Tips To Choose The Right Size Rug For Your Space

Apr 22, 2024 | Area Rug Cleaning

living room with clean rugs

Area rugs provide both style and also functional benefits by adding warmth and protection to hardwood floors. They’re available in countless combinations of colors, sizes, shapes, and materials. So how can you narrow down your options to choose the best rug for your particular room? 

Not to worry—the pros for area rug cleaning in Lafayette can help. Here are some pointers for what to look for in a rug for each space in your home. 

Living Room 

The key is to choose a rug that allows enough space for all the legs of your furniture to rest on it, and also leaves about 18 inches of space around the edges of the room. In this scenario, a 9×12 will likely work best. 

If you want to opt for a medium size 8×10 rug, instead place just the front legs of the furniture on the rug and the back legs on the hard flooring. 

Lastly, if you have a smaller space to work with, go for a 6×9 rug. Aim for the rug to be the same length or longer than your sofa if possible. 

Dining Room 

Since furniture pieces like chairs will be moved around often in a dining room, select a flat-weave rug. 

On a 9×12 rug, a large table works well while leaving about two feet of clearance around all sides. This leaves adequate space for the chairs to have all four feet on the rug. You can also make this same concept work with an 8×10 rug if you have a smaller table. 

With a 6×9 rug, place the front legs of the chairs on the rug and the back legs on the hard floor. Make sure there’s enough space between the rug and the walls to walk and move freely. 


If you have a king size bed, a 9×12 rug will give enough room to accommodate the width of the bed plus two nightstands and plenty of space to walk around the edges of the bed, too.

For a queen size bed, 8×10 rugs are the perfect fit for it and a couple of nightstands. 

Size 6×9 rugs can work for queen size beds or smaller. Position the top of the rug about a third of the way down from the top of the bed. Place the nightstands off of the rug, and leave some space to walk around the edges of the room if possible. 

Area Rug Cleaning In Lafayette 

At Chem-Dry of Lafayette, area rug cleaning is our area of expertise. Once you find the perfect rug, we’ll take care of it for years to come. 

Book your appointment online for area rug cleaning in Lafayette. We look forward to serving you!