A new rug can be one of the most anxiety-inducing purchases you can make for your home. For one thing, even the small ones seem shockingly expensive. For another, once you understand the importance of rug size in creating a comfortable space (spoiler alert: bigger is better here) they become even more so. There’s also room use and orientation to contend with. To take some of the guesswork out of choosing the size of rug for your space, we’ve created a handy illustration with all the rug rules you need to know. Happy shopping!