Selecting the Right Size Rug

Okay, you have all your furniture in place. But how do you know the right rug size? Selecting the right size rug can be a difficult decision. In other words which size rug is right for which room.

Selecting the Right Size Rug for your Living Room

Selecting the right rug size is simple when you know where to start. At Sandra Asdourian Interiors we begin with the floor plan. This will determine the size rug. In other words, measuring the space you’d like the rug to fit. As an example, pick a size that frames your furniture. In the photo below this three by five is too small. It doesn’t match the scale of the room or furniture. However, by underlying it with a larger rug, it frames the furniture beautifully.

Selecting the right size rug with a  Smaller Rug over a larger rug to fill the space
A Smaller Rug over a larger rug to fill the space

For a larger room use a large rug. This way all the furniture sits on the rug. This Twelve by 14 is just right and fits under the legs of all the furniture.

For a larger room use a large rug that can sit all the furniture
For a larger room use a large rug that can sit all the furniture

Dining Rooms: Selecting the Right Rug Size

For a dining room layout, measure the length and width of your dining table. Also, add two feet on each side for the chairs. Confirming that when the chairs pull out they still sit on the rug, not the floor. This will give you the correct rug size. Moreover, most dining tables will require a rug that’s at least eight feet wide. This one is an eight by 10 and you’ll see that there are two feet on either side of the table.

Selecting the right size rug for a dining room table.
Dining Table with the correct size rug

Options for Bedroom: Selecting the Right Size Rug

For bedroom layouts where the beds against the wall. I like a rug that extends from the bottom two-thirds of the bed. Similarly, you could also place two runners on each side or a single runner at the foot of the bed.

bedroom layouts where the beds against the wall
bedroom layouts where the beds against the wall

Different Types of Area Rugs

Once you know your size, think about materials, how much traffic and use does the room get. As an example, natural rugs are woven from plants like jute and sisal. Above all, they’re resistant to wear and tear, so they’re great for rooms with lots of foot traffic.

Sisal Rug with two small tables
Sisal Rug

The construction of wool rugs is more delicate. Cotton or wool yarns are inserted through a woven base to create piles that are then caught or looped to create texture. Over-dyed or distressed rugs usually, combine a flat weave technique with heavy dyeing or washing. This gives the rug a vintage feel that’s good for moderate foot traffic.

Selecting the Right Size Rug with this wool rug
Wool Rug

In conclusion, once you’ve chosen a rug. It’s good to place a rug pad under it. For instance, it keeps your rug in place, extends its lifetime, and makes it even softer underfoot. Also, for more on flooring, read our blog on Designing from the Floor Up

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