Picking the right sized area rug
Choosing the right size of an area rug is crucial for
creating a balanced and visually appealing space. Here are some tips to help
you select the appropriate size for your home.
Measure the seating area
Start by measuring the seating area or the space where you intend to place the area rug. For example, in a living room, measure the dimensions of the sofa and chairs to determine the appropriate size. Ensure that the rug is large enough to accommodate all the furniture legs comfortably.
In a more modern space, it is
acceptable to place only the front legs of the furniture on the rug. If ever in
doubt lean more on the larger size vs. smaller size when considering the overall
Consider the room layout
Take into account the layout and the arrangement of the
furniture in the room. If you have a centralized seating arrangement, such as a
sofa and chairs grouped together, a rug that extends slightly beyond the
furniture is ideal. If your furniture is against the walls, you can opt for a
rug that covers the main seating area and leaves some space between the rug and
Define areas with rugs
In open floor plans or large rooms, you can use
multiple rugs to define different areas. For example, you can place a rug under
the dining table to anchor the dining area and another rug in the seating area
to define the living space. Make sure the rugs are appropriately sized for each
area and there is enough space between them for a visually appealing look.
Consider room proportions
Take into account the proportions of the room when selecting
a rug size. In smaller rooms, a larger rug can create the illusion of a more
spacious area. In larger rooms, a small rug may appear disproportionate. Aim
for a rug size that harmonizes with the overall scale of the room as well as not
interfere with any main traffic patterns that could cause tripping hazards.
Account for the overall room shape
The shape of the room should also
be considered when choosing a rug size. In square rooms, a square or round rug
can work well to complement the space. In rectangular rooms, consider a rug
that matches the room's proportions and elongates the space if desired. If you
want to soften a space a round rug is always a great option.
Leave adequate floor space
It's important to leave some bare floor space exposed around
the edges of the room. A general guideline is to leave around 12-24 inches of
bare floor between the rug and the walls. This helps create a border and
prevents the room from feeling overcrowded.
Use painter's tape or visual cues
To help visualize the size and placement of a rug, you can
use blue painter's tape or mark the dimensions on the floor with tape measures.
This will give you a better sense of how the rug will look and feel in the
space and help you make an informed decision.
Remember, these are general tips. Personal preference and style can also influence your rug size choice. Consider the overall aesthetics and functionality of the space to ensure the rug fits well and enhances the room's design, while not interfering with main traffic flow.
Feel free to call the Rug Goddess at 866-921-5716 or email Janice a.k.a. the Rug Goddess for help.