Area Rug Placement: A Room-By-Room Guide

by | Oct 28, 2023 | Stephens Homes, Stephens Living

When it comes to interior design, area rugs are often the unsung heroes of our living spaces. They have the power to tie a room together, add warmth, and even define separate areas within an open floor plan. However, choosing the right size and placement for your area rug can be a bit of a head-scratcher. I’ve been there, done that, and learned a few tricks along the way. So, let’s dive into the world of area rug placement, and we’ll share our insights on how to make your rooms shine.

Area Rug Placement


There’s really only two options for area rug placement in the living room:

Option 1: Front Legs of Furniture Touching the Area Rug

At least the front legs of all your furniture pieces are resting on the rug. This simple trick connects your seating arrangement and defines the space.

Option 2: All Furniture Fully Placed on Area Rug

Place all of your furniture on the area rug. This will typically require a very large rug which may need to be custom ordered. This option is great for open floor plans as it creates room boundaries between flowing spaces.

When in doubt, purchase the larger area rug! This will almost always look better!



In your dining room, all the furniture should fit comfortably on the area rug!

For a round table, you’ll want a round area rug. As far as area rug placement, you want all the chairs to stay on the rug when you pull them away from the table to sit.

Then, for a rectangular dining table, you want a rectangular area rug. For a typical 6-person dining table, an 8×10 rug should work splendidly. If your dining room sees more guests, opt for a 9×12 or larger rug to accommodate all those extra chairs.


In the bedroom, you have two options for rug placement.

  1. You can position the rug so that the bottom two-thirds of the bed rests on it, leaving the nightstands off the rug. This is by far the easier way to go and still looks stunning!
  2. You can go big with a 9×12 rug that comfortably accommodates all your bedroom furniture.

For a harmonious look, maintain a balance between the rug and the walls. Aim for a minimum of 6 inches and a maximum of 18 inches of space between the rug and the walls. This sweet spot will give your room the perfect frame.



Finding the perfect rug for your kitchen can be a tad easier. Here, we’re looking for practicality and style. Consider adding a runner to the space between the sink and cabinets or between the cabinets and the island. This not only adds a splash of color but also keeps your feet comfy while you’re busy in the kitchen.

As we’ve explored the art of rug placement in different rooms, remember that there are no strict rules, only guidelines to help you create a welcoming and balanced space. When in doubt, go for a larger rug, as it tends to work like a charm in most scenarios. So, next time you’re shopping for an area rug, keep these tips in mind and watch as your rooms transform into stylish, cohesive spaces that truly feel like home.


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