Is It Better for a Rug To Be Too Big or Too Small

The Ideal Rug Size: A Balance of Aesthetics and Functionality

Choosing the perfect rug for your space is not just about picking a design or colour you love — though that's certainly a major part of it. It's also about selecting the right size for your room. Whether a rug is too big or too small can have a dramatic impact on your space, affecting not just the aesthetics, but also the functionality of the room.

A rug that is too small can make a room appear disjointed and uninviting. Conversely, an oversized rug can overcrowd a room, making it seem smaller than it actually is. Striking a balance is essential, and we're here to guide you in finding the perfect fit.

How to Determine the Right Rug Size for Your Space

The main factor to consider when selecting a rug size is the layout of your furniture rather than the overall size of the room. Understanding the standard rug sizes and how they relate to your furniture will help ensure a harmonious balance in your space.

Here are some standard rug sizes and how they correlate with common furniture items:

  • 80 x 150cm or 2’7’’ x 4’11’’: Ideal for compact spaces, slightly larger than a standard coffee table.
  • 120 x 170cm or 3’11” x 5’7’’: Approximately the length of a two-seater sofa, perfect for smaller living rooms.
  • 160 x 230cm or 5’3’’ x 7’7’’: Nicely fits under a six-seater rectangular dining table.
  • 200 x 300cm or 6’7’’ x 9’10’’: Great for larger living rooms or under a standard double bed.
  • 240 x 340cm or 7’10’’ x 11’2’’: Ideal for spacious living rooms or under a king or super king size bed.
  • 280 x 360cm or 9’2’’ x 11’10’’: Works well with large corner sofas or as an area rug in large living rooms.

Remember, these are just general guidelines. Every space is unique, and your perfect rug size may not fit neatly into these categories.

Useful Rug Sizing Tips

Here are some tips to help you pick the right rug size for every room:

  1. Position your rug to reflect your room shape: The shape of your rug should mirror the shape of your room. For example, a rectangular room will look best with a rectangular rug.
  2. Follow the 18-inch rule: When choosing a large area rug, allow an 18-inch gap between the rug edges and the room's walls. For smaller rooms, an 8–10 inch gap may be more appropriate.
  3. When in doubt, go larger: If you’re uncertain between two sizes, it's often better to go for the larger size. A slightly-too large rug can make your space feel bigger, while a too-small rug can do the opposite.
  4. Use tape for visualisation: Use masking tape to outline the dimensions of your potential rug on your floor. This helps visualise how the rug will fit with your furniture and whether it will obstruct any doors or cupboards.

The Role of Rug Size in Different Rooms

Let’s delve deeper into how rug sizes work in different spaces:

  • Living room: Your rug should serve the function of the room. It could be a statement piece, or it could bring your furniture together. For a spacious feel, consider a layout where half of your furniture rests on the rug and the other half on the floor.
  • Dining room: The shape of your dining room rug should mirror your table. It should be large enough for diners to sit and stand without the chair legs getting caught on the edge of the rug.
  • Bedroom: The rug size depends on whether you want your bed to rest on the rug or if you prefer a 'floating' rug. Consider an under-bed layout for a calm and balanced aesthetic, or a twin rug layout for a contrasting look.

In conclusion, there's no universal answer to whether a rug should be too big or too small. It all depends on the specific needs of your space. However, the key takeaway is this: when in doubt, a slightly larger rug often yields better results than one that's too small. With these guidelines in hand, you're well-equipped to make the right choice for your home. Happy decorating!

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