What’s The Perfect Size For Your Living Room Rug?

Small rugs, larger ones, rectangular, round, runners, light-coloured, patterned! So many choices! But what is the best rug for my living room? Which size should I choose? How many times have you asked yourself these questions? When it comes to choosing a bedroom rug or a rug for an entryway, things are pretty easy. But, when you have to select a dining room rug, things are more complicated. In fact, it’s an important part of the room’s decoration.

A wonderful living room with a nice rug

It’s the same with all the items you have in the living. You can’t just have an area covered with pots, or your TV on a TV stand in the middle of the room. Every single item should have its place in your living room no to make it look cluttered and messy. Thus, knowing how to decorate your living room, or how to arrange plants or even where to place the TV can save you from lots of troubles. Thankfully, things can become easier. There are some tips and tricks that can help you choose the perfect size for your living rug. Ready to find out? Let’s see!

Why do you need a rug in the living room?

Rugs aren’t just making a room warmer. They’re more than that! They can make your living space into a completely new room, no matter the rug material. Whether you choose your rug to be at a focal point or get an accent rug, it can either add style into a room or not! And that depends on various factors. If you choose the perfect rug, you can create a cohesive look for your sitting area.

But why are rugs important in a sitting room? Here are 10 reasons you should think of when you can’t decide if you are going to lay a rug or not.

  1. It makes the room brighter. Rugs in light tones can make dark rooms look brighter, especially dark floors, walls, or furniture.
  2. It can boost your decor. There are rugs in different size, shape, colour and material. Finding the perfect one for your space can boost the overall decor of the room.
  3. It covers up any floor imperfections. If your floor has any cracked tiles, scratches or any other issues, laying a rug is a perfect choice to cover them.
  4. It can bind together a room. Rugs can separate areas in open-plan rooms, but they can also connect everything in a room, from furniture to wall and decorative items.
  5. It protects flooring. No matter the flooring type, rugs can offer perfect protection to the most expensive investment around the house. Rugs can protect the floor from the dining table and the chair legs, the coffee table and so on.
  6. It increases warmth and comfort. Covering your floors with rugs help your house be warmer and more comfortable, as rugs can hold the heat.
  7. It increases safety. Having kids around the house, it’s important to have your whole house covered with rugs, especially the seating area where they tend to spend most of their time. A rug can protect young toddlers from falling and hurting their heads and knees.
  8. It reduces noises. Rugs can absorb the noises of walking or dropping items onto the floor. It’s rather helpful, especially if you have hardwood floors.
  9. It prevents allergies. Contrary to the recent case, carpets can filter the air by trapping dust, pollen, and other harmful particles and improving the indoor air in your living space.
  10. It adds style. Due to the colour, texture, and pattern, rugs can make a room more interesting and add your personal touch. Just don’t overdo it with colours as you’ll have the opposite results.

A living room rug makes the whole place looks beautiful

Things you need to know before shopping for a rug

Area rugs are the best choice for those who don’t want an entire room of carpet, as area rugs are easier to clean, remove and replace. When shopping for area rugs, there are some DOs and DON’Ts you should keep in mind.

Area rugs DO reach out under furniture pieces

When choosing your area rug, be sure it’s large enough to extend under the main furniture of the sitting room. Furniture legs should be on top of the rug. If it’s a smaller rug, you should have the front legs of the largest furniture pieces on it and the back legs off. All the smaller pieces have to be on the rug.

DO leave even space

A good rule to follow is to place the rug in the centre of the room. This way, you’ll be able to leave even floor space on all sides of the rug and between the furniture. You should leave about 20-60cm on all sides. The typical space that all interior designers recommend is 45cm. However, if there isn’t enough space, you can leave 20cm.

DO know how to clean it

Before making your final choice, check the care instructions. Some rugs, usually those made of natural fibres like jute or sisal, are cheaper but, you can’t clean them. Thus, you’ll have to replace them if they get filthy.

DON’T hesitate to add colour and pattern

One of the best things with area rugs is that there are so many affordable choices, so you have a wide variety of colours and patterns to choose from. Choose a colourful rug and turn your room into a more enjoyable room. Don’t worry, though! If you get tired of it after a couple of years, you can switch it out with a new one.

