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 inviting space and a room where something seems awkward and a little out of place. The key to success is proper measurements.
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.
•Area rugs should approximate the same length and width of the furniture within the space.
•You can either leave space between the furniture and area rug or place the front legs of the furniture on the rug with the furniture coasters under the back legs to adjust the height.
•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.
Living Rooms / Great Rooms
•Balance the area you are trying to define by leaving an equal amount of rug around the furniture grouping.
•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 your furnishings.