Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines




Flying Persian Carpets, has a wide variety of rugs for every decor and design. To assist you in narrowing down your desired selection, we have created different categories to fit your needs. All of our carpets and rugs can vary in size and shape, our shapes and sizes are showed in the following chart of carpet sizes and fitting guidelines:


Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines



Browsing online you’ll find a number of carpet sizes & fitting guidelines written by different designers and rug establishments detailing how you should place a rug in your home. We feel that the purchase of a rug is personal and thus, we always recommend, that above all else, customers choose the rug that they like, regardless of any trending ‘rules’ and ‘styles’. For the purpose of our carpet size and fitting guideline we have outlined the most common size and fitting related questions that we are asked by our customers. The answers provided are based on the benefit of our experience and what we feel best suits the typical African home. I hope that you find our guide helpful. Please feel free to share and comment. If you have a question or would like to request additional info, please contact us.



This is one of the most common questions that we are asked by our customers. The traditional rule of thumb is the bigger the rug the better – although this can vary depending on the type of room and décor. The introduction of a large rug in to a room can help define a setting and add a sense of elegance and comfort. A larger rug can also have the added effect of protecting your flooring. Choosing a larger rug will allow you to position your furniture on the rug itself, which can help to anchor the rug to the floor. It is aesthetically pleasing for a large area rug to be surrounded by a perimeter of flooring. We recommend that in most cases there should be a minimum of 50 to 75cm space between the skirting board of wall to the edge of a room-size rug. The most common room-size rugs are:

300 x 400 cm / 250 x 350 cm / 200 x 300 cm / 150 x 230 cm / 100 x 150 cm



We believe that a living room should be a place of relaxation and comfort. A well sized, well positioned rug makes all the difference when it comes to create a mood or setting. The three most common sizing styles of rugs for living rooms are illustrated below. Living Room Setting (a) In this setting all of the lounge room furniture sits entirely on a large or oversized rug (usually measuring 250 x 350 cm+)

Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines


Living Room Setting (b)

In this setting the lounge suite sits on a portion of the border. This setting works best when space is a bit more limited. The traditional rule of thumb is that the lounge suite should not sit onto the field of a traditional rug.

Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines


Living Room Setting (c)

In this setting the lounge suite sits away from the rug. A smaller room-size rug (150 x 230 cm+) is suitable depending on the size of your room and lounge suite.


Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines


Max: ‘On a personal note, I always like the idea of being able to sit on a lounge suite in a living room, and have my feet rest on the actual rug rather than on the hard floor.’



Your dining table and chairs should be positioned on the centre of your rug. When choosing a rug size it is important to make sure that the dining chairs stay on the rug when the chairs are fully extended outwards. There is nothing more frustrating than dining chairs catching on a rug edge when the chairs are pulled in and out. The average dining table in an African home is 90 cm to 120 cm wide and approximately 210 cm long. Add 70 cm to each side of the width of the table to allow for your chairs to be pulled out – hence the ideal rug width is usually between 200 to 250 cm. If space is a problem, it’s ok to go with a shorter length, but in most instances a narrower carpet below 250 cm is not recommended.


Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines


Our Tip: Dining room tables placed on top of rugs interrupt the central designs. Open field designs, as opposed to central medallion designs, are better suited to sit under dining room tables.



The illustrations below are of the two most common rug styles for bedroom settings. Both settings are great in that they allow you to jump out of bed straight on to the rug. Bedroom Setting (a) This is the most common of the two bedrooms. Choose a large rug that extends under the bed just shy of the bedside tables. This will allow you to jump out of bed straight onto your rug. If you have a Queen sized bed or larger, we recommend at least the 200 x 300 cm size. For a king sized bed in a larger room, 250 x 350 cm will work better.

Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines


Bedroom Setting (b)

Another common option is to use smaller scatter rugs, approximately 100 x 200 cm on either side and another at the base of the bed – This positioning results in a less formal bedroom setting.


Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines



The ideal size of the runner will depend on the length of your hall. When choosing a runner allow approximately 20 cm of flooring on either side of the width and approximately 25 cm to 50 cm on either side of the length. If a hallway is long, then you can choose either a single long runner or a matching pair of runners. A single hallway runner will have the effect of lengthening a hallway whilst a pair of two or more runners has an effect of shortening the effect of the length of the hallway.

Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines


How should I position a rug on my staircase?

Allow approximately 10 cm on either side of your runner between the bannister and the wall skirting – So if the staircase is 100 cm wide then the runner should be between 80 to 85 cm wide. In Victorian & Federation style homes, brass rods can be used to hold the runner in place. In a traditional home runner should start at the first riser of the top stair and end at the last tread of the bottom (Please see illustration below)

Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines



Our Tip:

Trying to figure out the length of a runner required for a staircase can be timely and frustrating. Use a length of string and masking tape to run the string along the rise and the tread of each stair. Taping the string flush to the floor as you go. Cut the string and measure, this will give a length of the runner and eliminate the need for complicated calculations.

Other Tips & Tricks:

If your dining and lounge room are open plan and adjoining, separate rugs in each area will help define the spaces.




Carpet sizes and fitting guidelines