DON’T cut back on the size

Don’t make the mistake most people do, and get a smaller rug than you really need. OK! We understand! Most large rugs are quite expensive, but they’re still cheaper than wall-to-wall carpets. So, go for a big rug and leave the small ones behind.

A large rug under a yellow couch in a living room

Some basic rules

Before deciding which rug to buy, you should know some basic rules to make the best choice. There are more to consider beyond the colour, the pattern and the texture of the rug.

The basic rule is to leave a 20cm free space around all sides of the rug. What’s more, before buying your rug:

  1. Map out the room to scale.
  2. Think of the furniture size and exposure to the sun.
  3. Focus on the spots that interest you and how everything can blend harmonically.

Are there any rules that you need to follow while placing your rugs?

Now, if you are wondering how to place the rug, see the following rules on how to lay a small or larger rug.

Rule 1: All legs on the rug

You need to have a large rug to have this layout. This is the ideal option when you don’t have any big piece of furniture against a wall. When all your furniture’s legs are on the carpet, this layout will tie together all the pieces and define your sitting area without making your furniture look like it’s floating. It’s the best option for open concept areas.

Rule 2: Front legs sit on the rug

This is the perfect layout when one piece of furniture is against a wall. You can create a cohesive look without buying a rug that will cover an area that isn’t visible. Get a rug that will allow the front legs of your couch and chairs to be on it.

A coush with only its front legs on a rug

Rule 3: All legs off the rug

It isn’t the interior designers’ favourite layout, but it’s still recommended, especially for small or narrow rooms.  Get a small rug placed in the centre of your sitting area. Allow only the coffee table to be on the rug and the rest of the furniture grouping off.

What’s the right size rug for your living room?

Before shopping for your rug, the first thing to do is find out what size rug to get and then decide the design, colour and pattern. It’s the most important factor as it can make an area more balanced, or choosing the wrong size can be disastrous. A rug can bridge and bind together everything in a room or define areas in open-plan rooms.

Usually, most homeowners choose rugs that are too small for their space. As a result, the room looks smaller than it really is. You shouldn’t decide the rug’s size based on the room’s size, but based on your furniture and how you have arranged them in the area. Hence, the main factor you should consider when choosing your rug’s size is to think of how you have placed every piece of furniture in the room. This rule applies to choosing the rug for your sitting room, dining room and bedroom.

Choose the ones that suit you best

When looking for a rug, you should consider your furniture and the layout options we’ve mentioned before. What’s more, you should consider whether it’s an open plan area or not. A rug in an open concept area will define it better than you think.

To choose the right rug for your room, you need to follow the below top tips and make your place the most comfortable, elegant, and aesthetic room.

A nice living room with a rug for great design

Select the right size

The first thing to do is to decide what rug size to buy. To help you decide the perfect rug, you can visualise how an area rug will look:

  1. Get a masking tape and create the rug placement.
  2. Keep at least 45cm bare floor on all sides. If the room is smaller than the average, then leave 20cm.
  3. Once you have marked the place where you want to lay the rug, take notes of these dimensions as they are going to help you choose the proper size from the standard sizes for rugs from the chart below.

Decide the shape

The most typical shape for area rugs in sitting rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms is rectangular. Round rugs are more usual in bedrooms, but they can be a focal point in sitting rooms, playrooms, or study rooms.

Determine the style of your living area

Finally, you have to decide what to follow, vintage, ethnic, minimalist, traditional? As soon as you determine your place’s style, you can choose the texture, pattern, and colour of your rug. There are so many styles!

Most common rug sizes

To help you get an idea of the standard sizes, we have a chart with recommended rug sizes according to the room’s size.

Room sizeRecommended rug size
1.5 x 2m0.9 x 1.5m
2 x 3m1.5 x 2.5m
3 x 3.6m2.5 x 3m
3.3 x 4m2.7 x 3.6m
4.2 x 5m3.6 x 4.5m

A wonderful living room with a great decor

Having covered your floors with rugs will make your living room feel cosier and warmer. It’s an inexpensive solution for those who don’t want to spend a fortune on a wall-to-wall carpet. You can find various rugs of different sizes, colours, patterns and textures. Measure your living room, determine the size and style you want for your seating area and choose the type and size of rug that best fits your needs.

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