What Are Standard Rug Sizes ?

Standard rug sizes play a crucial role in complementing your furniture and enhancing the overall aesthetics of your home.By understanding how to measure your floors and choosing the right rug size, you can create a well-balanced and visually appealing setup for each room.

The most common standard area rug sizes include

In this article, we'll explore the different-sized rugs and provide practical insights on how to select the perfect rug dimensions that align with your furniture and decor.

Different standard area rug sizes

It is very important to refer to an area rug size guide such as the following one to be confident while exploring a collection that may contain hundreds of designs, styles, and sizes.


Standard Rug Sizes

Large Area Rugs

The most standard area rug sizes for the large varieties are 9x12, 10x14, and 8x10 rugs. While the general trend is to place large area rugs in more spacious rooms, you can do the same even if you have a smaller apartment. All you have to do is find the right size to cover a particular room's total floor surface.

large area rug

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Medium Area Rugs

Medium size rugs are considered the most versatile and famous out of all. The standard rug sizes in feet in this category include 6x9 rugs and 5x8 rugs. These are perfect when you want the carpet to serve the purpose of a centerpiece. For example, you can place medium round rugs under your living room table or home office setup.

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Small Area Rugs

Small area rugs are meant to focus on smaller and more specific areas such as patios, entryways, kitchen sinks, bathrooms, and more. Sizes of 4x6 rugs and 3x5 rugs can fall under this category, while those bigger are in the medium group. Since these rugs are comparatively very small, it is best to use the ones in vibrant hues and signature designs to create color pops in various places around the house.

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Find the ideal rug sizes for your home

One of the worst mistakes you can make is choosing rugs that are too big or too small for a room. However, finding the correct area rug sizes will become easier with the following guide.

Standard living room rug sizes

Firstly, you must note that 8x10 and 9x12 area rugs are the most standard living room rugs sizes. Apart from this, there are a few other tips you must know before finalizing a rug for the living space of your house.

For example, you must ensure that the living room rug you select is approximately 6" to 8" wider than the couch or sofa on each side. The best way to understand the perfect size is by measuring the length of the couch beforehand.

It is best to go on the larger side so that the rug can accommodate the legs of all the furniture and accents in the room. You can also place the rug so that the front legs of the sofa are on the carpet, along with the center table and other surrounding accents.

Bedroom rug sizes

Before choosing rugs for the bedroom, the two primary questions are whether you want to cover the entire floor or just a part of it. If you go with the first option, then it is preferable that your room is a minimum of 10x10 feet to be able to accommodate a queen size bed leaving comfortable walking space on three sides.

The standard rug size for queen bed is a minimum of 5x7 or 5x8, but in this case, you cannot fit any nightstands surrounding the bed. However, if you go for a 7x10 or 8x10 one, these are considered as the standard rug sizes in feet for the bedroom. In both cases, there will be enough room left on each side of the bed to accommodate a nightstand as well as a chair or bench on the foot side.  


rug size guide for bedroom


Dining room rug sizes

The best way to find the standard rug sizes for your dining room is to measure the measure the dining table first. To the measurement, simply add an extra 36 to 48 inches along with all the extra space, if any, that the table leaves on any side.

Here, the end goal is to accommodate the table, the chairs, and also leave foot space on every side. Generally a 8x10 or a 9x12 rug is the best size to elevate the look of your dining room and add the perfect amount of color and drama to it.

While rectangular rugs are usually the first choice for the dining space, you can also find square ones at The Rug Decor. Moreover, you can explore the choices in round rugs, especially if it matches the shape of your dining table. It contributes to a more creative and stylish look of the space.

rug size guide for dining room



Stairways or runner rugs

Runner rugs are the perfect choice if you are searching for kitchens, entryways, staircases, and more. While the size of kitchen rugs is comparatively smaller in this case, that for the staircases are like rolls, which means their length is always more.

Your stairway runners can generally be 2' or 3' wide, but this can vary too. Usually, the width of runners go up when you go for longer rugs which can again range from 18’ to 20’, and even more in some cases. If you like traditional designs and materials, it is more likely that the runners will be comparatively wider than the more modern ones.

