One of the most common questions we receive is how to choose the right size rug for your room. Homepolish designer Ariel Okin gets into the nitty gritty, because size really does matter.
For most people, space planning is hard, particularly when it comes to gauging the right rug size for a room. Rugs also take up a considerable portion of a design budget, so there’s extra hesitation built in. How can you make sure you’re spending with confidence when throwing down that cold, hard cash? Follow along below for three key tips to consider prior to buying.
Proportion is Key
This point cannot be overstated. Everything in life is relative, but when designing, everything is to scale. Bedroom rugs should frame the bed, ideally extending about 32” – 36” around each side, and similarly, dining room rugs should do the same for your table. You don’t want the rug to be so small that your dining chairs are half-on/half-off the rug. Look for 20”- 24” extending beyond all four corners of the dining table. For kitchens, a standard 2×3, or hallway runner if you’ve got a galley kitchen, will do the trick. Anything bigger and the space will start to feel overpowered.
Know Your Sizes
If you’re #blessed with an oversized living room, sometimes a standard 8×10 rug might not be large enough. If you have enough space to place furniture in the center of the room, the rug should be big enough that it fits underneath each piece. Sizes to consider in this range are 8×10, 10×10, 9×12, 11×14 and 12×12.
If you’re in the middle, fret not, Goldilocks. When furniture is positioned along a wall, aim to have at least two legs of each piece of furniture on top of the rug. Common sizes for this type of layout are 6×9 and 8×10.
If you’re running on the smaller side, sometimes less is more. Center your rug just under the dining or coffee table, for example, to define a space without creeping into another. For this type of area, you’re looking at a 4×6 or 5×7.
Awkward Spaces Don’t Have to Be Awkward
Do you have a really narrow entryway and don’t know what to do with it? That’s perfectly okay (and exactly why we’re here)!
Try using a runner (typically 2×6, or 3×12) as the center of your space, to both ground the eye and balance out the accompanying furniture. Placing the furniture on either side of the runner creates a designated walkway, and also a moment for a stylish entry chair or console on either wall. If you don’t have enough space for furniture on either side, create a one way street (eg. console up against the wall and runner in the middle). A little bit of symmetry never hurt nobody.
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