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So, area rugs. You have a room you would like to add one to, but where do you get started with finding one? How do you know what size to pick? How do you know when you find a fair priced rug?

When we go buy houses, we have real estate agents to help protect us from getting ripped off. But who helps us when we are picking out long-lasting decor?

... not sure how to answer? That's exactly why is here for you!

We're going to tell you all about the size of rugs and how it impacts the price.

Common Sizes

How Unique is the Size?

Common sizes will be less expensive that custom or unusual sizes.

Area Rug Sizes:
  • 2x3
  • 3x5
  • 4x6
  • 6x9
  • 7x10
  • 8x10
  • 8x12
  • 9x12
Runner Rug Sizes:
  • 2x8
  • 3x10
  • 3x12
  • 3x14
Round Rug Sizes:
  • 5x5
  • 6x6
  • 8x8
  • 10x10

If you decide to go hand knotted, size will vary slightly. For example, a retailer may have a wide selection of rugs labeled as 8x10— in reality, many of these rugs will measure slightly more or less than 8x10 (such as 8.09x9.85). This inconsistency is a result of each rug’s handmade character.   If you decide to go for a machine manufactured rug, the sizes will be exact due to sizes being regulated by a computer.

Dining Room Rug Advice

What size rug do you need for your room?

Dining room:

Your dining room table and chairs should sit entirely on your rug with enough space for the chairs to be pushed out and still be on the rug.

Allow for at least a foot of flooring to show around the room and voila! Your perfect size!


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Living Room Rug Advice

The rug should be large enough that all of your furniture can sit on top of the rug, with about a foot of floorboard showing.


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Bedroom Rug Advice

For a Queen size bed, a 5x8 is the smallest recommendation, such as this one pictured below.

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However, 8x10 is more ideal, as pictured below.

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If you have the space for a larger rug, go for the 8x10.

Ideally, the bed should be sitting on the rug entirely with at least 18 inches of rug around the bed. 

Whatever room you need an area rug for, we are here to help. Choosing the right rug for your room is an important task.

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Rug Pricing Advice

Bigger Size = More Material = More $$$

Although retailers will always set their base prices at different numeric values, the vast majority of them follow the same pricing equation that goes as follows:

Retail Price = (Style Price) x (Square Feet) +/- Popularity

Basically, this means that the retailer has a set price per rug style ($50 for Peshawar and $18 for Kilim, for example),

Which the retailer then multiples by each rug’s size to determine its base price.

Handmade Means Limited Scale-ability

Because each rug is produced entirely by hand, there are few scale-able costs and efforts that go into making each rug.

That is, the price of cost and effort required to produce each knot in the rug doesn’t decrease as the rug’s size increases.

Although scale-ability is high for many machine-produced and electronic items, it’s very low for handmade items.

Consider the effort and cost required for your computer to open up more internet browsing windows (hardly any!) compared to the effort and cost required for you to assemble an entire extra dinner (a lot!).

Similarly, rug artisans contribute an equal amount of time and effort into each knot of a high-quality rug, meaning a larger rug simply costs more to produce than a smaller rug.

If you choose to place a (synthetic) rug in you home, know there are a few down sides.

The rug is less expensive now, but because the rugs last only 3-5 years, you're spending more money in the long run.

They're also toxic. Which you can learn more about in the blog linked above.

You should NOT be paying for $8 per square foot on a polypropylene rug. Polypropylene is a derivative or petroleum meaning it's basically plastic.


Finding the right size rug for your space doesn't have to be a difficult task. If you're having trouble visualizing the right size rug in your living area, we would be happy to digitally edit a picture of your living space with one of our rugs in it for you to see. 

Remember that shopping for common rug sizes will be much easier and cheaper. If you have a low budget, considering shopping for smaller rugs or polypropylene rugs. If you're not worried about a budget while shopping for a rug, consider a large wool rug that will hold it's value over time. 

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