How To Choose The Right Rug Size

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How To Choose The Right Rug Size

There are so many rug sizes available to give us many options in what to buy. In choosing your rug size, it is important to consider a few things so that it looks perfect for the room.

Area rugs are available in handmade and machine made. They are manufactured in several shapes in a multitude of sizes. Based on this, how does one determine what size to choose for their room? While a few different sizes can work in a room, each will offer benefits and may even have disadvantages. So, it is important to consider some facts first so that the rug you finally choose for your room will look as if it was always a part of the room.


What is the Size of the Room?

One way to choose the rug size is to relate it to the size of the room it will be used in. Often times, people will choose an area rug that almost fills a room. A common issue with this is that the rug then makes the room look smaller than it is. This type of layout can also distract us from the beauty of the rug, mainly that the floor adds a nice border around the rug. When we minimize this border, or frame, the rug tends to look too big for the room. In thinking of the benefits of area rugs, one is to have a nice border of floor framing the rug. This will show off the rug and add more character to the room, particularly if the floor is beautiful.

What is The Setting of the Room?

Another way to determine what size rug to choose for your room is to base it on the actual setting, or use, of the room. Is there a conversation section in the center of the room? Is the room simply full of furniture along the walls? In different settings, you can use different rug sizes. In a living room setting with furniture centered in the room, the area rug can be the size required to fit uncovered in the center of the furniture. Some people like to have the front legs of furniture on the rug and this is fine. Others like the rug to extend completely under all of the furniture – Keep in mind that there is wasted rug this way and since the rug generally is priced according to size, you may be paying for hidden rug. In general, it is a nice look to expose as much rug as possible and this may mean choosing a smaller size rather than covering up more of a larger rug.

What is The Purpose of The Rug?

Determining the purpose of the rug helps to choose the right rug size. Some reasons for a rug are decor, insulation, noise reduction and floor protection. Each one of these reasons creates a different need for a specific rug size. In terms of a decorating mentality, bigger is not always better, as we need to consider how much floor should surround the rug to create the desirable look. There are often rooms that require an area rug to prevent noise, protect the floor or to insulate against cold floors. In these cases, most often, larger is better. So, this would most likely encompass a rug almost as big as the room to maximize the protection to the floor or benefits of insulation.

Spread Newspaper on the Floor

A great way to visualize how an area rug size will look in your room is to spread out several pages of newspaper to fit various rug sizes. Once the newspapers are spread to a size, you can visualize it on the floor and determine what size seems best for you and your use. Since newspaper is solid and covers the floor underneath, this proves to be a great visual and has helped many people decide on rug size. Try shifting the paper to various sizes until you receive the look that grabs your attention.

Area rugs are available in many sizes and rarely limit anyone from choosing one for their room. There are a few variables to consider when choosing the right rug size. Once you consider the facts and determine the look that suits your taste, the area rug will prove to offer many benefits to include decor, comfort and protection. It is important to remember to choose the right rug pad under the rug that you decide to use in the room.

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