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How to Measure for Custom Rugs

Not all rooms adhere to standard sizes – and neither do our rugs. We offer custom-sized rugs in a variety of wool, indoor/outdoor, and performance styles to help create a bespoke look.

To help you visualize – and to ensure you’ll be pleased with your purchase, we strongly recommend you “block out” the preferred length and width of your custom rug using painter’s tape before ordering.

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Custom Living Room Rugs

 

Since living rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and usually offer guests their first impression of your home, they are particularly well-suited to a custom rug. With the right rug, you can make a strong style statement or anchor a high-traffic space with a sense of calm.

Ideally, all of your living room seating and accent tables will sit on the rug, with a 12 to 18-inch border of exposed floor on all sides. (Twelve inches is generally better for a small living room, while an 18-inch border tends to be more in proportion with a larger one.) 

We recommend that you start by blocking out your ideal living room rug using painter’s tape. Once you’re happy with the size and scale of your template, measure its length and width. Please note that due to custom size rug fabrication techniques, there is an allowance of 2″ +/- in both width and length for the finished product.

 

Custom Dining Room Rugs

 

A dining room rug must be large enough so that the table can be centered on the rug and all dining chairs sit well within the perimeter of the rug, even when pulled out. This will ensure your guests aren’t teetering between two surfaces.

Before you measure, pull all of your dining chairs a comfortable distance from the table. Then, allow for a border that’s at least six inches, but no more than two feet, from each wall. The difference between the two should represent your ideal rug size. 

We recommend that you block out your ideal dining room rug using painter’s tape. Once you’re happy with the size and scale of your template, measure its length and width. Please note that due to custom size rug fabrication techniques, there is an allowance of 2″ +/- in both width and length for the finished product.

 

Custom Runner Rugs

 

In a hallway, a good rule of thumb for custom runner rugs is to leave a six-inch border at each end. As for the width, we recommend leaving a 4 to 6 inch border on each side.

Block out your ideal runner using painter’s tape. Once you’re happy with the size and scale of your template, measure its length and width. Please note that due to custom size rug fabrication techniques, there is an allowance of 2″ +/- in both width and length for the finished product.

 

Custom Stair Runner Rugs

 

For best results, we always recommend professional installation for stair runners, and a professional installer can also help with measuring instructions. For custom stair runners, choose the option with the attached rug pad. This will extend the life of your stair runner and help prevent stretching over time.

To determine how long a runner you’ll need, measure the depth of the stair tread and the height of the riser. Multiply the total by the number of stairs; this is your total runner length. (You can also create a template with butcher paper.) 

Since custom runners are non-refundable, we recommend adding 24 inches to this length. (Installers can trim a rug that’s long, but there’s no quick fix for a too-short runner.)

As for the width, we recommend leaving a 3 to 6 inch border on each side. Please note that due to custom size rug fabrication techniques, there is an allowance of 2″ +/- in both width and length for the finished product.

 

Custom Bedroom Rugs

 

Standard-size bedroom rugs are designed for rooms with standard-size beds (see our post on placement tips.) But what happens when you’ve got limited space or an odd-shaped room? Start by blocking out your ideal bedroom rug size using painter’s tape, leaving 9-12 inches of floor exposed on each side. Once you’re happy with the size and scale of your template, measure its length and width. Please note that due to custom size rug fabrication techniques, there is an allowance of 2″ +/- in both width and length for the finished product.

 

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