Rugs are so important in giving a room personality and making it feel warm, cozy, and put together. When furnishing a room, it’s best to start with the rug and work your way up from there, especially if you are choosing a rug with a lot of patterns. The size of the rug is vital, as it defines the area. The rug should complement the shape of the room and the layout of the furniture.
- Front legs of sofas and accent chairs should be on the rug.
- There should be about a foot of rug on either side of the sofa.
- Allow about 18” of floor space around the rug; however, keep the overall room size into consideration.
- Give 30 – 36” of walk space between large pieces of furniture.
- Rug should extend about 12-18” beyond the furniture it is under.
- Rug should extend about 12-18” past the chairs.
- Don’t forget to account for the table leaves if you regularly use them.
- The shape of your rug should complement the shape of your table: round rug for a round table, etc.
- Pick a flat weave or low pile rug – easier with spills and the constant movement of dining chairs.
- Rug should go under the bed to anchor the largest piece of furniture.
- Ideally the rug goes right up to the nightstands to give you a soft landing when getting out of bed.
- With smaller rugs, place at the end of the bed with the bed legs resting on it.
- Err on the side of bigger when looking for a bedroom rug.
Do I need a rug pad? The answer is yes! There are so many benefits; they help keep the rug in place, reduce wear, and prevent holes. They also prolong the life of the rug and protect the floor underneath.