Size guides

Determining the right carpet size

The question of the right size of carpet cannot be treated in a general way, because the following aspects must be taken into consideration before buying the carpet:

  • What function does the room serve?
  • What is the size of the room?
  • Where and how is the furniture placed?

Many people choose the size of their carpet "by eye". However, the rugs purchased are often too small and get lost in the room, resulting in anything but a harmonious look. However, even a large rug is not ideal for every room, as it can quickly overwhelm the room and be out of proportion. When in doubt, the best advice is to opt for a slightly larger rug.

We'll give you tips on how to find the perfect rug size.

In order to determine the right size of carpet, it is advisable to first measure the area that the carpet will cover. To do this, the furniture should be arranged as it will be later on the carpet. Now the width and length of the new carpet can be easily measured. The edge of the carpet can be reproduced with painter's tape or newspaper, so that you have a good overview of the area covered by the new carpet. Important: Test the painter's tape in an unseen area first to make sure there is no residue!

Living room carpets

A living room rug can be used to define living spaces and to combine seating into one entity. There are different types of rugs: round, square or rectangular. The width of the rug should be at least equal to the width of the sofa, but ideally it should extend 5 to 9 inches to the left and right.

A spacious sofa area can be accompanied by a large plush rug - a shag rug provides a very soft surface and creates a perfect feel-good zone. It makes sense to place all seats completely on the carpet.
If the living room is a bit small, the rug should be smaller and the front legs of the seats should be placed on the rug.
For small rooms, it is also advisable to place the rug directly in front of the sofa. Only a few pieces of furniture, such as the coffee table, should be placed directly on the rug.

Place the carpets in the room

Bedroom rugs give a comfortable touch and ensure warm feet when you get up. The size of the rug depends mainly on the size of the room, but also the width of the bed is crucial in choosing the rug.

You have a large room and you want to feel perfectly comfortable? Place the bed and bedside tables entirely on the bedroom rug. A uniformly wide edge on all sides of the bed gives a particularly harmonious effect - for example, the width of the bedside tables serves as a guide.
In a small room, you should resort to a smaller carpet. While the bedside tables should be placed directly on the floor, the front legs of the bed can be placed on the carpet, so that the bed is framed in a circle.
A good alternative is hallway rugs and bed runners placed directly in front of the bed. These are available in different sizes and can be placed on all sides of the bed or just one. The size of the mat also depends on the size of the bed.


Size of the dining room carpet

The dining room rug should fit the size of the dining table so that the dining area is framed. Flat woven rugs, such as a sisal rug, are best for this purpose - they allow for easy sliding of chairs and easy access to the dining table.

For maximum comfort, all the chairs in the dining room should be placed on the mat. Therefore, tables that seat up to eight people should be placed on mats that are at least 94 x 133 inch.
If the dining room can seat about 6 people, a 62 x 90 inch or 78 x 114 inch rug is sufficient. Again, it should be noted that the legs of the chair do not rest directly on the edge of the carpet.
If the shape of the table is reflected in the shape of the dining room carpet, it will give a particularly harmonious overall picture. Thus, a round table on a round carpet makes sense.


Size of the hallway carpet

The size and shape of a hallway rug should be based on the respective dimensions of the room. However, the most important thing is that the front door can be opened without any problems. You can calculate the optimal size of your hallway rug with a simple measuring tape before you buy it: Subtract about 3ft 11 from the length of the hallway. You should also allow about 5-9 inches of space on the sides so that the rug does not "corner". Avoid placing furniture on the hallway rug to create a harmonious and welcoming entrance. Sisal and jute rugs as well as synthetic fiber rugs are ideal for a busy hallway.

Since most hallways are narrow and long, the hallway rug is of course the number one choice for your entrance. Typical sizes are 27 x 98 inch or 31 x 118 inch. They are usually also suitable for narrow kitchens.
You can also put several hallway rugs in a row if you have a particularly long hallway so that the room does not seem even longer. Here, be careful with uniform patterns.
If your apartment has a particularly spacious entrance, you can also choose other forms of carpet: round or square rugs are also popular for a large hallway. But the same applies here: Do not put any furniture on the carpet and always keep space with the front door and the sides.