Studio McGee's Guide to 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

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

Rug Guide - Studio McGee Blog

The Hudson Rug in our Mid-Century Modern Project 


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.

Rug Guide - Studio McGee Blog

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.

Rug Guide - Studio McGee Blog