Choosing the right rug size for your space is difficult, especially because rugs can be expensive and therefore intimidating. In general people buy rugs that are too small because 5×7’s and 6×9’s are so much cheaper than 8×10’s or 9×12’s, but it’s often going to make the whole space look chopped up and accidental so in a way you’ve just wasted that money.
Here are some tips that you can follow to help you decide:
1. Measure the size of your SEATING AREA
before shopping and get the closest size up from that. If your budget is tight and your room is small you can have a smaller rug that floats in front of all the furniture – this is especially ok if your sofa is backed up against the wall – you don’t need to waste the rug real estate under the sofa if you can’t even see that it’s there. But if your furniture is floating or if your room is big, get a larger rug, otherwise it will make the room look smaller, chopped up and totally out of proportion. One of the main functions of a rug is to pull the room together.
2. Orient the rug to the room
If you have a long rug, orient it length – wise. If you have more of a chubby, fat room, orient it horizontally.
3. Legs on or off?
This is a question I get ALL the time and my best tip is BE CONSISTENT. If you don’t have a massive rug that fits all your furniture (because yes, that is ideal) then make sure that you are at least consistent with how you handle the legs; if your sofa legs are off, have the chair legs off the rug as well. If your sofa is all on, then you can’t have the chairs all off or it will really chop up the conversation area.
4. Square rugs are for square rooms.
That is all. Round rugs are for foyers/entries or kids room/family rooms that are more playful (or round shaped rooms in case you live in a Yurt).
5. If you have a rug that is too small
but you love it, then buy a large sisal that fits the whole seating area and layer your favorite rug on top.
6. Make sure that your rug is has at least 6-10″
on either side of the sofa. This is crucial. If the width of the rug is the same as the width of the sofa then you are in trouble – it will look too small and create a bowling alley effect.