- Most people like to see at least 18" of bare floor space around an area rug.
- Arrange your furniture around the room, each piece of furniture should have at least the front legs of chairs and sofas on the rug. (unless you have several conversation areas and then this rule changes)
- Under a table, there should be at least 24" of rug beyond the edge of the table on all sides in order to maneuver chairs....I like to see even more than 24" if the space allows.
- For a rug under a bed figure at least 18" beyond the sides of a King or Queen size bed and at least 12" for a full or twin bed.
What are the "rules of thumb" for area rugs? The space will dictate the size of your rug and each situation is different, but here are a few quick guidelines to get you started: