Rug Shape Guide
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Find The Right Rug Shape For Your Space

From round to square to octagon, there are many different shapes to choose from when shopping for the perfect area rug. Every room in your home is unique, requiring different styles and shapes of rugs. You don’t have to choose one style to stick to (many different rug shapes can be incorporated through out your home), but certain rug shapes work better than others in specific areas. Before you go rug shopping, here’s what you need to know about the six most common rug shapes…

  1. Rug Shape: SquareSquare Rugs: Square rugs come in a variety of sizes from small 3×3 styles all the way up to large 12×12 styles, and in a wide range of colors, patterns, and materials. In square rooms, rectangular rugs can’t fill the entire space. Square rugs are perfect for completely filling the space in square rooms, almost giving the effect of  wall to wall carpet. Square rugs are also great for anchoring square dining sets and making mudrooms and entryways more comfortable. Square rugs can be used in many spaces where you would also place a large round rug.
  2. Rug Shape Guide: RoundRound Rugs: Round rugs come in many different sizes ranging from small 4×4 styles to larger 10×10 styles. Round or circular shaped rugs are perfect for complimenting round and open spaces like entryways. Round rugs are also great for creating an intimate sectioned off space in a larger room. They work well under dining sets in eat-in kitchens (especially under round dining tables) or under a seating grouping in a reading nook. Colorful round rugs can also function as an accent piece in children’s rooms or playrooms. 
  3. Rug Shape Guide: RectangularRectangular Rugs: Rectangular rugs are the most common style of rug shape, and are available in almost any pattern, color, size, and style you can imagine. Rectangular rugs can work in almost every room in your home. Small 2×3 rectangular rugs are great for kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. Medium sized 5×8 rectangular rugs are great for walk-in closets, eat-in kitchens, home offices, and more. While large 8×12 rectangular rugs are perfect for large living rooms, master bedrooms, and formal dining rooms.
  4. Rug Shape Guide: OctagonOctagon Rugs: One of the more traditional rug shapes, octagon rugs aren’t as common today but can still be highly functional in your home. Octagonal rugs are great in round or open spaces like entryways and large living rooms, and can be used anywhere you would also place a round rug. Octagon rugs range in size from small styles that are 3 feet wide to large styles that are 10 feet wide.
  1. Rug Shape Guide: RunnerRunner Rugs: Runner rugs come in a wide range of sizes, though the standard size is 2x6x3. While the width of a runner doesn’t change much from brand to brand, the length of runners can vary anywhere from four feet to 10 feet. Runners, known for their long and skinny silhouette, are perfect for warming up hallways, entryways, and staircases. Runner rugs can also be used in other narrow or skinny spaces such as oblong kitchens, mudrooms, laundry rooms, bedrooms, or walk-in closets.
  2. Rug Shape Guide: OvalOval Rugs: Oval rugs range in size from smaller styles that are two feet wide to large styles that are eight feet wide and up. Small oval rugs can be used in the same way as small rectangular rugs, in entryways, kitchens, and near doorways. Large oval rugs can be used anywhere large round rugs would be used, in eat-in kitchens, entryways, or other large open spaces. Just like round rugs, oval styles can also be used to section off a space in a large room.

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