Rugs take up most of the visual space in a room, so it's important to choose the correct size, a design you love, made in the materials that work for your lifestyle.

Rug Sizes 101

Ideally, the rug would be the first thing you purchase for a space. This may surprise you. When I first speak with a client, they often focus on what color should I paint the walls or what size sofa should we purchase? Purchasing the rug first enables you to design the rest of the room around its color and shape. Your choices of fabric and paint color are so much easier to choose if you allow the rug to be the initial blueprint.

So, what size do you really need? Let’s explore the best solutions for the main rooms of your home – Bedrooms, Living/Family Room and Dining Rooms.

Living/Family Room

There are ideally two options. Choose a rug large enough to fit all the furniture on top of it, or just the front legs of the furniture.

Best Choices for Rugs
Interior Rugs

In the photo above we see the furniture with all legs on the rug.

Rugs for Interior Design

In this photo above we see just the front legs of the furniture on the rug, which allows for a smaller size.

Interior Design Rugs

A third option, for a more casual, inexpensive solution, would be to float a small rug in front of the sofa.


Lay the rug perpendicular to the bed and pull it part of the way under, stopping before your side tables.
This one is a bit tricky – you want to have rug under your feet when you get out of bed.

Bedroom Rugs
Bedroom Rugs for Interior Design

Dining Rooms

Your chairs should sit comfortably on the rug, even when you pull them out to sit down. Choose one that’s roomy enough and center it under the table.

Blue Dining Room Rug
White Dining Room Rug

Considering purchasing a rug or furniture for your home? Call Susan Marocco Interiors for a complimentary consultation. 914.234.7066.

Susan Marocco NY

Susan Marocco Interiors is a full service interior design firm, staffed with professional American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) who have the training and expertise to plan, schedule, execute and manage your project from concept to completion. Our firm creates interiors that are elegant, distinctive and comfortable. Our inspiration comes first from listening. We then meld our skills and experiences to our clients' wants and needs. We develop design solutions that reflect their taste and lifestyles.

To find out how Susan Marocco Interiors can help you with all your design needs, please contact us today!


  1. Carollee Cabot on October 30, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Hi Susan,

    Great information, thanks for sharing.

    Best regards,


  2. Susan on October 30, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you Carollee, I’m glad you found the blog informative.
    Best regards,

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