It would be best if you also remembered that the stairs in your house consists of risers and treads. Therefore, to find the perfect rug sizes, you should preferably use a 100' tape. Put one end of the tape at the top stairway, and let the rest of it flow down till the end of the stairs.

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The runner rug in this image is 2.6x8 feet

The complete area rug size guide

Placing the correct rug in your home can add an unique personality and warmth to it. Apart from this, rugs can absorb sounds, and serve as an anchor for the furniture and accents in the house. However, it is imperative that you choose the standard area rug sizes to ensure that it does not ruin the overall look of the space.

For that, you must visualize the rug placement and size beforehand, and then record the actual measurements too. You can rearrange the furniture in a particular room in advance to ensure that the rug placement can happen according to your visualization. For example, in some rooms, you may want the furniture to be the focal point and use the rug as an accent, while it can be opposite for another room.

Now use a good masking tape to make the outline of a rug to record the measurements later. Just make sure that you include approximately 10 to 18 inches of floor space to keep the finesse of the arrangement intact. On the other hand, if the furniture is not the focal point, then decide the rug size accordingly.

standard rug size guide

Rug dimensions in inches, feet, centimeters

Understanding rug sizes can be a tough process. However, breaking it down into different units of measurement can ease the whole thing. Even before checking these dimensions, it is important to measure the dimensions of your room and then decide the right size from the table below. For example, if you want to buy an 8x10 rug for a room, make sure that the room is at least 10x14

Standard Area Rug Sizes In Feet, Inches, And Centimeter

Rug Sizes In Feet (WxL)

Rug Sizes in Inches (WxL)

Rug Sizes in Centimeter (WxL)




























Other Rug Sizes dimensions

Rug Sizes In Feet

Rug Sizes in Inches

Rug Sizes in Centimeter(c.m.)

6’x6’ Round Rug



8’x8’ Round Rug



2.6’x4’ Runner Rug



2.6’x6’ Runner Rug



2.6’x8’ Runner Rug



2.6x10’ Runner Rug



2.6’x12’ Runner Rug




How do you determine the size of an area rug?

To understand the right size of area rug, it is best to first measure the dimensions of the room using a tape. Even better, if you have a rectangular rug, simply multiply its width and length to find the square foot measure. However, for a round or any other shape, finding the perimeter is the best way.

What are standard rug sizes?

While the standard rug sizes vary based on the room type and size, the common sizes available are 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 6x9, 8x10, 9x12, and 10x14.

How do you place an area rug in a bedroom? 

The best way is to place it under the bed in a way that there is still foot space left on all three sides for at least a nightstand. To know more about how to choose bedroom rug size in different bedrooms can check out this bed room rug sizes blog 

Should a rug go under a dining table?

Yes, if you are focusing on a dining table rug, it is best to place it under the table to achieve the best look.

Should a rug be centered in a room?

Yes, it is a good idea to make the rug a centerpiece of a room, but make sure it does not look odd. For that, you first have to determine the anchor accent such as the fireplace, or the windows, or the main walls, etc.

Can you put two different rugs in the same room?

When there are multiple sitting areas in a room, such as the dining area, living room, etc., multiple rugs will be required. It is preferable to pick styles that complement one another." If one rug has a pattern, the other may be more textured. A circular rug might also function in a setting with numerous rugs. Again, it depends on the size of the room and the areas you want to demarcate.

Can you use a round rug in the living room?

A circular rug for a living room if the space is really tiny and irregularly shaped, makes a standard-sized rug impossible to place without damaging a wall or piece of furniture. In this case, you may place a circular rug beneath one side of a couch so that the top of the rug is more visible (making it a focal point).

How big is 2.6'x4' area rug?

A 2.6’x4’ rug falls under the small size category. It measures 31x72 in inches and 80x22 centimeters and will look best as entryway rug and small kitchen runners. 

2.6x4 rug


How big is a 3x5 ft area rug?

This falls in the small rugs category and is 91x152 cm and 36x60 inches.


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How big is a 5x8 rug?

A 5x8 rug falls in the small rugs category and is perfect for the kitchen or bathroom.

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How big is a 6x9 rug?

A 6x9 rug is a medium size and works well for a bedroom, kitchen, and also the living room. It is 183x274 cm.

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