Have you found a fabulous new rug for your home but are left wondering what size you need and how you’re going to place it in your room?
We can help. Rug sizing and placement can seem daunting, but for each room in the house there are really just a few simple rules of thumb to remember.
1. The Big Rug: choose a rug that is large enough so that all of the living room seating and accent tables fit completely on the rug, with a boarder of approximately 18 inches around the outside. This is a nice placement option for larger, open concept rooms as the proportion helps to pull everything together.
2. Stand on Two Legs: another option that works well in smaller rooms is to pick a rug large enough to fit under the two front legs of your large seating pieces. This ties the furniture pieces together and keeps the room balanced. Works great for larger rooms with two separate seating areas too – just repeat the process!
2. Go for a rug that’s large enough to rest under the front legs of all major furniture—sofa, love seat, armchairs. We love this look, which instantly unifies seating areas, in most living rooms. If the room is divided into two seating area, you can get even more creative. Just use the same under-the-front legs arrangement, but pick two different rugs in the same color palette.
3. Avoid the “postage stamp.” These area rugs—typically 3’ x 5’ and smaller—can accommodate a coffee table and maybe the legs of an armchair, but nothing else, and wind up looking wildly out of proportion. That said, if you have a small rug—say, a vintage flea-market find—that you’d like to show off as an accent, try layering it on top of a larger one that follows either of the two rules above, and offset the small rug at an angle so it stands out.
We adhere to a single rule in the dining room: the area rug should be centered under the dining table, and should be wide enough and long enough that the chairs stay on the rug even when pushed back. These rooms are completely different styles, but they both get it just right.
Many people prefer a 2’ x 3’ area rug in front of the sink or island (or both), and we like this arrangement just fine. But if we have our druthers, we’ll always go for a longer runner between the island and sink, or in front of any long expanses of cabinets.
1. Find an area rug that can fit comfortably underneath the bed and extend at least a foot from either side; any less will cause the rug to look dwarfed by the furniture. Basically, you want your feet to hit the rug when you slide out of bed in the morning, and ideally your nightstand will fit on top, as well.
2. Measure the width of the bed, and place a smaller rug at the foot. We prefer a rug that extends several inches past the edges of the bed, as seen here, but you can also get one that fits the dimension more closely. Just don’t go smaller than the bed’s width, or the rug will look like a doormat.
Nurseries and Kids’ Rooms
For ease of cleaning, we follow the number 2 living-room rule, and use a rug that’s large enough to fit underneath the front legs of the major furniture. If the crib or bed is pushed up against the wall, even better; this leaves a good-sized play area on top of the rug for kids to have floor-level fun.
In most baths, you have two options: either place the area rug in front of the vanity/sink, or in front of the tub. That’s exactly what you see here, with the added visual flourish of layering two indoor/outdoor rugs of different sizes on top of each other. How fun is that?
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Dining Room Area Rugs
Nurseries and Kids’ Rooms