Most rooms need a rug – a room without a rug can appear unwelcoming and unfinished. It will transform a room, introducing a sense of luxury; the colour, pattern, and texture of the rug lends a feeling of comfort and personality to the room. Thus measuring your room for a rug before you visit Rugmart is essential to ensure that the rug fits the space appropriately and complements the room’s design. We would also recommend bringing a number of images of the room, including any fabric, carpet or floor swatches to determine the rug design and colours that will complement the area the rug is needed for
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you measure your room for a rug:
- Determine the Rug’s Purpose: Before measuring, decide the purpose of the rug. Do you want it to cover most of the room, define a seating area, or be placed under a dining table? Your purpose will determine the size and placement. We have provided a number of different options below that will help you decide this
- Gather Your Tools: Tape measure, notepad and pen, possibly a helper for larger rooms
- Measure the Room: Measure the width and length of your room. Write these measurements down. For reference, also note the location of doors, windows, and any fixed furniture if they will influence rug placement.
Capture the Room with Pictures:
- Tailored Recommendations: Along with measurements, pictures can offer invaluable context: We can show you rugs that fit perfectly in your space, eliminating guesswork.
- Style Matching: By seeing your room’s style, we can suggest rugs that complement your existing décor.
- Efficient Shopping: This ensures a smoother experience when you visit, saving you time.
Please bring these measurements and photos with you when you visit our store. Our team is eager to provide you with a selection of rugs that will beautifully enhance your space.
Living Room Rug Size Guide
Before choosing a rug, you must first understand its purpose. Do you want a rug that will be a real statement piece, or a more neutral design, which will blend seamlessly into the space, giving an overall tranquil appearance? Do you want it to unify a room or to define a space? If you are attempting to break up a room into different areas, a number of smaller rugs can do so beautifully. Before you start looking at a rug, you need to measure the size of the room it is for to try and work out the approximate space you have for a rug and any constraints such as sideboards or door openings you have. If you’re covering most of the room, leave a border around the edge. An 18-inch border is common, though this can vary based on room size and personal preference. Subtract the border size from your room’s width and length to determine the rug size.
Living Room A
Living Room B
Go for the largest size you can afford as it gives a generous, calming effect to the room – Living Room A. It’s great to be able to place furniture such as the sofa half on a rug in Living Room B, to give a wonderfully luxurious and flowing feel to the space. If you’re defining a seating area, measure the area taken up by your primary furniture pieces. Ideally, the front legs of sofas and chairs should be on the rug, or you can have all furniture legs on the rug.
Living Room C
Living Room C with Coffee Table
Small rugs can look bitty and mean in the wrong space. A common solution is to have a rug that sits within the furniture, in front of sofas and chairs. In this case, the rug should be slightly longer or wider than the furniture, and not too far from the seating in Living Room C.
Corner Sofa Rug A
Corner Sofa Rug B
If you want to unify a room, a large rug will do this effectively Corner Sofa Rug A. In this case, leave sufficient extra space around all the furniture so it does not appear ‘perched’ on the edge of the rug. Furniture around the perimeter of the room, such as sideboards and cupboards, are generally best left completely off the rug. You can opt for Corner Sofa Rug B or C below and have the rug just under the front legs of the sofa or a slight gap between the Sofa and the rug without needing to go right to the back of the sofa legs and beyond.
Corner Sofa Rug C
Dining Room Rug
For a Dining Room, a large rug under the table will deaden the sound in the room and bring colour, pattern and texture. Ideally, the rug should be in proportion to the table, and larger than it so that there is sufficient space to pull out a chair and sit down without the back legs coming off the rug. For dining rooms, measure the table, and then add at least 24 – 29 inches on each side. This ensures chairs remain on the rug even when pushed back.
The minimum that allows for this is 60cm to 75cm (24″ to 29”), so the ideal size is generally at least 1.20m to 1.50m (47″ to 59”) larger than the table in each direction. Remember that the table and chairs will mostly obscure the centre of the rug, so the most important part of the design becomes the border.
