The Best Way To Position and Place Rugs in Rooms
The ultimate rug placement guide
Many people automatically think that color or pattern is the most important factor to consider when buying rugs. In fact, the size of the rug as well as the the shape are equally important when trying to position and place it perfectly within the room and under the furniture. So try to envision your area rug placement in your room before you embark on your quest for attaining the perfect rug for your home.
In the article below we will focus placing antique carpets, modern area rugs and vintage rugs when buying area rugs for specific rooms in the home and: Choosing Dining Room Rugs | Choosing The Perfect Bedroom Rugs | Picking Living Room Rugs | Selecting Entryway Rugs For Your Foyer | Rugs for the Kitchen | Picking Your Family Room Rugs
Here Are Some Tips On How You Might Go About Placing Rugs In Different Rooms:
The first step is to select a rug depending on the the specific room you want to place it in. Once you have evaluated both the size and shape of your room, it is time to consider the furniture grouping in each space.
Consider using the rug placing and positioning options below to help you choose a layout:
Please note that when it comes to personal taste and preference, there is not wrong way to position a rug in a room. If you love it that means it is the perfect placement and the perfect rug for your specific decorating style. So please take our rug placement guide with a grain of salt as only you would know what the truly perfectly placed rug would be!
How To Place Rugs In Your Living Room:
The room’s shape, as well as your furniture, dictates your rug size, its shape as well as its orientation within the room’s layout. If you decide to have the sofa situated on the rug, be sure that it extends out a minimum of 6 inches on each side.
Position The Rug So That All The Legs Of The Couch Are Placed on the Rug
Placing all legs of the sofa on the rug requires an especially large size rug. This choice is best for floating furniture (as in – furniture that is not placed against a wall) or for anchoring a living room in an open concept space. Placing all pieces of furniture directly on the rug helps unify the different decorative pieces and make the seating area defined.
Position The Rug So That The Front Legs Of The Sofa Are On The Rug
This option is versatile, but it generally works best when one of the edges of the group of furniture is placed against a wall. Since consistency is essential for a cohesive look, the rug size should allow for the front legs of all pieces to rest on it while keeping all the back legs off the rug.
Position The Rug On Coffee Table Only
Since it plays off the scale of the room and tricks the mind into thinking the room is larger than it really is, placing a coffee table on small size rug is ideal for narrow or small spaces. To get the correct proportion, consider the interior measurements of your seating area. This will ensure the right amount of negative space is filled.
How To Place Rugs in Your Dining Room
Determining the proper area rug for a dining room depends on the size and shape of the dining table itself in addition the configuration of the actual room. Deciding on a rectangular vs a round shape rug should be an easy choice based on the room and table shape.
Position The Rug So That All The Dining Table and Chair Legs Are On The Rug
In terms of rug placement for dining rooms, it is clear-cut: place all legs of the table on the rug itself. The bigger rule of thumb is to make sure that the rug extends a minimum of 24 inches from the table legs. This should ensure that the dining room chairs will remain on the rug even when pushed back as people get up from from the table.
*If applicable, do not forget to take any extendable leaves into consideration. If you rarely open the table fully then most people will opt to chose a rug that will look good in the dining room as it is used most of the time.
Rectangular Rug Positioned Under A Rectangular Dining Room Table:
Round Rug Positioned Under A Round Dining Room Table:
How To Place Rugs in Your Bedroom
Since the bed serves as the main focal point for the room, it also serves as the main factor for determining rug’s placement. In addition to further defining the space, a rug offers a soft and warmer spot for your feet to land on each morning.
It is also important to consider other features in the room and accompanying furniture such as nightstands, side tables, vanities or benches. However, furniture along other walls — such as dressers — do not generally need to be considered as factors.
Position The Rug So That It Is Completely Under The Bed
A general rule of thumb is to keep approximately 18 to 24 inches of space around the rug and avoid encroaching on any walkways.
Position The Rug So That 2 / 3 Of It Is Covered by The Bed
This popular option still keeps 18 to 24 inches on all sides as well as some at the foot of the bed. To keep the look of the room symmetrical, consider an 8 x 10 room size rug for queen size beds and a 9 x 12 rug for king size ones.
Place Two Small Runners on Each Side Of The Bed:
This flexible option works with all bed types and sizes. It is an especially excellent choice if both sides of your bed are situated against a wall. It is important to consider scale when contemplating this design. For the “optimal” look and feel, the two runners should not extend past the bed itself and should also be a touch wider than the nightstand.
We hope you enjoyed this how to guide to position and place rugs in rooms. If you have questions that were not covered in this post, please comment below.