Position and Place Rugs in Rooms

The Best Way To Position and Place Rugs in Rooms

How To Position and Place Rugs In Rooms – 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.

In the article below we will focus placing antique and vintage rugs when: Choosing Dining Room RugsChoosing The Perfect Bedroom Rugs and Picking Living Room Rugs

How To Place Rugs In Rooms by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs In NYC
How To Place Rugs In Rooms

Here Are Some Tips For 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.

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

Living Room Layout With All The Sofa and Sid Tables Legs On The Rug - Nazmiyal
Living Room Layout With All The Sofa and Sid Tables Legs 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

Living Room Layout With Front Legs of The Couch and Tables Positioned On The Rug - Nazmiyal
Living Room Layout With Front Legs of The Couch and Tables Positioned 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

Living Room Layout With Rug Placed Just Under The Coffee Table - Nazmiyal
Living Room Layout With Rug Placed Just Under The Coffee Table

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:

Rectangular Dining Room Table Layout With Rug Positioned Under The Table - Nazmiyal
Rectangular Dining Room Table Layout With Rug Positioned Under The Table

Round Rug Positioned Under A Round Dining Room Table:

Round Dining Room Table Layout With A Round Rug Positioned Underneath - Nazmiyal
Round Dining Room Table Layout With A Round Rug Positioned Underneath

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

Bedroom Layout With Rug Positioned Under The Entire Bed and Night Stands - Nazmiyal
Bedroom Layout With Rug Positioned Under The Entire Bed and Night Stands

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

Bedroom With Rug Positioned With Most of The Rug Under The Bed - Namziyal
Bedroom Layout With Rug Positioned With Most of The Rug Under 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:

Bedroom Layout With 2 Small Runner Rugs Positioned On Either Side Of The Bed - Nazmiyal
Bedroom Layout With 2 Small Runner Rugs Positioned On Either 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.

See the vintage and antique rugs that we used to illustrate how to position and place rugs in rooms:

Antique Khotan Rug - Nazmiyal
The Antique Khotan Living Room Rug
Antique Persian Kerman Rug - NAzmiyal
The Antique Persian Kerman Bedroom Rug
Antique Turkish Oushak Rug - Nazmiyal
The Antique Turkish Oushak Living Room Rug
Rectangular Antique Persian Tabriz Rug - Nazmiyal
The Rectangular Antique Persian Tabriz Dining Room Rug
Antique French Leleu Art Deco Round Rug - Nazmiyal
Antique French Leleu Art Deco Round Dining Room Rug
Scandinavian Rug by Barbro Nilsson - Nazmiyal
The Scandinavian Living Room Rug by Barbro Nilsson
Vintage French Art Deco Rug - Nazmiyal
The Vintage French Art Deco Bedroom Rug
Colorful Vintage Moroccan Rug - Nazmiyal
Colorful Vintage Moroccan Bedroom Rug
Red and Ivory Vintage Moroccan Rug - Nazmiyal
Red and Ivory Vintage Moroccan Bedroom Rug

This interior decorating blog that explains how to position and place rugs in rooms was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs which is located in the heart of Manhattan, New York City.

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