Bedroom Rug Size Guide
For a bedroom, the rug is best placed underneath the bed, framing it but stopping short of the side tables Bedroom B. This allows for rug underfoot when one gets out of bed. For Larger Bedrooms a small rug can make a bedroom look small and its elements disconnected. When in doubt go for a bigger size to help tie everything together like Bedroom A. An alternative option is to have a smaller rug on either side of the bed and front Bedroom C and Bedroom D.
Before you come in store it is recommended that you check the sizes required. We have included a list of standard sizes below to help you choose and measure the space you want to cover but you can also measure the minimum and maximum space you would like to cover with a rug and bring these measurements along so that we can work out a suitable size for the space. These sizes are for reference only and you should allow few inches less or more. Of course you can bend the rules a bit when choosing a rug, these rug size guides above are for guidance only, there isn’t a right or wrong way of putting a rug as every room is different and so is the orientation and if you have an unusual space or furniture arrangements then play around with your imagination and go with what you think best suits the room. Its not uncommon to make your perfect rug work in any space.
Rugs often come in standard sizes, so it’s helpful to know these before shopping:
|300 x 400||118 x 157||10′ x 13′|
|240 x 330||95 x 130||8′ x 11′|
|200 x 290||79 x 114||6’5″ x 9’5″|
|160 x 230||63 x 91||5’3″ x 7′ 7″|
|140 x 200||55 x 79||4’5″ x 6’5″|
|120 x 170||47 x 67||4′ x 5’6″|
|80 x 300||32 x 118||2’6″ x 10′|
|80 x 150||32 x 59||2’6″ x 5′|
|70 x 240||28 x 95||2’3″ x 7’9″|
|70 x 140||28 x 55||2’3″ x 4′ 6″|
|60 x 110||24 x 43||2′ x 3’6″|
|60 x 90||24 x 36||2′ x 3′|
|200 x 200||79 x 79||6’5″ x 6’5″|
|180 x 180||71 x 71||6′ x 6′|
|160 x 160||63 x 63||5’2″ x 5’2″|
|140 x 140||55 x 55||4’6″ x 4’6″|
|120 x 120||47 x 47||4′ x 4′|
Half Moon Rugs
|70 x 140||28 x 55||2’3 ” x4’6″|
If you want to match the Rug with any curtains, cushions, sofa or carpet its ideal if you bring along a small sample or swatch of the fabric, this will help you select a rug in the color you want or if you are not sure come in store and with a massive selection to choose from you will surely find something inspirational!
Once you’ve found rug perfection, you’ll want to keep it looking new for as long as possible. If you spend just a few minutes per week preening and grooming your rug, you’ll keep that showroom appeal!
A chore that should be exclusive to Cinderella. However, If you hoover your rug every other week with a good suction hoover it will prevent dirt and grit filtering into the pile and keep your RUG looking fabulous.
If you have opted for a pure wool rug, expect some natural shedding, however long. Stray fibres should be cut even with the rug surface, never pull a stray thread. Give your rug a chance of direction, rotate your rug weekly, so that its not affected by direct sunlight and receives the same amount of wear and tear evenly.
Nasty Stuff (Spills)
Oops! It’s going to happen, at some point wine, tea or juice will be spilt on your RUG. After you’ve cursed yourself (or others!), act quickly. Grab a clean white cloth or paper towel and dab the spilt liquid. Do not rub, this will cause the spillage to spread, dab with carpet cleaner until the stain has been removed, Pat excess moisture with a paper towel and allow this to dry, on stubborn stains, particularly dark stains on a light-coloured rug, the cleaning process will need to be repeated.
Never use a spot cleaner on a wool rug this will ‘set’ the stain, making it impossible to remove.
Anti Slip Grippers For Rugs
Get yourself a Rug Underlay and make sure your RUG doesn’t slip and slide with an anti-slip underlay for Carpet – Wood – Tiles. Available in-store and Online.