A rug can make or break your space, so choosing the right size of your rug is one of the most important pillars for achieving a successful result.
It’s important to understand the functionality of your new area rug. Are you looking to delimit a space, or divide your room into several areas? Is the area rug expected to cover-up the floors or make them stand out?
You should decide on the shape of your rug. Are you looking to center a round table? Go with a round area rug. Elongate a room? A rectangular area rug will do wonders. Frame an open-space living room? A big square or rectangular shaped rug is the way to go.
We’ve put together a guide to show you everything you need to know about choosing the perfectly sized area rug.
All Legs On Top of the Rug
Half and Half – Only the Front Legs On Top of the Rug
Keeping the front legs of all your furniture (or your most important pieces) on top of the rug is the most common option. It’s hard to go wrong with this option, as it is very classic and can be done with every kind of decor and styles.
An area rug used in this way makes for an average sized rug (not as big as the first option), and smoothes the overall look of the room, as it brings all the elements together by visually unifying the space.
Hands (Legs) Off! – No Legs On Top of the Rug
This option works well in small rooms. Keeping all the furniture’s legs outside the perimeter of the area rug is a modern option, as it started to become a very used style for small rooms and apartments.
A good advice when using this style is to have an area rug that has the same length or at least 5 inches longer than the main sofa just to have the whole look come together. It’s important to keep all the furniture close to the rug, so it doesn’t look too detached.
This style also works well if you have other rugs installed nearby, as it allows for every rug to maintain its own individuality by not visually stepping on each other.
When choosing an area rug for your dining room there’s an important rule that falls above them all and shouldn’t be broken:
The table and chairs have to rest on the rug, and your area rug should be big enough as to leave a minimun of 2 feet between the edges of the table and the end of the rug.
This rule is especially true when dealing with patchwork cowhide rugs, as you’ll always want to avoid creating bumps on the rug by moving it back and forth with the legs of your chairs.
You should be able to slide the chairs and move comfortably without hooking the edges of the rug, or catching them under the legs of the chairs.
This rule applies for every shape of rug either rectangle, square or round.
Note that when choosing your area rug, it’s best to follow the shape of your table (a round table will go with a round rug; same thing for other shapes)
With The Bed Completely On Top of the Rug
The area rug should be large enough so that the legs of all the pieces of furniture are on top of the rug. There should be enough space for your feet to land on the rug when you are getting out of bed (at least 2 or 3 feet on each side).
With the Rug Partially Under the Bed
Opt For A Bed-Side Area Rug
A Hallway, Entryway, Lobby or Foyer
Having an area rug placed in a hallway, entryway or a lobby is a great way to add some texture and warmth to your home. A bold rug can make a statement when placed on an entryway, as it will be a shocking centerpiece, showing off your style upfront, while welcoming you and your guests into your home.
Breaking the Rules
While rules are great and very helpful, they were meant to be broken.
Sometimes, breaking the rules a bit shows off your personality, so feel free to play around with some ideas and get creative!
For example, layering rugs is a great and modern way to achieve a hip, cool look. You can do this by using different materials and textures. You can read an excellent post on how to master the subtle art of layering rugs by The Every Girl here.
A cowhide rug or a sheepskin on top of a natural fiber carpet in neutral tones always works great. You can also mix and match a colorful area rug with a hide to achieve a very expressive and personal look.
An off-centered area rug will look eccentric and bold, but only if it fits your personality and your style.
For small spaces, a cowhide rug always gives a nice touch. It’s a traditional look, but you can spice it up with your own style. A firm rule when placing a cowhide rug is to always have them off-centered, rotate them until they are on an angle and not on the same axis as the rest of the furniture and try to have only a few furniture legs on top of it.
While all of these rules can be applied to select the most suitable area rug for your home, once you gather all the information you can always tweak it to benefit your own personal style.
Remember, it’s not about what others say or do, it’s about owning your space and making it feel unique!
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