues will be big this year, and all of these colors mesh well with neutral colors, which makes it easy to bring more definition to a room.  Try not to go overboard and make an entire room a single color though.


How to Choose a Rug for Your Bedroom

Area rugs can provide you with a surfeit of benefits in a bedroom.  They add style and a bit of personality, but they are also functional.  You can use them to hide stains on your carpet, or as a buffer for noise.  They also provide you with warmth for bare feet, while they define the specific areas in the room.


When choosing an area rug for your bedroom, it is important to think about balance as well as your personal style.  If you happen to have a lot of patterns and colors in the room, you might want to choose a rug that has natural, more muted colors, such as those found in rugs made from natural materials.  If you have a solid color theme in your room, you might want to choose a color that will not fade into the background, but will stand out and draw the eye.


Aside from styles and colors, you will be able to find area rugs made from a variety of materials.  You might be tempted to go for a fuzzy faux rug, but you also need to think about the amount of traffic it will see.  Fur and silk rugs might add a bit of shimmer to your room, but if you have kids and/or pets, it won’t be long before those materials begin to show a lot of wear.  Consider rugs made from natural materials if you want them to last.  Wool and sisal rugs can stand up to the traffic while also being simple to maintain and easy to clean.

Rugs Before Accessories

When you are looking for the ideal rug for your bedroom, you might want to find the rug before you start looking for accessories to coordinate with it.  Getting the perfect area rug that will coordinate with the décor in the room can make a massive impact that will tie the entire room together.  However, if you wait to choose the rug after you have added that last throw pillow, you might end up spending months to find the right rug to coordinate with the rest of the décor.

If you are looking for a huge selection of magnificent natural fiber area rugs for your bedroom, check out Natural Area Rugs.  Don’t forget the rug pad while you are there!

Do You Know About Our Custom Rugs and Stair Treads?

Being one of the leaders in the industry, we understand the needs of customers better than most. And while we offer an overwhelmingly large variety of products and options, we understand that some customers may still not find a perfect fit for their needs.

With that in mind, we also offer custom rugs and stair treads. As you probably already know, they are specifically designed to meet the most specific needs of our customers, and make sure that they end up getting exactly what they need. No customer having to make any compromises with their choices is a part of the exceptional customer experience we offer.

And contrary to what you may think, getting a custom product made doesn’t have to be complicated and time consuming. We make sure the process of ordering custom rugs and stair treads is pretty much as simple as just ordering the ready made products. All you need to do is: Pick your material, select the type and color of border you want, and specify the required size.

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What’s more, however, is that we also allow you to get your product as customized for your needs and preferences as possible. So besides the said details, you can also choose the shape and style of the product. The end result would probably be a product that couldn’t be more like what you’re looking for.

Apart from that, you would also be surprised by how many options you really have – in terms of the material, pattern and the overall color of the product. There’s pretty much every type of rug and stair tread you can order as a custom product with your specific requirements taken care of.

As for custom rugs, you can choose from a really wide range of categories, ranging from sisal rugs to grass rugs. Even wall-to-wall carpets are included. This helps ensure that there’s just no chance of you not finding exactly what you’re looking for. See, that’s how we go the extra mile to serve our customers the best way we can.

Even for stair treads – which otherwise doesn’t have many options – especially when you’re looking for something very specific, we manage to offer over 40 different material and design options to choose from and order with your custom requirements.

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And finally, we also understand that you may be worried about being charged ridiculous rates for your custom requirements. To your surprise, we manage to stand out even in that aspect, as our rates are highly affordable even for custom products. So if you have any custom requirements in mind, don’t hesitate: just get creative and explore our custom rugs and custom stair treads category.

Arranging an Area Rug

If you are in the market for an area rug and want it to ideally highlight your décor, you will need to think about more than the materials, color and style.  You will also need to take shape and size into consideration.

Typically, a good rule of thumb is to allow for there to be 18 inches of bare floor space around the edges of the rug.  That being said, the location and size of the room also play a part in this.  The rule just mentioned is best used in rooms that are separated or closed off from the areas surrounding it, while rooms that are smaller might look best with less of the floor exposed.

Remember that rugs that are too small can make the room it is in appear to be smaller as well as bringing an overall uncoordinated look to the room.

Before you go out and make that rug purchase, take a good look at the room it will be going in.  Think about the size of the furniture, where the doorways are and how much sun the room gets.

Living Room


How large your living room is will tell you what the ideal shape and size of your area rug should be.  If you want a rug that has flamboyant and bold patterns, consider going with one that is small enough that all of the legs of the furniture will be off the rug and surrounding it.  For a bit larger rug, consider having it go underneath the front legs of the furniture.  For a larger and more ‘together’ look, go with an even larger rug and place all of the furniture (and all legs) on the rug.  This is great in large living rooms.

Dining Room


When you are selecting a rug for your dining room, ensure that it is large enough for all of the chairs at the table to fit comfortably on it…even when they are pulled back from the table.  This should roughly be about 24 inches from the table.  For smaller dining areas, use a smaller, rectangular rug.  Larger rugs with measurements of 8’x10’ or even 9’x12’ can typically be large enough for up to 8 chairs.  Round rugs work well with square tables.


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The dimensions of your bed are important here.  If you have a full size bed, a rug that measures about 5’x8’ might be best and should be placed underneath the bed with the rug showing on the sides and the front of the bed.

For larger beds, go with larger area rugs, just remember to have the rug showing at the sides and the front of the bed.

 To check out great rugs and get more assistance with choosing the ideal one, head on over to Natural Area Rugs.