You can give your room an instant makeover with the quick switch of a rug. Everything about a rug, from the texture of its construction to its color scheme and the overall design, can heavily influence — and therefore change — the design statement in the room. Another important detail that shouldn’t be overlooked is rug size. Admittedly, figuring out the best rug size for any room can be a difficult task. Follow these expert tips and diagrams to help you choose the best rug size for your space.
There’s nothing better than hitting the warm, soft surface of a rug when you roll out of bed in the mornings. To create a cozy border, allow an additional 30″ on each side of the bed. From there, the size of the rug can vary depending on how much or little flooring you’d like to see.
For chairs to slide in and out comfortably, you should add 24″-30″ to each side of the table for the perfect rug size. If your table has extensions or leaves, take measurements with them in place, so you’ll have a large enough rug regardless of the size of your dinner party.
In a living room, the rug helps define the space. To create an inviting, inclusive feel, choose a rug large enough to extend past all of your seating. To highlight a particular area, layer your foundation rug with a smaller rug that makes a big statement. If your living room space is very large, consider dividing it into separate seating areas, each with its own rug.
Still not sure if the size is right for your room? Use painter’s tape to outline the area you’d like to cover, measure the perimeter and pick the nearest size in your favorite rug.