Vintage rug sizes by room - a guide


Choosing the right rug size is like picking the perfect pair of shoes - it needs to fit just right! If your rug is too large for a room, it can make the room feel smaller,  on the other hand, if your rug is too small, it can look out of place and feel disjointed. So, let's get into how to choose the perfect rug size for different rooms in your home! 

Choosing the right rug size is an important part of interior design, and depends on the size and layout of your space. It doesn't have to be hard. Here are a few rules designers use:

First up, your living room rug, a red carpet for your coffee table and sofas. We typically use around 12x15 to 8x10's but never these sizes exactly, because you know, vintage sizing is not the same as a big box store. You have choices here- either have all legs touch or only the front legs touch the rug (we are talking chairs and couches and side tables here, not your legs, that's just weird). 

All legs- Have each furniture leg touching the rug, spill the rug 6" to 18" on each side of the furniture. You've usually gotta go bigger for all legs. Leave at least 6" from the rug to the wall, any closer and it could look cramped.

Front legs- this option feels more relaxed. Give yourself at least 6" on each side of the sofa, more if you have side tables. Having your chair legs touch the rug gives the space cohesion and defines the space. You can use smaller rugs for this method, 10x14 or 9x10 or even 8x10 rugs work well.

Secret third option- If a giant vintage rug isn't in budget RN, get a 5x8 and layer it over a jute rug. Just make sure the jute meets all or front leg.

Moving on to the bedroom, where the magic happens. Having a vintage rug be the first thing to greet your feet in the am is the perfect way to start your day. Consider the room, bed and nightstands:

King bed- Start with a 9x12  and float the rug 6" from the front of the nightstands. We generally recommend to not exceed the nightstands. You can also do two 4x6 rugs for a cozier look.

For a queen we recommend an 8x10 rug, same rules. 

For a twin bed, a 5x7 works great.

Two twin beds you can do a 4x6 in between or even a runner. The options are endless.

In the dining room, a rug can protect the flooring, add color, and define the dining space. Vintage rugs are high hiding so don't be worried about using them in dining rooms. Make sure it is large enough to accommodate your table and chairs with enough wiggle room to move around. A rug that extends at least 24 inches beyond the edges of the table will allow for easy movement of chairs. For a typical dining room, a rug around 9x12 is a great option, for slightly smaller tables, try an 8x10. Remember to leave a bit of floor if you're going area rug, at least 6" is preferred.

Vintage runners are perfect for bathrooms. Put one in front of your sink and it will bring comfort and color and style to your bathroom. Have the runner be slightly smaller than your vanity and you're good to go.

Don't forget your office, you deserve to have a vintage rug in this hardworking room. If you're going area rug, keep 6" from big furniture pieces like the credenza you keep all your tiles and the wall.

The entryway is a favorite vintage rug moment. Want to set the tone of your whole home? pair a vintage rug and a cool entry table, done. Keep 6" to 12" from your walls and don't feel the need to go right in front of the door, float it. Depending on your entry size you can use 3x5's to 6x10's.

Hallways and walkways are perfect spots for a vintage runner or rug. Place behind a couch to add color and texture (and to protect your floors).

Finally, the kitchen, the heart of the home, where you cook up a storm and dance around with a glass of wine in hand orrrr where you do most of your postmates unboxing. Truly, a kitchen rug is a must as it adds color, warmth and comfort to what can be a stark, cabinet-filled space. Whether you choose a small rug in front of the sink or a larger rug in the center of the room, or a runner, or maybe your space can accommodate more than one rug. 

Popular kitchen size rugs include traditional runners (2.5 x 8 to 12 feet), 2x3, 4x6 and 5x8.  Remember to keep 4" to 12" from your cabinet front to your rug and always make sure to use a rug pad to keep things safe when you're handing pots and pans.

Choosing the right rug size for different rooms in your home is a balance between style and functionality. By following these tips and considering your personal preferences, you can choose a rug that not only looks great but also enhances the overall feel of your home.

And, as always, reach out to us if you've got questions!


xx Nicole