If there’s one thing that we know for sure, it’s that a room design cannot be complete with a rug. It’s only choosing the right size that generally proves to be problematic. How big should it be? Should you go for a smaller one? Regardless of the room that you are planning to “rug out,” here are our tips on how to find the right-size rug for any room in your house.
Rugs for the Living Room
If your living room is big, with furniture floating around the center of it, you should pick a rug that fits under all the furniture – but without feeling too cramped. The rug should stop a few inches behind the furniture, enough that there is space between the wall and the end of the rug.
On the other hand, if the furniture is placed along the wall, you might want to choose a rug that covers halfway under the furniture. This means that only two legs (the front ones) should be on the rug. If the living room is, however, small, you should center it right in the middle – for example, under the coffee table.
Rugs for the Hallway
The rug size of your hallway will depend on the actual size of your hallway. Ideally, the rug should run straight along the center – with the side furniture resting on the bare floor. On the other hand, if you only have furniture on one wall, you should choose a rug that only covers the remaining space. Make sure to also leave a few inches between where the rug stops and where the furniture/wall starts.
Rugs for the Kitchen
In the kitchen, there will be quite a lot of traffic – and quite a lot of spills as well. This is why you should opt for a small rug that fits just in front of your kitchen table. On the other hand, if you have a narrow galley kitchen or a center island, you should pick a size that runs down the empty space.
Rugs for the Dining Room
In this case, things are very clear: you need to pick a rug that extends beyond all sides of the table. The chairs and the table should obviously be sitting on the rug. Make sure to allot around 24 inches beyond each table-side. This way, you will be sure that the chair will not go off the rug whenever it gets pushed back.
Rugs for the Bedroom
Bedroom rugs should generally frame your bed and should extend some 36 inches around it. As an alternative idea, you could pick one that extends only on the sides – leaving the foot of the bed bare.
Ultimately, the size of the rug depends on your own preferences – as well as the size of the room. If you want the furniture to stay all on the rug, take the measurements and pick a fitting rug. On the other hand, if you want to choose a rug that’s half under the furniture (or not at all), you may do so as well.
Ultimately, it will depend on how much of the floor you wish to cover. Hopefully, our guide on how to choose the right rug size proved helpful.