Rug Size DOES Matter

July 8, 2016

By: Peyton Lambton

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A rug can instantly brighten and warm up any space. I used to have trouble narrowing down my rug selection and choosing the proper size, and I know I am not alone here! There are some standard guidelines that helped me figure things out, so let’s break those down.

Dining Room Rugs
I have a very large dining table, and I wanted to make sure I chose a rug that would fit under it. One rule of thumb is that all legs of your dining chairs should be on the rug. You don’t want to pull out a chair and then have the back legs off the rug. My dining table is 10 feet long, so I went with a 9′ x 12′ rug, which can fit all chairs, whether they’re pulled out or pushed in.

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Bedroom Rugs
When you get out of bed in the morning, you want your feet to touch down on something soft, so proper rug placement is crucial. Make sure the rug under your bed is large enough to provide a surrounding border you can walk on. The rule of thumb in this instance is to leave at least 18 inches for a king or queen size bed and at least 12 inches for a twin size bed.

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Living Room Rugs
There are a few options when it comes to getting the rug size right in your living room. Some people prefer it to go under the front legs of their sofa and chairs, while others prefer all furniture legs to be on the rug. You can also use a smaller rug to simply add a pop of color. What’s best for your room is completely up to you. I prefer having just the front furniture legs on my rug, so I went with an 8′ x 10′ option.

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Closed Room Rugs
If you have a space that is not an open concept room, such as a closet or separate sitting room, make sure to leave a few inches of bare floor around the rug you choose. You don’t want to hide every inch of your beautiful floors, right?

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While these tips can help guide you, you can still rely on your own personal preferences, because at the end of the day it’s your home and your style! All that matters is making sure you love living in and looking at your space.


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