How to Choose the Right Area Rug for Every Room in Your Home

At Brumbaugh’s, we love area rugs. Sure, we might be a little biased because we specialize in high-end rugs, but we truly believe they are the perfect home decor piece to both define a space and enhance your interior design. Not to mention the fact that they add a warm and cozy vibe to your home.

Problem is, they’re one of the hardest home purchases to make because there are so many factors to consider. The rug needs to be the perfect size for the room, the colors and pattern need to be cohesive with your current decor, and there are very specific ways you should arrange your furniture on the rug.

To ease the burden a bit, our designers are showing you how to choose the right rug for every room in your house.

Living Room

A living room rug is the focal point of the room, so the design is important here. Opt for a high-end rug that acts as a conversation piece. Colorful rugs, like this one from Brumbaugh’s Katt Sousie, can add a pop of flair and enliven neutral furnishings.

Living rooms tend to see a lot of, well, life, so you’ll also need to consider durability. We love the Turquoise Sky rug. It’s made out of 100% wool, which means it can withstand a beating if your living room gets a lot of foot traffic.

Sizing and Placement

There are no hard-and-fast rules for living room rug placement and rug size. However, there are a few rug guidelines to help you find the right look and feel for your space.

When it comes to area rug sizing, bigger is almost always better in the living room. When rugs are too small they can dwarf the size of the room and generally throw off the balance of the space. A living room rug should be large enough to fit under at least the front two feet of your furniture, with the long side of the rug parallel to your sofa. We recommend picking a rug size from 8×10 feet to 9×12 feet, but you’ll also want to be mindful of the rug’s borders and clearance with any nearby doors that open too.

Dining Room

The dining room is a special place where family, friends, and guests come together to share a meal. Not only does a rug make a dining room feel even more special, but adding one underneath the table can help to visually establish a dedicated dining “zone” in an open-layout home.

Before you pick the color and style of your rug, one of the main things you need to consider is thickness. A very thin rug under a dining room table will bunch every time you slide the chairs out, and the repeated process will cause wear and tear. An overly thick rug, on the other hand, can trip up chairs every time you move them. We recommend sticking with a flat weave or mid-pile piece for this space.

Where there is food, there are messes. So, choose durable, high-end rugs with colors that can help disguise the occasional crumb or spill. An all-wool flat weave, like Brumbaugh’s Katt 250, is a beautiful and easy-to-clean choice.

Sizing and Placement

Whether it’s square, round, or rectangular, you should pick a rug shape that matches the shape of your dining room table. You should also use the table’s dimensions as a sizing reference. Whatever the shape and size of your table, make sure that the rug extends at least 24 inches on all sides so that even a pushed-back chair fits within its range. We recommend picking a rug size in the 8×8 feet, 9×12 feet or 10×14 feet range.


There is nothing more luxurious than having something soft underfoot when you get out of bed in the morning. Stepping onto a cozy bedroom rug first thing in the morning is like popping on a pair of comfy slippers. Not only will your feet thank you, but adding a rug to your bedroom also gives you an opportunity to flaunt your unique style and personality.

If your bedroom furniture is already neutral, go for a lively pattern, like this prismatic rug, to add a little pizzazz to the space. Or, if you’re looking for something more laid-back, stick with a rug that boasts a simple texture and design, like this neutral-toned rug.

Remember, your bedroom is your personal sanctuary where relaxation is key. Because bedrooms don’t see as much foot traffic as other areas of the home, it’s a great opportunity for more luxurious and comfortable materials that don’t require heavy durability. So, if you’re thinking of splurging on a soft silk rug, this is the room where it can be justified.

Sizing and Placement

There are a few helpful tips to remember when it comes to sizing. Make sure your rug fits under the entire bed and nightstands, with extra width on either side. For larger rugs, we recommend choosing a size from 8×10 feet to 9×12 feet​​​​​​​. Alternatively, you can purchase a smaller rug and place it on the part of the floor where you step out of bed. You’ll want to choose a rug size of 2×6 feet or 4×6 feet if you want a smaller rug that provides a soft landing.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Brumbaugh's Has High-End Rugs For Every Room In Your Home

Shopping for a rug is no easy feat, but hopefully, this primer makes things a tad less stressful. At Brumbaugh’s, we have high-end rugs to fit any room and any lifestyle. Whether it be traditional, transitional, or contemporary, you can find the perfect rug for any room at Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings.

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