AREA RUG MANUFACTURERS
Custom Size Rug Guide
There’s no denying the power of a rug to pull a room together. Whether you are looking to create a comfortably snug space or a lively and spacious one, follow our “rules” below for designing the perfect size rug.
The beauty of our customization is this, we can coordinate different sizes in the same material whatever your circumstance.
We are excited to offer custom size rugs “to the inch”. Our rugs can be as wide as 16’4” (depending on material) and as long as required for your space.
In regard to design, nothing is worse than a too small rug in a dining area.
The perfect size will allow the chairs to be accessed while all 4 legs stay on the rug. First, determine the size of your table. Then, add 24″ – 36” to each of the four sides. This will be the size of your rug. While 24” is functional if chairs are smaller scale, 30” is optimal, and 36” may be required when large scale upholstered chairs are utilized. The minimum border of bare floor is 4”.
(If the 24″ – 36” rule cannot be realized in a room leaving at least a 4” border, you may need to consider a smaller table for the room or install wall to wall carpeting.)
Illustration of 36” of rug extending beyond all sides of the table and an 18” border around the room.
Illustration of 24” of rug extending on all sides of table.
Illustration of 48” round dining table and custom size 9’6” round rug. This shows the perfect dimension – 30” of rug material extending beyond the edge of the table.
Illustration of 60” round dining table and custom 11’3” square rug is an example of perfect spacing.
Your feet should always land on a soft warm rug.
To create a cozy border around a bed without covering the entire room, allow an additional 30″ – 36” on each side and the foot of the bed. Place the rug under at least 2/3 of the bed.
For a luxurious bedroom, covering the floor with a custom rug exposing an 18″ – 24” border allows a cozy seating area to be established. Nightstands and other wood furnishings may sit squarely on the bare floor border.
Illustration of bedroom rug extending 36” around the bed. Room has 12” border of exposed bare floor.
Illustration of full rug coverage with 12” side borders and 24” end border.
There are many ways to define sitting areas through use of rugs.
The rule of thumb for sizing an area rug is this: 12″ – 18” of bare floor between rug and walls should be exposed as a border.
When a sofa is placed against a wall, it is common to size the rug so that it extends only halfway under the sofa with all other furnishings fully on the rug or all front legs on the rug.
To define a very large space, place all furnishings on the rug with ample passage to move into and around the seating area. This usually means allowing 18″ – 24” between sofa and chairs or sofa and coffee table.
When using a sofa as a room divider, the sofa may be completely on the rug while a console table placed behind the sofa is on bare floor.
Illustration of living room that shows how a rug looks best when a uniform perimeter is exposed around the room.
Illustration of living room that shows how a rug looks best when a uniform perimeter is exposed around the room and all furniture is on the rug.
Illustration showing how a 9’ x 12’ rug functions well when the rug is halfway beneath the sofa and only the front legs are on the rug.
Here are a few more “rules” to guide you in determining the size of a rug for an odd space.
Most hallways are perfect with a 30” wide runner. Determining the length of your runner is defined by the length of the hallway and not cutting it off in the middle of doorways.
Most bathroom dressing areas are quite nice with a rug which sits neatly 2” inside both ends of a vanity.
Rugs in most entryways utilize the 18” border rule. Some grand entryways can accommodate a large round rug or large rectangle, while smaller entryways are limited to the width of the door. Back entryways commonly utilize a runner.
Illustration of a custom 5′ wide runner in an entryway. Imagine stairs to the left of the rug and a wide opening into either a dining room or living room. The custom size rug completes an otherwise Odd Space.
Illustration of a properly sized custom runner in a 14′ hallway. The runner is 4″ – 6″ off either wall and each end of the hallway.
Common Design Mistakes
Illustration of 60” round dining table and 9’ square rug. This shows how a 9’ square rug does not function.
Illustration of a 9’ x 12’ rug which leaves virtually no passing space when commonly sized furnishings are placed fully on the rug.
Illustration of a too narrow, too short runner which cuts the doorways in half causing the hallway to seem disjointed.