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You’ve found the rug of your dreams, and you’re ready to make the purchase. But before you do, you need to know for certain what size to order, and how you can arrange it in your space once it arrives. We break down rug sizing and placement for each room in the house, along with Annie’s tips to make it a breeze.
Most designers, including Annie, recommend one of two size and placement options for rectangular living room rugs.
The first option is to choose a rug that is large enough so that all the living room seating and accent tables fit completely on the rug, with a border around the outside. This is a great option for larger, open concept rooms.
Another option, which often works well in smaller rooms, is to choose a rug that is large enough to fit under the front half of your large seating pieces. This ties the furniture pieces together and keeps the room balanced.
The general guideline for dining room rugs is to choose one large enough so that all 4 legs of each dining chair are well within the perimeter of the rug – and sit comfortably on the rug even when pulled out. There’s nothing worse than having to pull the back of your chair up and over the edge of the rug during a meal or the added wear and tear on the rug that this creates.
Choose a size that fits comfortably under all of your dining room furniture, including side tables. Annie recommends leaving a small perimeter, about 18-24”, floor exposed around the edges.
The second option is to choose a smaller-sized rug that sits centered under your dining room table but is still large enough to accomodae chairs when they're pulled out from the table.
Bedroom rug placement offers a few more options, depending on the size of the bed and the size of the room.
Choose a size that fits comfortably under all of your bedroom furniture, including side tables. Annie recommends leaving a small perimeter, about 18-24”, floor exposed around the edges.
Another option that works well for larger beds is a mid-size rug. This rug fits underneath the bed and extends to meet the edges of any bedside tables but does not extend underneath them.
Smaller rugs are a great, budget-friendly option, especially when sized and placed correctly. Consider two smaller rugs of equal size—one on each side of the bed— for a bed that is centered in the room. Another option for an off-center bed is to choose a smaller rug that fits the area off to one side.
Layering rugs is not only trendy, but incredibly useful when it comes to pets. It can provide added comfort for our furbabies to lay on–either directly on the rug or on a dog bed. When it comes to cleaning, we know accidents happen. Having that added layer of protection makes it that much easier to remove the rug for a rinse off while keeping your floors protected with the other rug. We recommend not piling furniture and accessories on the rug for easy access when it's time to give the rug a good clean.