Selecting the Perfect Size Rug for Your Space

Selecting the Perfect Size Rug for Your Space

With more and more online retailers, finding the perfect rug can seem overwhelming, we understand! It’s important to remember, not all rugs are created equal. Some online retailers offer select designs that you can purchase in numerous sizes, meaning they are often mass produced and not technically one-of-a-kind. Here at LillieKat, we offer only exclusive designs, meaning you will not find another one of the same. So finding a design you love is often the easy part. Often our customers will fall in love with a rug but then beg the question, “is this rug the right size for my space?” So we thought we would share some expert advice when trying to decide which size is best for your project. 

Designer: Evan Millard / Photographer: Allison Elefante

Dining Rooms

Dining rooms often don’t present as much of a challenge but just remember, your table and chairs should all rest on the rug. Remember to allow 22-24” on all sides of the table for people to have ample space for pulling chairs in and out. Don’t forget if your table has leaves to pick a rug that will accommodate the table at maximum size.  

Living Spaces

Living Spaces vary in each home. For larger living spaces, where the furniture floats in the middle of the room, a rug should be big enough to completely fit the furniture without feeling cramped.  When your furniture runs along the walls, you will want to aim to have the two front legs of most of the furniture on the rug. This is also a great space to consider using an animal hide. For a small living space simply centering a small rug under the coffee table will work.

Designer: Anne Pulliam


There are really two options for bedrooms when placing rugs, placing the rug under the bed  to create a “frame” effect or placing runners around the bed. When framing the bed, the rug should extend 24-36” around the bed. The point of a bedroom rug is to provide a soft landing spot for your feet, so don’t worry about behind the headboard! We find that an 8x10 is often the right size for a queen and a 9x12 perfect for a king size bed. Runners are a great alternative to a large rug. Consider placing them along the sides of the bed or even along the foot of the bed. 


Kitchens tend to get a lot of foot traffic and mess, so think about small rug in front of the sink or if you have a center island or galley style kitchen consider a runner that extends the length of the island or kitchen. 


Runners are a great way to add style and dimension into an often boring hallway. Consider flanking a runner on both sides with furniture or simply allowing the runner to take up one side of the space, with furniture on the other wall.

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