Behind The Design: Your Guide To Rug Sizing
Most people shop for a new rug based on it's appearance, (which we completely understand!) but another key factor to consider when purchasing a new rug is the size! The size of a rug can completely change the dynamic of the room. A 5x8 or 8x10 rug might fit nicely in your living room but opting for the larger rug makes the room feel larger! Alternatively, a very large room may call for multiple, smaller rugs to differentiate and divide sections of a room. Today, let's dive into the very best fit for each space in your home!
When it comes to finding the right rug for your living room, it typically comes down to the following choices: 5x8, 8x10, and 9x12! In an ideal setup, the furniture is all on the rug! However, we've been known to place only the front legs of chairs and sofas on the rug. There's always an exception to the "rules" especially if you've fallen for a rug that's just a tad too small for all of the furniture to fit on. When in doubt, choose the 9x12! The larger rug will make your space feel larger, so long as at least 18 inches of bar floor are exposed around the rug.
If you decide to opt for a dining room rug (we don't always add one!) the process of selecting the right rug is pretty straight forward. The legs of all chairs should sit comfortably on the rug, even when pulled out for people to sit. Just as you would in the living room, keep at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed all the way around the edges of the rug. For a round table, an 8ft round rug is typically a great starting place for dining tables with 4-6 chairs. For rectangular dining tables with 6-8 chairs try a 9x12 or 8x10!
Pro tip: If a 9x12 or 8x10 just isn't working out for you, come in and see us! We offer a huge selection of custom rugs available in just about any size!
Oh, how we love a soft bedroom rug! It's an easy way to add texture and warmth to "cozy up" your space! For a bedroom rug really only one proper approach. Rugs should be laid horizontally (or on occasion, vertically!) underneath the bed, with part of the rug exposed on each side and at the end. For a queen-sized bed, you can easily get away with an 8x10 rug, but for a king, it may be better to elect for the 9x12 option! A large portion of the rug will be exposed all the way around the sides and foot of the bed. Just as it would in a living room, the larger the rug, the larger the room will appear!