Measuring a Rug

Measuring a Rug It's Never So Easy!


Before you go for a rug hunt in the market, measure the width and length of the 

your room accurately. Consider measuring the furniture which will be functional 

on that rug, such as tables, chairs, bed, sofas, chests, coffee table, hall table, TV 

unit, etc. Draw a sketch if possible of the floor plan of the furniture placement.

Consider the traffic estimates on that rug when measuring a rug. It will be far 

more easy to change furniture placement on paper than moving furniture and

around the house.


This exercise will let give an idea of the exact size and even the shape.

It is also important that you measure the exposed room area which the rug won’t

cover. It will give you the idea about the rug being too small or too big for the 

room. This is important aspect when buying the right size rug. There are heaps of softwares and online tools to help you visualize your drawings when measuring for a rug. It allows you decorate as per your needs.


  • We will start measuring Dining Room Rugs:

A rug in a dining room should be large enough to fit the table and the chairs 

when all of your guests are seated and the chairs are pulled out. This will give 

the room a balanced feeling as well as prevent your floor from getting scratches. 

Generally, your rug should be at least three feet wider and three feet longer than 

your dining table when all chairs are pushed in. Or add 48 to 60 inches to width 

of the table to accommodate side chairs and 60 to 72 inches to the length of the 

table to accommodate arm chairs.


While measuring for a rug an average sized dining room table with six chairs 

works well on an 8×10 rug. A three-foot diameter round table with four chairs 

works well on top 8’ round rug. A larger table that seats eight or ten would work 

best on a 9×12 or slightly larger. A 10×14 works best for 10 chairs.


Expose approximately three to four feet of hard surface or carpeting around the 

perimeter of the rug to give the illusion of a larger dining room. The exposed 

floor underneath also works as a border to the rug, just as a mat finishes a piece 

of framed artwork.


All other dining room furniture, such as the china cabinet, should rest on the 

floor, not on the rug.


  • Family Room or Lounge Room Rug:

There is right or wrong in rug placements. Every one different tastes and 

opinions. Rugs are a great way to define living areas within large rooms to make

them appear cozy. For instance, a conversation area can be quickly defined in 

front of a fireplace. A sofa, two chairs and a coffee table could be comfortably 

arranged atop an 8×10 rug. Then, off in a corner, a reading area with a leather 

armchair, ottoman, bookshelves and lamp table can be offset by a 

complementary 5×7 or 4×6 rug.


If your living room has a dominant focal point such as a fireplace, it’s best 

measuring for a rug with an all-over pattern so it doesn’t compete with or 

distract from the focal point.


When deciding whether to use two rugs in a room setting, it is best to vary the 

scale of the pattern and alter the design. The rugs don’t have to be identical, but 

they should match either in color tone or feeling.


  • Kitchen Area Rugs:

Mats and scatter rugs are typically the best options for kitchens and small areas 

in front of the sink or a door. The area under the kitchen table may need a 5×7

or larger depending on size of your table and room. Kitchen rug runners are also

an option if you have a long narrow kitchen, or would like to provide a walk-

through area. Most runners are two and a half to three feet wide. If you have 

enough space, expose six inches to one foot on either side of your rug runner.


  • Hallway or Stairway Rugs

Halls typically range in size from three feet wide to six feet wide. Most 

runners are two and a half to three feet wide. Expose six inches to one 

foot on either side of your runner. If you prefer not to vacuum the edges 

of the exposed floor, purchase a rug as wide as the hallway.


If you can’t find a rug long enough for your hall, mesh two of the same rug 

runners together and hold the seam together with carpet tape. It’s best to use 

runners that have the exact same simple design to help hide the center seam.


When installing runners on stairs, you can use stair rods to keep the rug in place. 

Because safety is extremely important, it is best to hire professionals to properly 

install carpet on stairways. We do not recommend that you try to install runners 

on a staircase by yourself.


If you need more advise or want to buy a rug, Buy from the experts.