An area rug can significantly impact the overall appearance of any space or room. The interior of a room can feel uninviting if the area rug is too small for space, whereas a rug that is too large can make the room look and feel smaller. For this reason, choosing the right sized area rug is extremely important.
A rug that is just the right size can add balance and complement the room to make its interior look flawless.
The Standard Sizes:
If you are planning to purchase a mass produced pattered rug, consider the standard sizes they come in. Generally, area rugs come in the following standard sizes:
- 3′ x 5′
- 4′ x 6′
- 6′ x 9′
- 7′ x 10′
- 8′ x 11′
- 9′ x 12′
However, if you are getting a tailor-made area rug, you have the benefit to get the size that perfectly complements your space.
How to choose the size:
One of the most common mistakes when buying a rug is selecting a size that is too small for the room.
However, the best way to determine a suitable size for your area rug is according to the placement of your furniture instead of the size of your space.
Consider how much of the floor you want to leave bare around the edges for spaces that do not have any furniture.
If you cannot visualize the rug size that would suit and complement your space, use a masking tape or anything similar that will not ruin your floor to tape the area you think should be covered by the rug. This outline can make visualizing the area easier and you can go shopping if you are satisfied with the size!
However, the above rules are nothing more than guidelines to help you. What matters the most, in the end, is what you want your space to look like so feel free to choose a size you think would be best for you!