How to Choose the Perfect Rug Size


The best rug doesn’t look amazing just on its own – it needs to complement the space and the entire look of your interior. It’s interesting how the size of a rug, not just its appearance, can influence the dynamics of a room.   So, how do you select the best size for your home?


  1. Define the dimensions of a room with measuring tape: this is important because you need to outline the area where you want your rug.  Consider the location of doors and how they will open.  Do these simple things up front and you can purchase with confidence.
  2. Keep at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed by the rugs edges: this is a classic rule that works for most rooms.  If  your room is smaller, then feel free to bend this rule a bit.  The key is to get the proportion right.
  3. Rugs can create an optical illusion – make this work in your favor: an undersized rug makes the room appear small and disconnected.  When in doubt, go for the bigger size.  It’ll unify the furniture and make the room appear bigger than it actually is.
  4. Bend the Rules: With all this said, remember that there are standard rules for standard rooms.  If you’ve got an unusual room layout or furniture arrangement, you’ll have to be flexible.  Ultimately, if you think it looks good – take the plunge!



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