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How to Choose the Right Carpet Size



Ready to buy a new carpet, but aren't sure what the best size for your space is? These room-by-room essentials and foolproof tips are here to help—so when the time comes to unroll the carpet, you know it'll fit exactly the way you want.

Sizing Tips for All Spaces

Bigger is Better
A few centimetres make all the difference between the carpet pulling the room together or chopping it up. Opting for the larger option, especially if you're between sizes, will prove worth the extra expense every time.

Take Cues From Your Room
Both for the carpet size and its orientation. The carpet should be proportional to the space (large rooms = large carpets) and placed to echo its dimensions (long room = orient lengthwise).

Visualise the Final Look
By using painter's tape to mock the carpet placement before you buy. This trade secret is an easy way to check that you have the right fit from every vantage point.

Carpet Sizing for each Room

To find the right carpet size, consider both the size of your space and the furniture grouping—measuring each as a first step. Then choose a carpet layout from the common options below.

Living Room

Your room shape, not just the furniture, should dictate the carpet size and orientation to make the space look larger and feel connected. If you choose a layout with the sofa on the carpet, it should extend at least 15cm on each side for proper scale.

All Legs on the carpet

 

This layout, which requires the largest carpet, is the best choice for anchoring a living room within an open-concept space or for any furniture grouping that floats (has no furniture against a wall). Placing all furniture on the carpet will unify the pieces and create a defined seating area.

 

Front Legs on the Carpet

 

This versatile option works especially well when one edge of the furniture grouping is against a wall. (You don't need to pay for a carpet to cover a spot no one sees!) Consistency is key for a cohesive look, so the carpet should be sized to allow for front-legs only across all pieces.

Coffee Table on the Carpet

 

 

 Perfect for small or narrow spaces, this layout plays off the room's scale to make it feel larger. To get the proportion right, base the carpet size on the interior dimensions of your seating area—and not just the coffee table—so it fills the negative space created by your furniture grouping.

 

Dining Room

Both the shape of your room and dining table should make the carpet choice clear—whether it's rectangular or round.

All Legs on the Carpet

 

Our only advice? Stick with all legs on the carpet for this room—for safety's sake. It should extend 90cm beyond all sides of the table (no less than 60cm), so chairs can sit on a flat surface, even when pushed back.

 

Bedroom

This all-inclusive layout extends beyond the bed to its accompanying furniture, like nightstands or a bench—but does not include bedroom pieces along other walls, like dressers. Rule of thumb is to leave around 46-61cm of space, but not encroach upon any main walkways.

 

2/3 Bed on the Rug

 

 

Frame your bed with this popular option, which doesn't quite extend up to your nightstands but still allows for 45-60cm of room on the sides and past the foot of the bed. For a symmetrical finish, a 245 x 305cm rug is best for queen beds and a 275 x 365cm for king.

 

Carpet on Each Side

 

 This flexible choice works for spaces and beds of all sizes—and is a great option if two sides of the bed sit against a wall. Scale matters for this look.

 

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