Choose the Right Rug for Your Space

Area rugs provide cushion, comfort, and warmth to a space that has tile or wood floors.  They can also serves as that final design piece that ties the room together.  We have basic tips and tricks to choose the right rug for your space.

Spend Smart

When it comes to purchasing anything for your home (or anything at all), you should always make sure you are purchasing within your means.  When it comes to good, quality rugs, it is easy to spend a large amount.  If this means living with an empty space while you save up, that’s okay! You can dream of the beautiful space you’re going to create and be proud of you smart saving.

A general rule for selecting a budget for your area rug, is to consider the other furniture and decor items throughout the space.  Set your price limit before you shop and add about 10% to give yourself a little flexibility in case you LOVE something a little more pricey (don’t worry we all do it).

Size Matters

While area rugs are mainly used to create a sense of warmth and comfort in a room; in design terms, they are used to create a focal point.  With this goal in mind, you need to determine the appropriate size for the room and the furniture.  If the rug is too big for the space, it will look more like wall-to-wall carpeting.  Too small, it can fail to be the focal point and make the room look awkward.  Follow these guidelines below when selecting the size for your area rug.

Living Room:

  • For large living rooms with furniture placed in the center of the room choose either 9′ x 12′ or 11′ x 14′.
  • For a living room that has furniture place along the wall, you’ll want to cover half of the furniture piece.  To do so, select either a 6′ x 9′ or 8′ x 10′.
  • In a small living room, you will want to center your rug and can go for a smaller rug.  Try either a 4′ x 6′ or 5′ x 7′.


  • When it comes to choosing a rug for your hallway, it’s best to use a single runner to add some drama to the space.  Choose a 2’6” x 8′ or 3′ x 12′ to accomplish this goal.

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  • In an open kitchen area, it is best to just add a rug in front of your sink.  This adds a warm spot for your feet and added cushion when doing the dishes. Try a standard 2′ x 3′ rug.
  • If you have a galley kitchen, a runner would be the best option.   A 2’6” x 8′ or 3′ x 12′ would be perfect!

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Dining Room:

  • Dining rooms are a little easier when choosing the correct rug size, the table and chairs should all rest on the rug.  A tip when selecting the your rug is that you should have about 24” extending past each side of the table to avoid chairs going off the rug when pushed back.  Standard dining room rugs are either 8′ x 10′ or 9′ x 12′.


  • The key to selecting an area rug for your bedroom is making sure it extends 36” around each part of the bed.  For a queen bed choose a 8′ x 10′ and a king bed should use a 9′ x 12′.
  • Another option you have is to place runners around the sides of the bed.  In this case choose a 2′ 6” x 8′ or 3′ x 5′.

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Rug Pads to the Rescue

While many believe the main purpose of a rug pad is to prevent the rug from slipping, a pad can also add more comfort to the rug and help protect it for years to come.  AmeriClean offers two different rugs pads for purchase.  Read more here.

About AmeriClean, Inc.

AmeriClean, Inc was established in 1986 by Bob Eriks in a small warehouse as a provider of Fire Damage Restoration for Northwest Indiana.  Fast forward to today and AmeriClean’s services include CarpetUpholsteryAir Duct,  Area RugCeramic Tile Cleaning; as well as: Water Damage RestorationFire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation.  With 30 years of experience, AmeriClean, Inc. is now a leading name in residential and commercial properties for cleaning and restoration needs.  For more information, visit our website or call 800.654.9101.

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