Choosing the Perfect Size for Your Outdoor Rug: A Comprehensive Guide

As we approach the warmer months, many of us look forward to spending more time outside in our outdoor spaces. Whether it's a patio, deck, or garden, the addition of an outdoor rug can transform your space into a cosy, welcoming environment. However, picking the right size rug for your outdoor area can be daunting. Don’t worry, Rug Love is here to guide you on choosing the perfect size outdoor rug for your space!

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Understanding the Importance of Size

Before we delve into the specifics, let's first understand why rug size is important. A rug that's too small can make your outdoor space look disjointed and cluttered, while a rug that's too big can overpower your area and hide its unique features. A properly sized rug creates a harmonious balance, adding comfort and style to your space while enhancing its overall appeal.

Steps to Choose the Right Size Outdoor Rug

  1. Measure Your Space: The first and most important step is to measure the area you want the rug to cover. Use a measuring tape to get the length and width of the space. Be sure to consider furniture and other elements when measuring. It's a good idea to take measurements in both feet and centimetres, as rug sizes can be listed in either measurement.

  2. Identify the Rug's Purpose: The purpose of your rug will determine its ideal size. If you're looking for a rug to be a focal point or to define a seating area, it will need to be large enough to accommodate all furniture pieces. If it’s meant to be an accent piece or pathway runner, a smaller, narrower rug may suffice.

  3. Select a Rug Shape Based on Your Space: Rectangular rugs are the most common, but your outdoor space might be better suited to a round, square, or even an oval rug. Consider the layout of your space and your furniture arrangement when choosing the rug shape.

  4. Consider Furniture Placement: If your rug is going under furniture, make sure all furniture legs sit on the rug. For a dining area, ensure that the rug extends at least 24 inches beyond the table on all sides, so chairs remain on the rug even when pulled out. In a seating area, a rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of your furniture, creating a cohesive look.

  5. Think about Walkways and High-Traffic Areas: In areas with high foot traffic, consider a durable and appropriately-sized runner that won't trip people up. A rule of thumb for runners is to leave about 4-5 inches of space on either side.

  6. Remember, Bigger Can Be Better: If you're unsure, it's usually better to go a bit larger. A rug that's too small can make your space feel disjointed, while a larger rug can help make your space feel larger and more unified.

  7. Don’t Forget the Rug Pad: Rug pads aren't just for indoor rugs. They provide cushioning, prevent slippage, and help your rug last longer. Make sure the pad is slightly smaller than your rug, so it doesn't show.


Choosing the correct size outdoor rug doesn't have to be a challenge. By considering your space, the rug's purpose, and your furniture placement, you can easily find the perfect rug to enhance your outdoor living area. Remember, a well-chosen rug not only enhances the look of your space, but it also makes it more comfortable and inviting. Rug Love is here to help you make the right choice, so go ahead and embrace the beauty of outdoor living with the perfect rug!

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