As a designer, one thing I am often called to do is help select rugs for my client’s homes. This is one of my favorite tasks, but seems to be something that my clients struggle with the most. With endless options for materials and colors to choose from, it is no wonder that this can be overwhelming and confusing. Not to mention the available price points.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen: Size does matter!
- Pick a rug that is 18-24 inches smaller than the most-narrow part of the room. If a living room is 10’ x 12’, an 8’ x 10’ rug will probably be your best bet. It leaves a 24” border of floor to view, and all furniture should be at least 2/3 on the rug.
- Hallway Rugs Need at least 6” on all sides for doorways and walls to look proportionally correct.
- Rugs that are meant to go under dining tables should extend at least 18” beyond the table on every side: that way all 4 of the chair legs can be on the rug when the chairs are pushed in.
- For Bedroom rugs, always remember the majority of your rug is going to be..where else? Under the bed. You should have at least 3-4’ of the rug on each side and at the foot of your bed showing. That way when you have to jump out of bed, your feet hit a soft, warm surface, rather than a cold hard floor.
- Rugs come in a variety of sizes, but most rugs on the market are made in the following standard sizes: 6′ x 9′, 8′ x 10′, 9′ x 12′, 10′ x 14′, and 12′ x 15′. Measure your room and furniture first, and then decide which of these sizes work best for you.
When in doubt, always size up! You do not want me walking into your home and telling you that beautiful rug you paid several hundred dollars for is the biggest design faux pas in your house!