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Room By Room Guide on How Best to Place Rugs Around Your Home


Rugs are such a versatile style tool. They add style and infuse warmth and personality to any space. Are rugs are also great for defining zones in your living and office spaces. View this collection of luxury rugs from Lawrence of La Brea and find the perfect rug for your space. Or you may also consider rugs sf for more choices and designs.

It’s not enough to have that perfect rug. It is crucial that you know where and how to place your rug to achieve that wonderful feel and look. Among the top factors that will influence your rug placement are the size of your room, and the configuration of your furniture.

That said, here is a simple outline of what will work for different spaces in your home

1. Rugs in the Living Room

If yours is a smaller living room or an extended enclosed patio, consider a smaller rug that can float in the space between your sofa sets. You can leave some at least 6 inches between the rug and your sofa. You can opt for a larger rug that comes close to a wall-to-wall carpet to make your room appear larger.

For mid-sized living room, you want to keep your sofa around the rug such that only the front legs sit on the rug. Ensure you pick a rug big enough to extend beyond the sides of each sofa, on either side.

Go for a larger rug to frame your larger living room. All the furniture will go on the rug.  Instead of one large rug, you can also use two or more smaller rugs to divide the room up. This option is great if you are looking to have different seat arrangements in the same room.

Whatever the size of your living room, having an open floor plan may make it look like your furniture is floating. Throw in a carefully placed rug and you can anchor that space and define a space  for entertaining or relaxing.

2. Rugs in the Dining Room

Center your rug under the dining table, whatever the size of your table.  When choosing the size of your rug, make sure its big enough to fit all the chairs in your dining room set.  You want the shape of your rug to match the shape of your table. For a round dinning table, best to go with a round-shaped rug, the same way a rectangular-shaped rug would be perfect for a rectangular dining table.

You want all the seats comfortably sitting on the rug even when you pull out the chair from the table when sitting down or leaving the table. For dining rooms, you don’t want the chairs half on, and half off of the rug.

In addition to rug size and placement, you want to be particular with your choice of rugs for the dining room. To avoid your chair getting wobbly after pulling it out from under the table, ensure that the rug you choose is flat. High-pile and shaggy rugs may not provide that perfect flat surface.  Additionally, a perfectly flat surface is also easier to clean when there is a food or drink spillage.

3. Rugs in the Kitchen

Over the past few years, kitchen rugs have become quite popular. Persian rugs are a top pick for their stunning and intricate designs. Rugs in the kitchen transform that space from just a working space to a more inviting and warmer space. This way,  you can enjoy a chat with one or more people as you cook.

Keep the rug in the space between your sink and the stove. Aesthetics aside, the rug helps to keep your feet warm as you go about cooking and doing the dishes.

4. Rugs in the Bedroom

How big a rug you should get for your bedroom depends so much on the size of your bed, and any other pieces of furniture you may have in the room. For a king-size bed, for example, a  9’ by 12’would be great.

The most popular choice when it comes to placing is to have the rug partially under the bed, and the rest of it out in the open. This way, you will have plenty of soft surface to step on when you get out of your bed and moving around your room.

If you are not too keen on having a big rug under your bed, you may want to consider placing runners or smaller rugs around the bed. This way, you still have a warm and soft space to step on in the underground room.

Other features in your bedroom, including accompanying furniture such as side tables, nightstands and vanities  are also something to consider. You don’t need to pay as much attention to other furniture along the walls including dressers.

 Bottom Line

There are so many rules worth following when selecting the best way to place rugs in the different rooms in your home. With these pointers you can place your rugs not just for aesthetic appeal, but also to improve the flow in your rooms.

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus, a distinguished interior designer with a Bachelor’s in Design and Environmental Analysis, has been transforming spaces with his unique aesthetics for over two decades. His professional journey includes working with top design firms before venturing into freelance design consulting. His expertise was cultivated through years of working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He joined our editorial team and offers readers a blend of contemporary style and practical decorating solutions. He is also an ardent traveler, drawing inspiration from different cultures to enrich his design philosophy.

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