The Area Rug Size You Need & What to Pay

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How do you know what size to pick?

How do you know when you're getting a good price?

When you go to buy house we have real estate agents to help us a protect us from getting ripped off

But who helps us when we are picking out long-lasting decor?

Well I'm here for you!

I'm going to tell you all about the size of rugs and how it impacts the price.

How Unique is the Size?

Common sizes show will be less expensive that custom or unusual sizes.

Common sizes are:

2 x 3'

4 x 6'

8 x 10'

8 x 11'

9 x 12'



3 x 10'


Round Rugs

8 x 8'

10 x 10'


If you decide to go hand knotted, size will vary slightly. For example, a retailer may have a wide selection of rugs labeled as 8 x 10’ -- in reality, many of these rugs will measure slightly more or less than 8 x 10’ (such as 8.09 x 9.85’). This inconsistency is a result of each rug’s handmade character.

If you decide to go for a machine manufactured rug, the sizes will be exact due them sizes being regulated by a computer.

What Size Rug Do You Need?

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Dining room:

Your dining room table and chairs should sit entirely on your rug with enough space for the chairs to be pushed out and still be on the rug.

Allow for at least a foot of basboard to show around the room and


Your perfect size!


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Living room:

The rug should be large enough that all of your furniture can sit on top of the rug,

With about a foot of baseboard showing


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For a Queen size bed you will need a 5x8 at the smallest..

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But 8x10 is ideal...

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If you have the space for a larger rug, go for the 8x10


The bed should be sitting on the rug entirely with at least 18 inches of rug around the bed.

Three Ways That Size Impacts Price when it Comes to Rugs

 1. Bigger Size = More Material= More $$$

Although retailers will always set their base prices at different numeric values,

The vast majority of them follow the same pricing equation that goes as follows:

Retail Price = (Style Price) x (Square Feet) +/- Popularity.



This means that the retailer has a set price per rug style ($50 for Peshawar and $18 for Kilim, for example),

Which the retailer then multiples by each rug’s size to determine its base price.

 2. Hand-Made Means Limited Scalability

Because each  rug is produced entirely by hand,

There are few scalable costs and efforts that go into making each rug.

That is,

The price of cost and effort required to produce each knot in the rug doesn’t decrease as the rug’s size increases.

Although scalability is high for many machine-produced and electronic items,

It’s very low for handmade items.

Consider the effort and cost required for your computer to open up more Internet browsing windows (hardly any!) compared to the effort and cost required for you to assemble an entire extra dinner (a lot!).



Rug artisans contribute an equal amount of time and effort into each knot of a high-quality rug

Meaning a larger rug simply costs more to produce than a smaller rug.

If you choose to place a polypropylene (synthetic) rug in you home,

Know there are a few down sides.

The rug is less expensive now,


Because the rugs last only 3-5 years,

You're spending more money in the long run.

And they're toxic.

Learn more here

You should NOT be paying for that $8 per square foot on a polypropylene rug.

Polypropylene is a derivative or petroleum meaning...

It's basically plastic.

3. Need a Special Size? You Need a Custom Order.

Although custom-designed rugs are occasionally ordered in therug industry,

The vast majority of custom orders are for custom-sized rugs.

Many homeowner and designers find the perfect rug,

And are then disappointed that the rug isn’t made in the particular size they need for their space.

For a high price, the retailer can have producers make a specially sized rug.

Since custom orders require more effort and time among both the retailer and producer, they are priced significantly higher than pre-produced, set-sized rugs.


RugKnots can usually swing a custom order for only an extra $3 per square foot depending on the style you want.


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It’s important to mention that although size is a key element in an rug’s price, it’s not the only factor a retailer considers when pricing a rug.

Other features such as material, knot count, production source, and style all influence a rug’s final price point.

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