Using Area Rugs in your Home
Area rugs are a wonderful addition to a room for a number of reasons. They are often used in tandem with hard surface flooring such as hardwood, tile, laminate or vinyl, because they add a level of protection over your flooring. They also protect against heavy impacts from things such as furniture or foot traffic.
Area rugs can add warmth and a soft surface underfoot, they can break up a room into different sections, they can add a pop of color or style, or they can add a combination of all three! Before buying an area rug, it is important to consider what the rug will be used for. This consideration will determine the sizing and placement you will choose.
Rug Sizing and Placement
While some may say there are rules when it comes to area rugs, we like to consider it more of an art. Current trends and your personal style will play a big role in how you choose to use an area rug in your home. Consider the layout of the room and how your rug will work together with your furniture.
When choosing a rug for your home, begin with the dimensions of the room and consider the furniture and its positioning. Using masking tape or newspaper to outline where the rug will go can be an extremely helpful tool for visualizing the final effect.
Since furniture layout will differ between living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms, here are some options for each room.
- Living Rooms - Living spaces are the most versatile, as they are generally the largest, most open space in the home. Keep in mind furniture, and the room's ultimate purpose... comfort! Consider thinking "outside the box" -- almost any shape can be effective in a living space
- Bedrooms - When choosing a rug for a bedroom, room sized rugs should be large enough that you can take a step or two away from the bed and still be on the rug. In rooms with two beds, especially children's rooms, a rug looks perfect centered between the two.
- Dining Rooms - Room and table size are both important when purchasing a dining room rug. There must be 18-24 inches of rug on all sides, so that chairs remain on the rug as people push back from the table. Ovals lend themselves to dining arrangements. If you frequently entertain, make sure to get a rug large enough to accommodate any extra leaves for the table. Don't forget to take into account the other furniture in the room
- Kitchens - Kitchens are perfect for shapes. Rounds, octagons, free forms and any designs with interesting borders help define the space.
Four Delightful Ways to Decorate with Area Rugs
Clean Cut Living Room
Place all of the furniture entirely onto the surface of the rug. This traditional option will achieve a uniform and cohesive look, and the larger-sized rug will make a big impact on the look of the room.
Cozy Living Room
Gather all your furniture around the periphery of a small area rug you’ve placed in the middle. Make sure the area rug is the same or a little longer than the couch to keep the room feeling proportional.
Functional Dining Room
Choose a rug that mimics the shape of your dining table. Select one that is large enough to keep the legs of all chairs on the rug even when they are pulled out to ensure an easy way to and from the table.
Choose a smaller rug that flanks the bed for a budget friendly option that will keep your toes warm when you get in and out of bed. