You might think you’ve turned your home into a sanctuary. However, you will still feel like something is wrong if you end a space with an improperly sized rug. Carmeon Hamilton put it simply: “Your room needs a rug the size of a room. According to the design pro, rugs should be at least a minimum size. For example, you will need an 8 x 10 foot (or larger) rug for a living room, dining room, or bedroom.
Designer Emily Henderson shared a few more tips for finding a living room rug on her blog, Style by Emily Henderson. She recommended choosing one that is at least 6 inches wider than a sofa on both sides and suggested an ideal distance of 30 to 36 inches of space between large pieces of furniture. Also consider where your furniture lands on the carpet. Anything fully on it should not be too close to an edge, otherwise it will look like it’s about to fall. Chances are, at least two legs of a sofa must rest on a rug. Henderson claimed that you can ‘float’ a rug (meaning it doesn’t rest under the legs of sofas and chairs, like in the photo above), but it’s important to consider the proportions. If the rug is too small, it will look like a postage stamp in the middle of a desert.