The Rug Maker

Your Guide to Custom Rug Size and Fitting

Rugs may seem less important than other furnishings at first. However, ask any interior designer and he’ll tell you the truth: rugs can actually be the glue that ties together all your decor.

These floor furnishings provide points of interest, balance, texture, and even a sense of comfort to a space. The right rug for one space isn’t necessarily the same as the ideal one for another. That’s why it’s important to understand your purpose in getting a rug before selecting one.

Do you want a rug that will be a statement piece or something designed to blend smoothly into your decor to establish a background? Do you want it to unify a room or to define a space? Do you want it to break up a room into different areas?

Here we’ll talk about some of the rules to follow in custom rug sizing and fitting, specifically for some of the most common rooms where people place rugs.

Living Room or Family Room

Rugs are a great way to define living areas within large rooms to make them appear cosy. Go for the largest size you can afford, as it gives a generous, calming effect to the room. 

It’s great to be able to place half of the sofa on a rug, for instance, to give a wonderfully luxurious and flowing feel to the space. However, a small statement piece rug can define your living room as well, perhaps one that introduces a pop of pattern into the room. 

A common placement is to have the rug sit within the furniture, in front of sofas and chairs. In this case, the rug should be slightly longer and wider than the furniture.

When deciding whether to use two rugs in a room setting, the rugs do not have to be identical, but they should match in either colour tone or feeling.


A rug in a dining room should be large enough to fit the table and chairs when all of your guests are seated and the chairs are pulled out. This will give the room a balanced feeling as well as prevent your floor from getting scratches.

All other dining room furniture, such as side cabinets, should rest on the floor and not on the rug.

Note that your dining table may be of a specific shape that requires a custom rug shape. We can do rugs round, square, rectangular, or in other shapes to match your dining table.


The bedroom is another space where people often want rugs. There are many ways you can fit a rug into your bedroom, depending on your preferences, and this can influence the rug size you choose. 

For example, the size of the rug depends on whether you want the bed to sit on top of it or not. For a queen- or king-sized bed, a typical placement of the rug is to run it beneath the bottom two-thirds of the bed, perpendicular to the bed. 

In this configuration, you want your rug to be large enough that you can step down onto it when you get out of bed.

Some people don’t want to use a large rug under the bed, on the other hand, but still want a soft place to land when getting out of bed. The best option in this case is to get a pair of runners on either side of the bed if you do not want the bed to sit atop the rug.

Meanwhile, for a child’s rug, you can use smaller rugs in whimsical shapes and patterns to mirror a child’s imagination. Oval or round braided rugs in pastel or bright colours make great children’s rugs.

Hallway or Stairway

Now, most people don’t think of putting rugs in hallways or stairways, but it can be a good idea. 

For one thing, it adds a dash of visual appeal to these otherwise utilitarian spaces. For another, it can offer protection for the flooring as well as added traction for inhabitants walking on the halls or stairs.

Halls typically range in size from three feet wide to six feet wide. Most runners are two and a half to three feet wide. Expose up to six inches on either side of your runner. If you prefer not to vacuum the edges of the exposed floor, purchase a rug as wide as the hallway.

Stair runners add a touch of elegance, texture and colour to your home’s interior staircase. They are also a great solution to provide peace and quiet and added safety to your stairs. They can be understated or a real design element in their own right.


Thinking of customising a rug that fits in your home? Reach out to us!

We can do a consultation or even a home visit to help you fit and design the perfect rug for your space.