January 07, 2021 4 min read

The style and size of your rug can make or break a room. Area rugs are a great way to add interest and warmth to your space, but the wrong one will ruin your look.

Not everyone can hire an interior design expert to help. Luckily, there are plenty of decorating tips available online. Before you take on a do-it-yourself design project, research how to select the proper rug style and rug size for your room. 

If you're not sure where to begin, keep reading. Here's our complete guide to choosing the perfect area rug.

Rug Pile

Rugs are made up of many loops. A rug's pile is the length of its loops, and the options range from flat-woven to shag. Low pile rugs are thin, while high pile rugs are thick. 

Flat-woven rugs are durable and easy to clean with a vacuum. They are great for warm climates. Many people prefer to use them in high-traffic rooms and hallways. 

High pile rugs are soft and thick, but they can be hard to care for. The long fibers tend to get stuck in vacuums, so you'll need a special attachment. High pile rugs will also show indentations from furniture over time. 

Of course, there are many medium pile rugs available as well. Rugs with medium-length loops can be a smart compromise. 

Popular Rug Styles

Before you begin your rug search, it helps to know about the basic rug styles you'll encounter. These are a few of the most popular types today. 

Moroccan Rugs

Moroccan rugs have been woven by the country's indigenous people for thousands of years. Wool is the traditional material. High pile designs are created in the cooler mountainous regions, while low pile rugs are more common in the hot Saraha Desert.  

Black and white Beni Ourain rugs are the most recognizable Moroccan design. They are versatile, soft and available in a variety of handwoven patterns. 

Jute Rugs

Rugs made from jute and other natural fibers are neutral and durable. They are textured and sometimes include a woven rug pattern. 

Many natural fiber rugs are designed for indoor-outdoor use. Use them to add a coastal touch to your sunroom or screened porch. 

Persian Rugs

Low and medium pile Persian rugs are a classic, traditional style. Often woven in rich colors, they are embellished with symmetrical medallions and floral patterns.  

Wool, cotton, or silk versions can elevate your formal living room or dining room. 

Dhurries and Kilim Rugs

Dhurries and kilim rugs are flat-woven. They come in bold patterns and colors. Look for cotton, wool, jute, or silk options. 

These rugs are affordable, so designers often place them in hallways and children's rooms. They are also reversible, so when they get dirty or worn you can flip them over. 

Overdyed Rugs

Overdyed rugs are one of the hottest current trends. To make them, vintage rugs are dyed in a single, rich color. The process showcases the rug's original pattern and gives it new life.  

Choose an overdyed rug as a statement piece if you want to add a bright pop of color to your room.

This list of rug types is just the beginning. When you shop for rugs, you'll discover endless options from all over the world, in an array of sizes. Enjoy searching for something unique and one-of-a-kind. 

How to Chose the Right Rug Size

Choosing the right rug size for your room is an essential step. If your rug is too large or too small, it will look misplaced. 

Here are a few tips for selecting a rug size that will work for any room you are decorating. Before you make a purchase, consider using painter's tape to visualize the dimensions of your new rug. 

If you find a small rug that you want to use in a large room, layer it! A patterned kilim looks beautiful on top of a basic jute rug. 

Living Room

There are a few common rug size options for your living room. 

A 9x12 or larger rug should be placed under all of your sofa or sectional's legs, your coffee table, and any accent chairs. 

A medium sized rug, usually 8x10, works best under just the front legs of your sofa and chairs, with a coffee table in the center.

A smaller rug can be centered under the coffee table. Interior designers advise against going too small – your rug should not be more than 5" from the surrounding furniture. 

Dining Room

In the dining room, choose a large rug that can contain the table and chairs, even when people are seated. The exact size will vary depending on the measurements of your furniture. 


In your bed room, place the rug under your bed horizontally. Position it with one edge a few inches from the front of your bedside tables. 

For a king bed, buy a 9x12 rug. A rug with 8x10 measurements is large enough for a queen or full bed. If you have a 6x9 rug, move it out from your bedside tables so approximately half is visible in front of the bed. 


It's fine to be more playful with rug shapes and sizes in a children's room or playroom. Look for bright colors and irregular shapes—go wild. 


Add a soft rug to your bath room design so you can step out of the shower into total comfort. Choose a small, rectangular rug. Common sizes are 2x3, 3x5, and 4x6. 

Essential Rug Tips

Your rug can be neutral and functional, or it can serve as your statement piece. Buy what you love, not what's trendy. Your room aesthetic should make you smile every day. 

Avoid impulse shopping. A good rug is an investment. Take your time and find a floor piece you'll truly enjoy.

When you purchase a rug, always include a rug pad with your order. It will eliminate slippage and add comfortable cushioning. 

Complete Your Room With the Perfect Rug

The perfect rug in the right rug size will make your room shine. The best rugs combine comfort and style and complement your home's existing decor. 

Have fun shopping for rugs, and try not to get overwhelmed. There are so many to choose from, but you will know when you find "the one". 

Are you in need of some inspiration? Check out our top selling rugs to see what other rug shoppers are loving right now. 

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