Our expert team has carefully compiled the ultimate guide to choosing the perfect rug for your home. Read on for our best material and size recommendations, divided by room for your ease.

Still confused? Here at Speciality Rugs, we are dedicated to helping you find the perfect rug for your space. Send pictures of your room to in order to receive advice and recommendations personalised to suit your home.

most common rug sizes

Here are some of the most common rug sizes that we provide. Handwoven Persian and Oriental rugs tend to differ in size, so always make sure to account for this when choosing the perfect rug for your room.

  • 90cm x 150cm
  • 120cm x 170cm
  • 120cm x 180cm
  • 140cm x 200cm
  • 160cm x 230cm
  • 170cm x 240cm
  • 200cm x 290cm
  • 200cm x 300cm
  • 70cm x 250cm
  • 70cm x 300cm

measuring your room for rugs

Before beginning your search for the perfect rug, you must measure your space.

Making sure your furniture is positioned before you start, use masking tape to mark your measurements. Make sure to give yourself the minimum and maximum dimensions you can work with.

Place a sheet on the floor to give you a clear image of how the area will look once covered.

Living Room rug size and placement

Likely one of the most frequented spaces in your home, it is vitally important that the rug you choose is both durable and comfortable. Depending on the layout of the room, there are a variety of sizes that you can consider.

A large area rug placed in the centre of the room is the perfect way to seamlessly unite your décor. The size of your couch will also impact what rug would best complement your room.

rug size guide for two seater

Rug sizes to consider for three seater

Rug size guide

  • 140cm x 200cm
  • 170cm x 240cm

Rug sizes to consider for three seater


Rug sizes to consider for three seater

  • 170cm x 240cm
  • 200cm x 290cm
  • 200cm x 300cm
  • 300cm x 240cm

Rug sizes to consider for Corner sofa

Rug sizes to consider for Corner sofa set

Rug sizes guide for Corner sofa

  • 140cm x 200cm
  • 170cm x 240cm
  • 300cm x 200cm

Top Tip: Ensure there is at least 2ft/60cm distance between the rug and your wall, otherwise, you will close off the room and make it appear smaller.

Rug material to consider

For a living room, you need to choose a material that will add warmth and comfort to the area, but is also able to withstand high-traffic and activity. Wool is perfect due to its soft, cosy texture and added durability. Wool rugs also quickly recover their shape after furniture compression, have excellent insulating properties, a natural flame retardance and are highly stain resistant; perfect for busy spaces.

Dining room area rug placement

A large area rug placed underneath your table and chairs is the perfect way to complete your dining room.

- When measuring the space, remember that all chairs should be able to comfortably sit on the rug, even when they are pulled out. You should preferably choose a rug that extends 2 feet/60cm out from the table. This will protect your floor from scratches caused by the chairs.

Rug sizes to consider for dining room

  • 170 x 240cm
  • 200 x 300cm
  • Circular rugs at least 240cm in diameter

Circular rugs for dining

Rugs material guide

In order for your rug to withstand heavy foot traffic and constantly shifting furniture, choose fibres like wool, jute and polypropylene for their durability, low maintenance and high stain resistance.

bedroom rug size guide

A well-placed rug is perfect for instantly adding a touch of comfort to your bedroom.

- For a large master bedroom, your chosen rug should ideally be bigger than the bed, with about 2ft/60cm to 3ft/91cm of space on either side.

- Another option is two identical runners or rugs on either side of the bed that are at least ⅔ of the bed length.

- For smaller rooms, place your rug about halfway down the bed. This will carve out space and make the room appear larger.

- For single bedrooms, a rug or runner measuring ⅔ of the bed length will gently complement the furniture and create a cosy atmosphere.

bedroom rug size guide

Bigger is always better when it comes to bedrooms.

Queen Size Bed - 195 x 250cm minimum.

King-Size Bed - 200 x 300cm minimum.

rug size guide for large bedroom

Rugs material guide

Comfort should be of prime importance. We recommend choosing soft, velvety fibres such as wool, Tencel, silk, cotton and viscose.

rugs for hallway

- When choosing a runner, pick a size that will comfortably sit at least 1ft/30cm away from your doorway. This will prevent your new rug getting caught underneath the door or people wiping their shoes on it.

Hallway Rugs size guide

Hallway rug material guide

Make sure to pick a strong, durable material that can withstand heavy foot traffic. We recommend wool or jute. Persian rugs are also ideal.