The standard rug size is 5'x8'. These are often used in living rooms with furniture placed around the outside of the rug.
An 8'x11' rug allows the furniture legs to be placed on the rug, which pulls the room together. In a large room there should generally be at least 18 inches of bare floor surrounding the rug to give the illusion of a bigger area.
How To Care For Your Rug
Vacuuming regularly will extend the life of the rug. Occasional professional cleaning is also recommended.
Clean Spills Immediately
If spills occur, act fast to clean the affected area. Blotting with a sponge or cloth using water and mild soap will have your rug looking fresh and new in no time.
Rotate your rug at least once each year, or twice if the rug is in a high traffic location. This will dispere the traffic patterns throughout the entire peice rather than concentrated on one area.