WHAT IS THE RIGHT SIZE AREA RUG?
Determining the proper size for a rug is
just as important as finding the right color and pattern. The size and
shape of your rug can help determine and define furniture groupings and
living spaces. Choosing the right size rug can mean the difference
between a comfortable room and a room where something seems awkward and a
little out of place. The key to success is proper measurements.
Choosing your rug based on room size.
For a medium sized room, a 5’x8’ area rug
is typically good a choice. This size rug is great for smaller
bedrooms, home offices and under the coffee table in living rooms. Large
rooms generally require an area rug that is 8’x10’ or larger. These
larger size rugs are wonderful in living rooms, great rooms, dining
rooms and master bedrooms.
Area rugs should extend beyond the chairs
in the pulled out position. To obtain the correct measurement pull out
the chairs around the table, as you would to sit down, then measure from
the rear of the chair legs in length and width. Add 8” to this
measurement to get an idea of the minimum size rug needed.
Under the coffee table
- Depending on the size of your coffee
table and accompanying furniture, choose a rug that accommodates all
four legs of the table.
- An equal amount of exposed flooring
around your rug can also give balance to your room. Don’t get a rug so
large that it touches the baseboard around the room.
- Don’t “float” a rug in a room. Use the rug to define the space and incorporate your furniture to anchor the rug.
- In bedrooms, one large rug is luxurious, but remember the bed will cover most of it when you are selecting a pattern.
- If you plan for the rug to be under the bed, measure to allow for three feet on both sides of the bed.
- In many cases, multiple smaller area
rugs can be used effectively in the bedroom by placing one at the foot
of the bed and one or two on each side of the bed. In fact, using
multiple area rugs can be more affordable while better complimenting
Accent rugs are smaller than area rugs,
but not as long as runner rugs, and are often called a throw rug or
scatter rug. These rugs are great in the kitchen, in front of a
fireplace, in a child’s room and entryways.
These rugs are typically used in
hallways, stairs and other narrow spaces. Runners are long and narrow,
generally measuring 2’6” wide or less and extend in most case from 8’ to
Determine the border you would like to have around the rug,
leaving about 18 to 36 inches between the rug and the wall creates an
eye pleasing border. In hallways and entryways, be sure to measure door
heights to allow doors to easily pass over the rug if the door will open
on the face of the rug.
Selecting an area rug
With all the styles and colors available,
choosing an area rug that integrates with your decor is a breeze.
Consider the following factors when deciding upon your rug.
Consider your room's focal point
- Choose a rug with a center medallion, if you need to create a dynamic focal point.
- If your room already has a focal point, such as a fireplace, choose a rug with an allover pattern.
Consider wallpaper and upholstery patterns within your room
- If your furniture has upholstered
pattern, consider choosing a rug with a more subtle pattern or pick out
an accent color and choose a solid rug.
- Ornate wallpaper also should be
considered. If you choose a rug with a busy pattern, the two patterns
will compete with each other and create a frantic design statement.
However, if your room is more subdued, choose a rug with bold pattern to
breathe life and excitement into your design. If you fancy an updated
look for your room, select an accent color from the rug and paint an
accent wall in your room to coordinate.
Consider your traffic pattern and room usage
- For high traffic areas, consider rugs made from durable fibers that are easy to clean and stain resistant.
- The main family room that is used as
a gathering place would require a more durable rug than a guest room
that is used twice a year during the holiday season.
- Several different fibers within a rug or high and low pile areas can add depth and dimension to your room’s design.
- Rugs made of sisal, sea grass or jute can add an interesting textural element to hardwood or tile floors
Measuring For a Rug
Determining the proper size for a rug is just as important as finding
the right color and pattern. To start, simply measure your room; then
follow our room-by-room measuring guide to find the best fit. Keep in
mind that we also offer custom-sizing for hard-to-fit areas.
Finding the Right Size Rug for Your Dining Room
First measure the length and width or diameter of the table. The
recommended allowances are 30" for side chairs and 36" for armchairs.
Rugs should extend beyond the chairs in the pulled out position.
Define Spaces Within Your Living Room
The size and shape of your rug can help determine and define
furniture groupings as well as intended areas of use, such as
Multiple rugs can link one room to another. Furniture can be centered
on the rugs or positioned off the rug depending on the size of the room
and feeling you are after. Companion rugs can be of different patterns,
but should share a similar color palette.
Guest and Master Baths
Dress up guest powder rooms or master suite baths with accent rugs or
runners in front of double sinks, garden tubs, a vanity, or walk-in
The Art of Angling in a Bedroom
An unexpected perspective makes a dramatic difference in any room.
Instead of arranging the bed and rug in a traditional alignment, a new
twist might be to angle the rug underneath; or angle the bed and rug to
match. Angling would work in a living room or home office, as well.
Multiple Rugs in a Bedroom
In bedrooms, one large rug is luxurious, but the bed will cover most
of it. Smaller equal-sized rugs used around the bed are another option.
The soft comfort of a rug is most appreciated when stepping in and out
The Beauty of a Hall
In hallways, the length is optional. Try to place a runner rug so it
does not end in the middle of a doorway. In a very long hall, several
small runners can work. They do not have to match but the colors should