choosing the right rug for your room
Rug Size Guide
Choosing the right size of area rug is just as important as selecting a pattern or color. Whether rectangle, square or round, the perfect size and shape of a rug is critical to achieving the right look for a room's particular proportions and design.
For example, the size and shape of a rug can help define sitting, dining or accent areas of a space by accentuating particular groupings of furniture. Furniture can be positioned either directly on the rug or around it depending on the size of the room or the aesthetics you want to achieve. And, use of multiple rugs can draw the eye from one room or area to another.
However, there’s a science to choosing the proper size of rug for a particular application. Use this handy guide to help you determine the right rug for your room.
When considering a rug for the kitchen, think about the space limitations caused by cabinetry, appliances and islands. You may want to consider small rugs in front of task areas, runners or even accent rugs to properly fit the space while softening up the feel of the room.
Bathrooms are small by design, plus you must consider the placement of bath fixtures and vanities with incorporating a rug. You may want to choose a 2’ x 3’, 4’ x 6’ or even an oval rug to achieve the right feel without overwhelming the space.
Entry ways offer a great opportunity for a positive first impression, especially with a round rug or runner. These small spaces usually require a 2’x 3’ up to a 4’ x 6’ rug. Large motifs or medallions can overwhelm a space, however smaller patterns can complement tight quarters and allow the rug to become an accent rather than a focal point.
In bedrooms, there are various ways to incorporate a rug. You may choose a rug large enough to accommodate all of the room’s furniture, with a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all sides. You can even position the rug at an angle for a unique design element.
Or, since in average size bedrooms the bed will cover the majority of a rug, you may want to choose smaller rugs to place around it instead. You can even incorporate a patterned rug in a bedroom with carpeting to add to the room’s decor.
These long linear spaces can be effectively accented using runners that lead the eye from one area to another.
A good rule of thumb is that area rugs should be 3 to 4 feet larger in length and width to the dining room table. You should be able to pull a chair out and sit at the table without the chair legs falling off the edge of the rug. For the typical dining table and chair grouping, an 8’ x 11’ should be the minimal size considered.
One popular room configuration is called a “floating layout”, where all of the furniture fits within the borders of the rug. Every leg should rest on the rug, leaving an adequate border around the furniture to nicely frame in a seating or dining area.
Also, the rug size should be large enough to allow a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all four sides. If the room does not allow for symmetrical positioning, choose a size that will provide equal borders top and bottom, and side to side.
For a grander statement in larger areas, choose a 5’ x 8’ or 6’ x 9’ rug. These sizes allow for a greater design pallet, so the motifs can become larger and more focused on the room’s decor. Make sure your rug will accommodate all four legs of your coffee table. You may want to choose a rug large enough to accommodate all of your room’s furniture, or simply the front legs of your furniture grouping.
Size should be chosen to allow a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all four sides of the rug. If the design of the room does not allow for symmetrical positioning, choose a size that will provide equal borders top and bottom, and side to side.
Wide open living spaces allow for the versatility of a larger rug – such as a 8’ x 10’ or even a 10’ x 13’ depending on the size of the space. Keep in mind that you should balance the space by leaving an equal amount of rug around the furniture grouping and an equal amount of exposed flooring around all four sides of the rug.
If the rug is to be the focal point, a large design element should be used to draw the eye down toward the space. If a piece of furniture or an architectural feature is to be the primary focus of the room, an all-over, repeating pattern should be considered to complement rather than concentrate. And, you might even consider positioning the rug at an angle to add a unique visual element to your space’s design.
Patios & Porches
Rugs have the ability to add comfort to any outdoor setting – whether it’s a patio seating group or screened-in porch dining area.
Choose a rug large enough to allow for a symmetrical border of exposed decking or patio material on all four sides or, in smaller areas, a size that will provide equal borders top and bottom, and side to side.
You may want a rug large enough to accommodate all of your outdoor furniture, or simply one that allows for the front legs of your furniture grouping to rest upon it.