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7 Rules for Choosing The Right Area Rug


Written By: Merri Cvetan
Friday, November 16, 2018

There are so many questions: Should the furniture be placed on or off the rug? Does the rug go underneath or next to the bed? How big should a dining room rug really be? It can seem overwhelming, but here are seven simple tips to help you choose wisely. After all, a good rug is an investment, and you dont want to make any costly mistakes.

Rule 1: Always Go Big

Too big is always better than too small. A rug thats too small not only looks skimpy, but seems like an afterthought. However, you also dont want to go overboard. Pick a rug thats the size of your seating area rather than the size of the room.

Rule 2: Keep Your Furniture on Your Rug

An area rug should anchor your seating arrangement, so place rugs underneath sofas and chairs. Ideally, your rug should fit enti>

Rule 3: Try Layering

Consider layering your area rug over wall-to-wall carpeting. Most people seem to think that this is a decorating "dont," but nothing could be further from the truth. An area rug over carpeting adds texture and color to a room. In this case, the area rug can be a little smaller than usual - just make sure its placed right up to the edge of the sofa/chairs. And make sure your area rug and carpeting are compatible: a too-thin area rug over plush carpeting will never lay flat and may slide around.

Rule 4: Use Color

Dont be afraid of pattern, color and texture An area rug can be the focal point of the room. If your furniture upholstery is neutral, choose a colorful or patterned rug. It doesnt have to match perfectly, but it should coordinate with the other colors and fabric in the room.

Rule 5: Your Rug Should Be Bigger than Your Bed

Think big when choosing a rug for your bedroom. Your area rug should be big enough to extend two or three feet beyond the edge of the bed. After all, you want to step onto a cozy, warm rug when you get up in the morning

Rule 6: Your Dining Chairs Must Fit Completely

Chairs should sit perfectly and completely on an area rug in your dining roommdash;that means all four legs on the rug even when theyre pushed away from the table. Never have the front legs of the dining chair on the rug and the back ones off. Not only does it look funny, but its dangerous, as your chairs are unbalanced and more prone to tipping over. You can easily estimate the size rug youll need by adding 24 to 36 inches to each side of your table. If your table has extension leaves that you use often, choose a rug size to accommodate the table with the leaves in. In terms of shape, a rectangular table needs a rectangular rug. A round table can support either a round or square rug.

Rule 7: Think Outside Standard Sizing

Area rugs tend to come in standard sizes, usually including:

  • 3 x 5 feet
  • 5 x 8 feet
  • 8 x 10 feet
  • 9 x 12 feet

If you need an odd size rug, you can always have one custom-made. It might sound expensive, but it may be more affordable than you think. Simply purchase regular wall-to-wall carpeting, have a carpet installer cut it to your desired size, and finish the edges with binding or serging to get a custom rug without the custom price tag.

Now you can avoid the stress of buying a brand new rug only to find its the wrong size. Just follow these rules to make sure your new area rug fits perfectly in your home, so you can enjoy your beautiful, cozy new space.

As a Wisconsin interior designer, Merri Cvetan of MEC Design Studio has lots of experience fitting a rug to your space. She gives great tips on sizing, color and patterns to help you make the right rug choice for your room. To gather more info and see a large selection of area rugs, visit homedepot.com.


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