Would Like To Purchase A Rug, But Can’t Decide On The Size

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Lisa M. From Palm Beach Gardens, FL Asks:

I love shopping in your store and I see you have a great rug selection. I am in need of a rug for a great room we just redid, but I am having a hard time deciding on a size. Are there and rules or guides to follow. I will stop into your showroom and look at the selection you have.


You’re right Lisa! We have a great selection of rugs in our DejaVu Design & Consign showroom. Until we meet, here are some simple guidelines to follow when picking out the right size rugs.

Larger rugs can make a room appear bigger. Keep at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed by the rug’s edges. Selecting a rug for the living room usually comes down to three choices: 5×8, 8×10, or 9×12. Some size guides recommend that all of the furniture rests on the rug. I hope some of these examples help and we hope to see you soon at DejaVu Design & Consign in Palm Beach Gardens, FL!

All Legs On The Rug

This layout, which requires the largest rug, is the best choice for anchoring a living room within an open-concept space or for any furniture grouping that floats (has no furniture against a wall). Placing all furniture on the rug will unify the pieces and create a defined seating area.


Front Legs On The Rug

This versatile option works especially well when one edge of the furniture grouping is against a wall. You don’t need to pay for a rug to cover a spot no one sees! Consistency is key for a cohesive look, so the rug should be sized to allow for front-legs only across all pieces.

Coffee Table On The Rug

Perfect for small or narrow spaces, this layout plays off the room’s scale to make it feel larger. To get the proportion right, base the rug size on the interior dimensions of your seating area—and not just the coffee table—so it fills the negative space created by your furniture grouping.