Studio McGee’s Guide to Rugs
06/08 Design Tips

Studio McGee’s Guide to Rugs

Sharing our rules of thumb for designing with rugs! 

Not only do rugs bring pattern, color, and character to your home, but they make everything more cozy! There's nothing like having a soft place to walk on to bring the room together. The tricky part is knowing how big of a rug you need, and where to place it! We're sharing our basic rug placement guide today, whether you're looking for an area rug for your dining room or bedroom, or if you want to layer with different rugs or keep it simple, this guide has all the answers to your rug questions!


-Make sure the front legs of the furniture are on the rug.

-The rug should have at least 6” on each side of the furniture.

-Typical sizes are 8x10, 9x12, 10x14

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St. Cloud Rug in Gray & Denim in our Parley Project

Layering Rugs:

-When layering rugs make sure the layered rug is close to 2/3 the size of the first rug

-When possible have end tables on rug to avoid stability issues

-Typical sizes for layered rugs are 8x10, 6x9, 5x8

Jasper Rug & Jute Boucle Rug in our Promontory Project


-Make sure the dining chairs are all on the rug around the entire table

-Make sure the rug extends the table at least 8” on each side

-Leave at least 1 foot of floor around the perimeter of the room

-Typical sizes are 6x9, 8x10, 9x12


Queen Bed:

-Make sure your rug doesn’t extend the nightstands.

-Make sure the rug has at least 8” of space on the sides of the bed.

-Typical rug size for a Queen bed is 8x10.

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The Hightower Rug in our Foothill Drive Project  

King Bed: 

-Leave at least 8” of space from the nightstands to the beginning of the rug.

-Make sure the rug extends the bed by at least 1 foot.

-Typical rug size for a King bed is 9x12.

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Oslo Rug in our Promontory Project

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  1. Wonderful post as usual! I’m kinda obsessed with your talent filled design, I want to live in every room you share! What is your opinion on placing a rug on top of carpet?

  2. Great post, as always. Could you share where the printed blue window covering is from in the Foothill Dr. master bedroom? Thanks!

  3. Your posts are always so informative! But I do have one question. For a room with a single twin, what size would you suggest? The bed is in the middle of the room, perpendicular with the wall it backs to. Thanks!

  4. Hi! Thank you for all this! Can you provide guidance on a rug for an entry way? Having the hardest time with our entry way which is about 12′ x 12′. Would love any suggestions!

  5. I really would like to know about the entryway as well. Should the rug fill the entry or just partway? Love the post!

  6. Thank you for this rug sizing guide! We are in the process of building a new house and purchased a 60" round table for our large Kitchen Nook… what size do you recommend for a rug??

  7. do you think we can layer a rug for an L shape couch? our rug is 5×7 and i’m thinking of putting an 8×10 jute rug under it. thoughts?

  8. What a great post! Very helpful in my master bc I have a king bed I am putting an accent rug under. I also had similar questions to other regarding a largae rectangular entryway. Runners or larger rugs? How much room do we leave? Bummed those posts weren’t responded to but maybe they still will!

  9. Love your blog…I am struggling with a rug in a room that is 11.5 x 11.7. We have a queen size bed and two night tables. It almost feels like it needs either a square rug 8×8 . Any suggestions as that does not seem to be a normal sized rug…

  10. What are your thoughts on rugs underneath kitchen tables? I’ve noticed that in many of your home designs there is no rug under the kitchen table…
    Love his post! Very helpful.

  11. Nice blog, keep posting more on <a href=””>area rugs</a> if possible post blogs on dining room rugs
    Thank You.

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