Rugs 101, Part 3: How to size and place your perfect area rug.

By now you’ve learned about types of rugs, and have discovered some ways to discuss your style with your Rug Merchant. In this installment of Rugs 101 you’ll learn everything you need to know about choosing the best size rug for your space, and placing it in a way that compliments all your other furniture and decor and pulls together your space in just the way you want.

What is an Area Rug?

Simply, an area rug defines a given area of your home. In most cases this is a furniture arrangement of some sort, and yes, you can have more than one ‘area’ in a single room!Designing-A-Contemporary-Style-Home-Decor-5

Defining Living Room or Den Areas

For instance, in a living room or den what your rug should do is UNITE all elements of the furniture in the arrangement. It’s simpler than you think:

  • DO: make sure the rug touches all major pieces of furniture in the area.
  • DON’T: let your rug float out in the middle of the floor!

Once it touches the furniture, there is no right or wrong. The rug can be just touching the edge of the furniture or keep going all the way past the back of the furniture piece or stop anywhere in between. The only boundary is how much of the floor you want to cover.

Defining the Dining Area

A dining area rug placement is a little more involved:

  1. Measure the length and width of your table
  2. Add about 3 feet to these measurements.
  3. EXAMPLE: Width-3’6, Length-6′. Rug size- 6×9 or larger.

This is the minimum length and width for your rug size to make sure that all chairs stay on the rug when they are pulled out. An area rug that’s too small may look good when no one is sitting at the table, but as soon as the chairs get pulled out, the back legs will be off the rug. Not only is it hard on the rug with the chair legs catching on it all the time, it will drive you crazy at dinnertime. Trust us; we’ve been doing this for 40 years!

Bedroom Placement

Compared to other rooms, the proper placement of your rug in the bedroom is more relaxed and comes down to personal taste. Your main concerns here are:

  1. Do you want your feet land on the rug when you get out of bed?
  2. How much of the rug do you want to show at the foot of the bed?

You have several choices here. Depending on the size of your bed you can get a rug that goes under your bed about two-thirds of the way, if you want your feet to land on it. Or just a little way under. Or if you don’t want a lot of your rug under the bed, you can use a couple of runners, one on each side of the bed, and another rug at the foot of the bed. These don’t even have to be exactly the same, just coordinating. We can help you explore a few different options to see what is your favorite!

A lot of things to think about, but really only four main points to remember:

  1. A rug should touch all pieces of furniture in a setting.
  2. Dining room chairs should stay on the rug at all times.
  3. Bedroom rugs are more about comfort and aesthetics.
  4. There is no exact amount of flooring that needs to be showing around the rug.

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