How to Choose the Right Vinyl Rug Size for Your Space

A rug ties a room together and is arguably one of the most important elements of your home. Since a floor mat will anchor your room and bring in warmth and style, it’s important to choose the right rug size, shape, and placement for your space. From your living room to your kitchen, we’re sharing important factors to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right rug size for every room in your home.

The size of your rug will change the overall look of your room. If it’s too small, your space will appear less inviting but if the rug is too large, your room will appear smaller. Since the rug acts as the anchor, it’s important to choose a vinyl floor mat that strikes the perfect balance between style and function. Since purchasing a vinyl rug is such a big investment, let our team at Tempaper help guide you when it comes to choosing the right area vinyl rug or runner for your home.

Why Choose a Vinyl Rug Over Traditional Carpet?

Vinyl rugs and floor mats are the perfect alternatives to traditional rugs. The benefits of choosing a vinyl rug over a traditional carpet include:

  • Certified Non-Slip
  • Durable and Easy to Clean
  • Waterproof and Fade-Resistant
  • Suitable for Indoor/Outdoor Use

Standard Sizes for Our Vinyl Rugs

When choosing a vinyl rug, it’s important to understand which standard sizes are available on our website. You can purchase our vinyl rugs at Tempaper in the following sizes:

  • 1’8” x  2’6” Rectangle
  • 3’2” x 4’8” Rectangle
  • 5’10” x 8’6” Rectangle
  • 3' Round
  • 4' Round
  • 3' X 7’6” Runner

Finding the Right Rug Size for Your Room

If you are wondering how to determine the right rug size for your room, it is important to take into consideration the size of your room, as well as furniture arrangement. Read through our guides below to find the perfect vinyl rug for different areas of your home. 

Living Room Rug Size Guide

There are three main ways to style a rug in a living room. You can place all of the furniture legs resting on the rug, you can place just the front legs of your furniture on the rug, or lastly, the rug can be placed floating in the center of the room so that all of the furniture, except for the coffee table, are off the rug.

When it comes to choosing the right rug size for your living room, we recommend our 5’10” x 8’6” rectangular vinyl rugs for smaller living spaces. As long as it is properly centered, it should add comfort and effortless style to your living room.

Best types of rugs for living rooms: 5’10” x 8’6” Rectangle, all furniture legs off the rug

Kitchen Rug Size Guide

Your kitchen sees a lot of foot traffic. For a room that comes in many shapes and sizes, it’s important to find a rug that works best with your layout.

For smaller kitchens, a round or rectangular rug in front of a kitchen sink is a popular choice for adding style without overwhelming the rest of your room.

Best types of rugs for small kitchens: 1’8 x 2’6 Rectangle

For long kitchens with a center island, a runner rug is a great choice for making a statement while also adding a bit of cushioned comfort under your feet. If you are wondering how long a kitchen runner should be, you can place our 3 x 7’6” vinyl rugs on either or both sides of your kitchen island for the perfect accent piece.

Tempaper's Vinyl Rug Collection can be found here.

Best types of rugs for long kitchens: 3 x 7’6” Runner

For medium size to larger kitchens with an open floor plan, our 5’10” x 8’6” rectangular area rugs make a big statement when placed in the middle of your room.

Best types of rugs for medium to large kitchens: 5’10” x 8’6” Rectangle

Dining Room Rug Size Guide

When it comes to choosing the right rug size for your dining room, it is important to consider the shape of your room and the size of your dining room table. If you have a small table that seats four people and you are wondering which size rug should go under your dining room table, we recommend our 5’10” x 8’6” rectangular vinyl rug.

Best types of rugs for dining rooms: 5’10” x 8’6” Rectangle, paired with a four-person table

Bedroom Rug Size Guide

When choosing the right rug for your bedroom, it’s important to take into consideration the size of your room and bed size before making your selection.

Our 5’10” x 8’6” rectangular rug is a good choice for twin and full-size beds. For twin beds, we recommend placing our vinyl rugs vertically under the bed with the back legs positioned off the rug. For full-size beds, our rugs look best placed horizontally with the back legs positioned off the rug.

If your room features two twin-size beds, a queen or a king bed, we recommend our 3' x 7'6” runner rugs to be placed on either one or both sides of your bed.



Best types of area rugs for bedrooms: 5’10” x 8’6” Rectangle or 3' x 7'6 ”Runner

Are you looking to add a rug underneath a chair? Our 4' round rug is recommended for cozy reading nooks or chairs that are placed in the corner of a bedroom, nursery, or living space.

Best types of area rugs for under chairs: 4' Round

Bathroom Rug Size Guide

While choosing the best rugs and runners for a bathroom, it’s important to measure your space to determine if a round or rectangular rug will look best for your bathroom layout. When it comes to choosing the right rugs for bathroom floors, we find that our 1’8” x  2’6” rectangle vinyl rugs typically look best in front of bathroom sinks or shower stalls.

Best types of rugs for bathrooms: 1’8” x 2’6” Rectangle or 3' Round

Entryway or Hallway Rug Size Guide

It’s important to match your rug shape with the shape of your room. If you have a long hallway, you can choose our 3' x 7'6” narrow runner to be placed down the center of your hall. If you have a wide entryway, we recommend our 5’10” x 8’6” rectangular area rug to help set the tone for the rest of your home.

Best types of rugs for hallways or entryways: 3' x 7'6” Runner or 5’10” x 8’6” Rectangle

Outdoor Patio Rug Size Guide

Our waterproof, vinyl rugs are recommended for indoor/outdoor use. So, when it comes time to find the right rug for your outdoor patio, we recommend both our large area rugs, as well as our smaller floor mats.

If you choose to place your rug under a grouping of furniture, the rug should be large enough that the front legs are placed on top of the rug. Adding a rug to your outdoor patio will help make your space feel extra inviting for you and your guests.

Since our durable, easy-to-clean vinyl rugs can withstand heavy foot traffic and muddy feet (and paws), we recommend our smaller rugs to be used as a welcome mat for guests.

Best types of rugs for outdoor patio: 5’10” x 8’6” Rectangular, 4' Round or 1’8” x  2’6” Rectangle

Browse our vinyl rug collection at Tempaper and find the perfect rug size for your space. Still have questions? Read more about our vinyl rugs here.