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Floor Rug Size Guide to Help You Select the RIGHT Size Area Rug!

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Have you ever wondered what size floor rug you need for your space?

No room is really complete without adding a little texture, colour, and pattern – especially underfoot. But did you know, selecting the RIGHT size floor rug, is just as important as selecting a design style or colour palette?

A well-chosen floor rug can add warmth and personality to a room. It can also serve to visually anchor your furniture layout and absorb noise in high traffic rooms. Whether rectangle, round or runner; the perfect size and shape is important for good design balance. 

But the key is to find the right area rug in the RIGHT SIZE. Because an area rug that is the wrong size has the opposite effect that you want – it actually takes style away from the room.

Here’s a handy area rug size guide to help you select the right size area rug for your space!

The size and shape of a rug can help to define the sitting and dining area, or accent areas of a space by emphasizing groupings of furniture. Area floor 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. The main rule for all spaces where you are considering placing a floor rug, is that the size of the rug doesn’t overpower the space but still provides comfort and practicality.

Bigger is Better!

More often than not, usually due to either a misjudgment of scale or just because a smaller rug costs less, people choose a rug that is too small for a space. Quite often budget is the deciding factor when choosing a floor rug for your space. But if you choose well and choose the larger floor rug option, you will be much happier with your choice long term, than if you go with a floor rug that is to small.

In The Living Room


The most classic area floor rug size for the living room is to place all of the furniture entirely on the rug (like the example at the top in the above image). Don’t let your budget limit your choice of a larger sized rug for your space. The exact size will depend on the size of your furniture and the size of your room.

For a grander statement in larger areas; choose a 320cm x 230cm  or  400cm x 300cm rug.

If budget is a limitation, then at least make sure your floor rug will accommodate all four legs of your coffee table and go under the front feet of your sofa or other 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, a plain textural floor rug, or an all-over or repeating pattern should be considered.

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Dining Room

A good rule of thumb is that area rugs should be 1m  – 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.

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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.

In most average sized 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.


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 your outdoor furniture, or simply one that allows for the front legs of your furniture grouping to rest upon it.

So, how do your area floor rugs measure up?