In writing this blog, we read a lot of different size and fitting
guides written by various designers and rug establishments detailing how rugs
should be placed in our homes. We feel that the purchase of a Persian rug
is subjective to individual taste, thus, we always recommend, that above all
else, customers choose the rug that they like – regardless of any trending design ‘rules’ and ‘styles’.
For the purpose of our size and fitting guide, we have compiled the most common size and fitting related questions that we are asked by our customers. The answers provided are based upon our staff experience and what we feel best suits the typical Australian home.
We hope you find our guide helpful, feel free to share and comment! If you have a question or would like to request additional info, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Cassandra Bobby for her beautiful illustrations.
What size rug do I need?
This is probably the most common question that we are asked by our customers. The traditional rule of thumb is the bigger the rug the better – although this can vary depending on the type of room and the décor.
The introduction of a large rug in to a room can help define a setting and create a sense of elegance and feeling of comfort. Additionally, in more practical terms, a larger rug can be useful in protecting your flooring. Choosing a larger rug will allow you to position your furniture on the rug itself, which help to anchor the rug to the floor.
Generally, it is more aesthetically pleasing for a large area rug to be surrounded by a perimeter of flooring. We recommend that in most cases there should be a minimum of 50 to 75cm space between the skirting board of wall, to the edge of a room-size rug.
…for my Living Room?
We consider the living room to be a pivotal space of relaxation and comfort. A well-sized, well-positioned rug makes all the difference when it comes to create a mood or setting. The three most common sizing styles of rugs for living rooms are illustrated below.
Living Room Setting (a) - In this setting all of the lounge room furniture sits entirely on a large or oversized rug (usually measuring 350x250cm+)
Living Room Setting (b) - In this setting the lounge suite sits on a portion of the border. This setting works best when space is a bit more limited. The traditional rule of thumb is that the lounge suite should not sit onto the field of Persian rug. The most common standard room sized rug is ~300x200cm
Living Room Setting (c) - In this setting the lounge suite sits away from the rug. A smaller room-size rug (usually 200x150cm and 250x150cm) is suitable depending on the size of your room and lounge suite.
Paul: ' Personally, I love being able to sit on my lounge in the living room, and rest my feet on a comfy rug, rather than on the hard floor.'
…for my Dining Room?
When choosing a rug size it is important to ensure that the dining chairs stay on the rug when the chairs are fully extended outwards. There is nothing more frustrating than dining chairs catching on a rug edge when the chairs are pulled in and out!
The average dining table in an Australian home is approximately 90cm to 120cm wide and roughly 210cm long. Add 70cm to each side of the width of the table to allow for your chairs to be pulled out - hence the ideal rug width is usually between be 230 to 260cm.
If space is an issue, it is okay to go with a shorter length, however unless you have a narrow dining table, a rug less 200cm in width is not recommended.
Our Tip: Dining room tables placed on top of rugs interrupt the central designs. Open field designs, as opposed to central medallion designs, are better suited to sit under dining room tables. Please have a browse through our online collection of both designs and note the difference: Open Field Floral & Central Medallion.
…for my Bedroom?
The illustrations below are of the two most common rug styles for bedroom settings. Both settings are great in that they allow you to jump out of bed land on a comfy rug.
Bedroom Setting (a) - This is the most common of the two bedrooms. We recommend choosing a large rug that extends under the bed just shy of the bedside tables, again allowing you to jump out of bed straight onto your rug.
If you have a Queen sized bed or larger, we generally advise at least the 300x200cm size. For a king sized bed in a larger room, 300x250cm will work better.
Bedroom Setting (b) - Another common option is to use smaller scatter rugs, approximately 200x100cm on either side and another at the base of the bed - This type of positioning results in a more casual bedroom setting.
…for my Hallway?
The ideal size of the runner largely depends on the length of your hall. When picking a runner allow approximately 20cm of flooring on either side of the width and approximately 25cm to 50cm on either side of the length.
If a hallway is long, then you can choose either a long runner, or a matching pair of shorter runners. A single hallway runner will have the effect of lengthening a hallway whereas a pair of two or more runners have an effect of shortening and breaking-up the length of the hallway.
How should I position a rug on my staircase?
Allow around 10cm on either side of your runner between the bannister and the wall skirting - so if the staircase is 100cm wide then the runner should be between 80 to 85cm wide. In Victorian and Federation style homes, brass rods can be used to hold the runner in place.
In a traditional home a runner should start at the first riser of the top stair and end at the last tread of the bottom (Please see illustration below).
Our Tip: Trying to figure out the length of a runner required for a staircase can be timely and frustrating. Use a length of string and masking tape to run the string along the rise and the tread of each stair, taping the string flush to the floor as you go. Cut the string and measure, this will give a length of the runner and eliminate the need for complicated calculations.
Other Tips & Tricks
- If your dining and lounge room are open plan and adjoining, separate rugs in each area will help define the spaces.
- If you are having trouble visualising a rug in a room, find a reputable rug dealer that allows for their rugs to be released on authority and try one in your space before purchase.
- Persian rugs have a dark & light side. This is because the knots are woven in at a slight angle and one side reflects the rug. Traditionally, rugs are placed so that the light side of the rug is facing the point of entry in a room, creating a more welcoming environment.