A Complete Guide to Area Rug Sizes

Designing a home’s interior is an exciting process. You get to customize it to your exact specifications, down to every little detail. But one area that trips up a lot of people is selecting the perfect rug that complements the space without being too overpowering. To help you through the rug selection process, RugSpa has created a complete guide to area rug sizes to help you narrow down the options. 

Standard Area Rug Sizes

Rugs come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy to find the ideal option for any room in your home. When browsing area rugs on the Internet, you’ll notice that there are a few sizes that always seem to be available. Standard size rugs are extremely versatile and seamlessly fit into any space. However, there are some guidelines you can follow to ensure your rug fills the room proportionally. Here are some standard rug sizes and some tips for placement throughout your home:

2’ x 3’, 2’ x 4’, 3’ x 5', 4’x 6', 5’ x 7’, 5’ x 8’, 6’ x 9’, 8’ x 10’, 9’ x 12’, 10’ x 14’, 12’ x 15’, 11’ x 18’, 12’ x 18’, 12’ x 20’, 14’ x 22’, 15’ x 24’. 

Rugs that are 2’ x 3’, 2’ x 4’, 3’ x 5’, and 4’x 6’ are best utilized in a room with small square footage — think a small kitchen or a designated seating area in an entryway or sunroom. Depending on the layout of the space, you may use two of these smaller rugs to help fill the blank canvas. 

For medium-sized rooms, such as a living room or dining room, you may want to use 5’ x 7’, 5’ x 8’, 6’ x 9’, and 8’ x 10’ as your rug size options. Consider the layout and decide how much of the rug you want to be exposed versus underneath the furniture.

In rooms with ample square footage, you’ll likely need a larger rug size to proportionally fill the area. 9’ x 12’, 10’ x 14’, 12’ x 15’, 11’ x 18’, 12’ x 18’, 12’ x 20’, 14’ x 22’, and 15’ x 24’ work well underneath king-sized beds, expansive living rooms, or large dining rooms. To find the best fit for your space, pick two or three sizes to test out, allowing you to visualize how the standard size rug will work within the space.


When looking to add a rug to a narrow space within your home, you may be considering a runner. Standard runners are often placed in kitchens, hallways, and bedrooms because of their long and slender shape, often 2 ½’ x 6’. However, standard runners are also available in longer lengths which is perfect for a long hallway or expansive kitchen. Depending on the length you need, you’ll be able to find standard runners up to 20 feet long.

But sometimes 2 ½’ width of a standard runner won’t work for your space, and that’s perfectly alright! When you need a runner with a bit more width in your kitchen, hallway, bedroom, entryway, or lobby, you can opt for a kelaty runner. Kelaty runners are available in varying widths ranging from 3 feet to 5 feet, with lengths starting at 8 feet and ranging to upwards of 16 feet in length.

Rounds and Square

Depending on the size of the room, you may be looking for an alternative shape to best fill the space. Sometimes a runner is too skinny and a standard size area rug doesn’t have the right dimensions. In this instance, you may opt for a round or square rug for an entryway or hallway, or to be placed under tables or a seating area! Round and square rugs are available in the following sizes:

  • 4 feet
  • 5 feet
  • 6 feet
  • 7 feet
  • 8 feet
  • 9 feet
  • 10 feet
  • Large – custom made

Custom Size and Colors

Luckily, there’s always a plan B if you can’t find the perfect area rug for your room — a custom rug! No matter the size you’re looking for or what your dream color combination consists of, you can create a custom rug that is designed perfectly for your space. This allows you full customization of the size, shape, color, and design. Keep in mind that this option will increase the wait time for your rug to arrive since it will need to be woven from scratch. If this option excites you, contact a qualified and experienced Oriental rug dealer for this custom order.