How to Choose the Right Rug Size

The right rug is more than just a place to leave your shoes or place a coffee table. It can provide visual cohesion to a space. It can draw the eye to an area you'd like visitors to notice. It can even help hide defects in the underlying floor if any exist. 

However, to get the maximum amount of value and utility from a rug, you will need to carefully consider your decision. Just buying a neutral-coloured rug in a standard rectangular shape could leave your space feeling bland, commercial or uninviting. Instead, you need to consider several factors, including: 

•    texture
•    colour
•    shape
•    pile height
•    fibre density or pile
•    fibre composition
•    desired function
•    solar damage resistance
•    water resistance

So, how do you decide what rug is right for your space? You don't have to worry about making a design faux pas. We're here to walk you through each step of the process. 

Analysing Your Space for the Perfect Carpet

The first thing you need to do is carefully consider the space where you intend to place a rug. Each room will have a different shape, size, and visual flow. 

Matching the right rug for the space means taking the time to understand what the room needs and what purposes it serves. Understanding what you will need from a rug will make the final selection much simpler. 

Location Means a Lot for Choosing a Rug

The placement of the room that will house the rug is a critical factor to consider when selecting a rug. After all, the ideal depth, texture, and location of the rug will all depend on the amount and kind of traffic a rug will experience. 

A delicate, light-coloured rug, like an alpaca-fur rug, could look perfect next to a large romantic bed but face staining and destruction in an entryway or living space. 

Both the colour and fibre of the rug you choose should reflect the positioning of the room itself, as well as your intended application for the rug. Darker colours and shorter, synthetic fibres are often best for high traffic areas. Natural, longer, or exotic fibres may be an ideal option for an eye-catching centrepiece rug.

The Price Should Feel Comfortable

If you're outfitting a playroom or utility room with a rug, you'll probably want more coverage for less price. Save your big budget purchases for rugs in areas that guests see and where the design will be more appreciated. 

Whether it's placed underneath your sofa or against a bay window, a rug intended to draw the eye is a purchase worth splurging on most times. It's important to realize that larger rugs usually come with a higher price tag. Once you determine a reasonable budget, you can move on to the process of picking the rug that works in your space. 

Making Sure the Rug Is Right for the Room

From size and colour to material and placement, so many different considerations will influence your decision on the right rug. Understanding the unique challenges and demands of a space make it easier to narrow down your rug hunt to a few of the best options. 

Make sure the shape of the rug, commonly rectangular or ovular, complements the space, and try to decide early on what size works the best for your purposes. 

The Material or Fibre Should Align with Your Desired Rug Function

As we previously discussed regarding room location, the function of the rug will determine your best options. If the rug is going into a sunroom, four-seasons porch or similar space, investing in a rug whose fibres resist solar degradation is a smart choice. 

Rugs placed near busy doorways, on the other hand, need to either resist or absorb water tracked in by residents and visitors. 

Synthetic fibres are often a perfect fit for high traffic areas. You can also find beautiful focal point rugs in a range of synthetic and natural fibres. Consider how often it will require cleaning, solar and water exposure and the level of traffic in the space when you decide what material or fibre is best. 

Consider Fibre Density (Pile) and Pile Height


The pile (fibre density) of the rug should also match its proposed use. Thinner, longer fibres create a shaggy, playful look. Shorter, flat looking rugs have a neat and manicured look that is universally attractive. Shaggy rugs may stain easier, while flatter, thicker rugs may show missing fibres or dents from pressure from furniture and other objects. 

The pile height of the rug is also an important consideration. The overall depth of your rug from fibre top to backing can vary from less than a quarter of an inch to three-quarters of an inch or even longer. Consider the traffic, as well as what objects or furniture you intend to place on your rug. 

Colours Can Add to Your Space or Overwhelm

Far too many people look for rugs in muted, neutral tones. These rugs can be functional, but don't discount the beauty of a bright pop of colour or a bold contrast to your walls, floor, or furniture. 

Similarly, prints can provide a real “wow” factor for certain spaces or feel cluttered and too busy in another. If the room you're outfitting with a rug has monochrome walls, simple furniture, and minimal décor, a rug with a bold pattern could complete the space. 

If the room is already filled with textures, bright colours and plenty of trinkets to catch the eye, a more subdued pattern or single-colour rug is usually a better option. 

Let Your Eyes Guide You, But Trust Your Intuition

Did you see a rug that caught your eye immediately? Decorating is a relatively subjective art, and it is one that should please the intended beholder. 

One person's minimalist paradise is another person's barren prison cell. Make sure the rug you purchase is one you will enjoy first and foremost. That's the best way to ensure you won't regret your choice. For a gorgeous selection of designer rugs, be sure to check out our collection of rugs at Brosa.