How to Perfectly Place Your Rug

Now that you know what kind of rug you want for your space, it’s time to unroll it and let it brighten up your room. The question is, of course, where should you put it?

“A rug can really make or break a room,” Rug Gallery Assistant Manager Mary John Minter said. “Rugs are such an important design element of the room. Think of it this way — they are basically a third of the overall space.”

But Mary John knows people get overwhelmed by rug anxiety, and she’s ready to help.

“For many people, rugs can be a bit intimidating,” she said. “But they don’t have to be! We’re here to guide you through the process to make it informative and fun.” Here are a few general guidelines for specific rooms in your home.

Rug Size & Placement Tips:

First off, the dining room.

“Dining rooms are a hard-and-fast rule,” Mary John said. “Chairs should always sit on the rug, even when pulled out. To accomplish this, add 24 inches to the length and width of the table to estimate the optimal rug size.” Simple enough!

Lolio rugs, dining room
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Living rooms can be a bit more flexible.

“Living rooms are a bit more ambiguous,” Mary John said. “They’re more fluid. In the living room, ideally, your furniture should be touching the rug. Whether it’s just the front legs or all the legs, the rug should anchor the upholstery.”

In other words, you don’t want to have your rug just floating out in space or sitting only under your coffee table. An area rug in a living room should provide the foundation and add a sense of gravity to the room.

Surya, blue rug
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Finally, don’t forget the bedroom.

“A large rug will up the cozy factor and define the room,” Mary John said. Allow at least 24-30 inches of the rug to extend from either side of the bed so that when you get out of bed, your feet touch the rug instead of the cold floor. Additionally, two small rugs placed on either side of a bed can serve as an alternative.

If your bed is situated in a corner, consider placing a rug on the side of the bed or angling it towards the bottom of the bed. Twin beds placed parallel to each other often need a rug placed in between them.

Loloi rugs, bedroom
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With these tips, you can avoid any unnecessary rug-anxiety and make your home comfortable and gorgeous. And, of course, at Furnitureland South you can get help from your personal Design Consultant about which rug will work best for you and your family.

We aim to make your search for attractive rugs fun, informative and easy. Shop for your perfect rug at Furnitureland South online or in-store today.

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