Rug Buying Guide

#1) Know the Rules for Each Room

Dining Room:

  • Make sure that when you pull out the chairs, that they remain on the rug.
  • The rug should be at least 2-3′ larger than the size of your dining room table.
  • Typical sizes for dining room rugs vary depending on the size of the table, but 5×8′, 8×10′, and 9×12′ are standard.
  • Use a circular rug with a circle table.

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  1. Ryland Rug | Floressa Power Loom Light Blue | 3. Brandt Tibetan Light Blue/Beige and Ivory Area Rug | 4. Clair Dark Gray Round Area Rug 5. Shugart Sealife Multi-Color Rug 

Living Room:

  • Make sure all the legs of the furniture are on the rug, by one foot.
  • Typical sizes for the living room include 8×10′, 9×12′, 10×14′
  • Have at least 6″ on the sides of the the furniture

Living Room Rugs

  1. Isaac Synthetic Kilim Multi | 2. Ivory Printed Faux Cowhide Area Rug | 3.Chunky Wood & Jute Natural Rug 4. All Roads Texture-Striped Flatweave Rug 5. Hand Loomed Shine Rug


  • Make sure the rug doesn’t extend completely under your nightstand.
  • Ensure the rug extends past the bed at least 1 foot from the foot of the bed.
  • The typical size for a queen bed is a 8×10′ rug and for a king bed is a 9×10′ rug.

Bedroom Rugs | construction2style

  1. Floral Wool Tufted Area Rug | 2. Abstract Tufted Area Rug 3. Cream Moroccan Wedding Shag Tufted Area Rug | 4. Chunky Knit Wool Woven Rug | 5. Pink/Red/Yellow Geometric Wool Tufted Area Rug


  • Use rugs that are suitable for outside, and can get wet.
  • Typically for outdoor rugs, allow an open border of about 18 inches around the rug.
  • Use natural fibers like sisal, hemp, jute, and seagrass.

Outdoor Rugs | construction2style

  1. Gianna Kilim | 2. Neutral Tweed Mirage Indoor Outdoor Area Rug | 3. Blue and Ivory Geometric Strip Indoor Outdoor Rug | 4. Boho Kilim Indoor Outdoor Rug | 5. Kulpmont Hand-Braided Gray Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

#2) Figure Out The Right Size

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#3) Pick the Right Material


Wool is a super soft rug material and since it’s a natural product made from sheep fleece, it helps to purify the air. The fibers are soft and durable, so this material is great for living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms.


This material comes from cotton plants, so it’s a natural material as well. It’s known for being affordable and easy to clean, so it’s great for kitchens, playrooms, and casual spaces.


This is a man-made fabric from the cellulose of wood pulp. Since this material has a high sheen, it requires more careful cleaning. It is less expensive than silk, but still has a beautiful look. It’s best in bedrooms and rooms that get less traffic.


This coarse texture is great for outdoor use and a more casual room. Natural materials, like jute are less likely to trap dust and other allergens. Jute is a natural fiber that is spun into large strands and woven together to create area rugs. It’s great in living rooms to add texture.


This is a popular synthetic fiber that easily mimics other materials. The plus side to a man-made rug like nylon is that it’s durable, easy to clean, low maintenance, and more stain and water-resistant due to the make up of nylon. This material is perfect for kids rooms, living rooms, and high traffic areas.


This stain-resistant fiber is a great alternative to other natural fibers because it’s less expensive and more durable. These rugs last the test of time since you can vacuum and spot clean them and they are more fade-resistant than other materials. Since this material is very durable, it works well in hallways and living rooms.

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