Whether you’re talking about the living room or the kitchen, there’s no denying you need the right rug. Explore home photos in magazines or online, and you’ll see that rugs can truly define a space.
Yet choose rug sizes that are too small, and your rooms will look odd or underfurnished. Choose rug sizes that don’t fit your layout properly, and the space becomes disjointed. To help you pick the right rug size for living room decorating or the best runner for your galley kitchen, here’s a helpful guide.
The Living Room
Obviously, selecting the right rug size for a living room arrangement depends on your space. How large is it? Where is your furniture placed? If it’s an especially big room, go with a large rug that can help you define the seating area.
All your furnishings, from the sofa to the armchairs, should be able to rest comfortably on the rug without making you feel cramped.
In small living rooms where space is at a premium, opt for a rug centered beneath the coffee table in the middle of the room. Or, in living rooms where furniture sits against a wall, try to have the front legs of all furniture resting on the rug.
When adding a rug to the bedroom, extend it around the bed, don’t let it get completely hidden. Aim for at least 3 feet of rug around all sides of the bed — or at least on the right and the left.
Another good option is to pair matching runners on both sides of the bed or along the foot of it.
In the kitchen, there are a few possibilities for smart area rug placement. Choose a small 2-foot-by-3-foot rug to place in front of the sink, for example. Or, if you have a galley kitchen or a kitchen with a large island, try laying a long runner along the length of the room.
In a high-traffic space such as the kitchen, an area rug adds wonderful cushioning for your feet, while also making the room look more attractive.
The Dining Room
In the dining room, a rug should be big enough to place your table and chairs on it. Likewise, it should extend 2 feet beyond each side of the table, to allow room for pushing chairs out. You don’t want a guest pushing his or her chair out only to find the legs are catching on a too-small rug.
When you’re shopping area rugs and debating sizes, keep the above principles in mind. For extra insurance, remember that bigger is usually better. If you’re torn between a certain rug or another larger option, opt for the big one.
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