by The Rug Truck October 31, 2019 3 min read

What Size Area Rug Goes in Your Living Room?

Area rugs are a great tool to use to really bring the design of a room together. You can use them to tie a color scheme together, add a pop of color to your space, or to partition a large space. A living room is one of the most common places to introduce an area rug.

However, with so many size possibilities for a living room, you may be wondering where to start. With our simple guide, you will be able to choose the perfect size area rug for your living room in no time!

Table of Contents

1. Measuring and Placing Your Area Rug

2. Illustrations

3. Our Recommendations

Measuring and Placing Your Area Rug

American living rooms tend to range from 200-600 square feet, with the average living room landing at around 400 square feet. The most common mistake we see is area rugs that are too small for rooms. More often than not, the "designer look" is to make sure at the very least, the front legs of all furniture are on the rug. This helps anchor all of the furniture, leaving the space with a more cohesive look. If space permits, the best route is to choose the largest area rug your room can accommodate.

  • The first thing you want to do to figure out what area rug size is best is to measure your room. When you measure, it is important to consider any immobile furniture. Things like built-in bookcases, fireplaces, or any excessively heavy furniture that you would not want to move. These objects often stick out of the walls, so it is important that they are taken into consideration when you measure and eliminate which size area rug will not fit.
  • After you measure, it's important to eliminate which standard rug sizes will be too big for your room. Standard living room rug sizes are 5x8, 6x9, 7x9, 8x10, 9x12, 10x13 and 11x15. Once you have your maximum square footage, work your way down from the biggest standard area rug size (11x15) to the smallest, (5x8) determining which of the biggest size will fit.
  • When you have determined the largest and best size for your room, double-check to make sure that you have at least 12 inches of hardwood, tile, or carpeting exposed all around the rug. You do not want your area rug closer than 12 inches to your walls. Area rugs can come as close as 1 inch away from furniture around the perimeter of the room or fireplace hearths, but if your doors open inwards, make sure you have enough door clearance to open the door above the rug. Pile heights for area rugs can be found in the product descriptions.
  • Unless you are interested in purchasing a custom-sized rug, it is very important to keep in mind that area rug sizing is standardized. When you are measuring, remember that area rugs only come in a select amount of sizes, so while you will be able to customize your furniture configuration around your rug, you can only customize your rug size to the extent at which they are available.
  • The final step before you make your purchase is to mark your final rug size corners with painter's tape to help you visualize how the rug will look. If you really want to mimic how a certain size area rug will look, open newspapers in the shape and size of the rug you have decided on and place them in your living room. This will help you visualize what the rug will look like in proportion to your room.
  • Here are two illustrations to help you visualize how the rug placement can be:

    An illustration of a living room with a couch, table, and two sofa chairs with a green and pink area rug underneath the foot of all three. An illustration of a living room with a sofa and table, a green and pink area on the floor surrounds the furniture entirely.

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    Our Recommendations

    Here are some of our favorites that will add an ever needed pop of color to your living room!

    5’x8’ Area Rugs

    Monaco MOC-2300 Bright Blue

    Adria AD08 Charcoal

    6’x9’ Area Rugs

    Karastan Euphoria Cashel Abyss Blue

    Adria AD12 Aqua

    7’x9’ Area Rugs

    Anastasia AF-04 Ant Ivory/Rust

    Anastasia AF-06 Blue/Ivory

    8’x10’ Area Rugs

    Adria AD18 Rust

    Aspen AS05 Demin

    9’x12’ Area Rugs

    Alder AL07 Medium Gray

    Adele AD03 Terracotta

    10’x13’ Area Rugs

    Madcap Cottage Palm Beach Pink

    Madcap Cottage Palm Beach Green


    11’x15’ Area Rugs

    Safavieh Evoke 220 Grey/Gold

    Safavieh Evoke 226 Ivory/Grey