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How are area rugs sized? Can I trust the dimensions quoted?

Asked by elbanditoroso (25390points) September 18th, 2018

I was looking at a web site that sells rugs online and ships to you. There are some nice rugs at pretty good prices.

My question is this: How accurate is the sizing for area rugs? If I see at 8×10 foot rug, for example, is it really 8 feet wide? Or is it 7’9” or something similar?

I know that when it comes to lumber, a 2×4 is really 1.5“x3.5”. Are rugs the same? Do they cheat on the dimensions?

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chyna's avatar

When I was buying one recently, the rug size would be listed as 8×5 in big print and then in the specifications some were 7’9” x5. Not all were listed that way though, so I had to really look and ensure the size as my area was very specific.

rojo's avatar

No, the rug sizes are nominal and actual sizes vary from mfg to mfg. Usually the actual size is listed on the rug somewhere but beware, some include the fringe in the overall size, some don’t.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think you can trust the dimensions, but I have found they are a lot smaller than what I really wanted. 8 X 10 may sound kinda big, but when you get them on the floor they aren’t.
We finally went to Lowes and found a remnant for just $70 bucks and it pretty much covers all of the living room, which is what I wanted. It’s like….15 X 20 I think.

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