Sizes of Area Rugs

By Kasra Rahimi

June 17, 2020

Have you ever been confused by the different sizes of area rugs? Trust me, I’ve been there.

In this post, I’ll do my best to provide an easy guide for learning the different sizes of area rugs. Keep the following breakdown in mind next time you’re shopping for an area rug and you’ll be a pro in no time.

The first thing to keep in mind is that area rugs come in standard sizes. Whether you’re shopping for a handmade area rug or something machine made, you’ll find that pretty much all area rugs are categorized into these standard sizes. This includes different styles of rugs, from Persian and oriental area rugs to transitional and modern rugs.

The typical standard sizes are as follows:

2′ x 3′, 3′ x 5′, 4′ x 6′, 5′ x 7′, 5′ x 8′, 6′ x 9′, 7′ x 10′, 8′ x 10′, 8′ x 11′, 9′ x 12′, 10′ x 13′, oversize

To keep things more simple, you can group them together/go with the most popular sizes:

2′ x 3′ – 3′ x 5′
4′ x 6′ – 5′ x 7′
5′ x 8′ – 6′ x 9′
7′ x 10′ – 8′ x 11′
9′ x 12′ – 10′ x 13′

Anything larger (10′ x 14′ +) is typically considered an ‘oversize’ rug.

The reason for the various sizes is that each country has their own standard looms. For example, 8′ x 10′ is a standard size in India, whereas in Iran they typically make 8′ x 11′ rugs. You can learn more about different size looms by reading our post The Loom.

Odd Sizes
Sometimes, you’ll find area rugs outside of the standard sizes. These are typically referred to as ‘odd size’ rugs and are not as commonly found. Still, if you happen to come across one, odd size area rugs can make some of the most beautiful additions if put in the right space.

Measure First
Now that you know more about the different sizes for area rugs, you’re almost on your way. But before you start looking for your new area rug, make sure to have measured the space it’s intended to go in first. Always try to figure out which size area rug you need before you start shopping. Our main recommendation for measuring is to consider the area rug as a center piece, so that you can still see some of the floor surrounding it.

With these tips in mind, you should be a bit better equipped to shop for your next area rug.

Summary/Things to Remember
-area rugs come in standard sizes
-the most popular standard sizes are: 4′ x 6′, 5′ x 8′, 8′ x 10′ and 9′ x 12′
-sometimes you’ll come across “odd size” rugs, which are an exception to the standard sizes
-measure your space before shopping for your new rug

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