Rug sizes often cause confusion, because many interior designers are anti small rugs. You’re encouraged to think the bigger the better, and that can feel like smaller rugs don’t have a place. But they absolutely do. The key is to think of rugs as tools to delineate a room. In a dining room, you’d want the rug to be large enough to cover the whole dining area, meaning the table and the chairs when they’re pushed back. In a sitting room, perhaps you want the rug to zone the seating area. In which case, choose a rug large enough to go under the sofa (the rug should go far enough back that the front legs sit on it, at least). If you have two sofas, ideally the rug will be so big that both sofas are contained. You can always overlap rugs if needed, which is what we often do in a bedroom so that there’s enough rug around the bed to step onto and appreciate it being there – it’s no good if there’s not enough of a border that you can barely see it! Through the zoning approach, it then means that if you want another smaller rug somewhere in the room, it has more of a sense of purpose because it’ll demarcate another portion of the space. Ultimately, the golden rule is: make sure the rug is always big enough to fully function in that specific zone.