There are plenty of reasons to consider placing a rug in your space. They provide comfort, warmth, contrast, and can be color inspiration for your entire design. However, the most commonly asked question still stands: What size rug do I need? The answer depends on the type and size of your room, furniture placement, and sometimes style inspiration.
1. Living Room
In large living rooms with floating furniture, it is best to find a rug big enough for all of your pieces to sit completely on with 6-10″ of extra space on all sides. This helps center and ground the room, creating a focal point and adding softness. This also helps bring the furniture together and helps your space not look so scattered. Standard rugs for large living rooms are 9’x12′ and 11’x14′.
In smaller living rooms, rugs are best placed at least half-way underneath your furniture. Have a small rug under the coffee table? Add a large sisal, jute, or seagrass rug underneath it to add dimension and texture. Standard sizes for this type of space are 6’x9′ or 8’x10′.
2. Dining Rooms
In dining rooms, there are several factors to consider before you buy a rug:
1. When measuring your table, add 24″ on each side and let that be the minimum requirement for rug dimensions. You want your guests to be able to pull out their chair comfortably without getting caught
2. Choose a low pile or flat weave rug, so chairs glide easily.
3. Mimic your rug shape to your table shape. Rectangular rugs look best underneath rectangular and oval tables, round rugs look best with round tables, and square rugs look best under square tables. Be careful though! Also consider the size and shape of your room before you make this decision.
For bedrooms, place your rug underneath the bottom two-thirds of your bed. You want to make sure you have enough room on each side of the bed to cushion your feet when you get up in the morning! You can also layer your rugs, like shown in the photo above.
Find your rug at Turner’s Fine Furniture and our design team will help you make the best decision for your space.
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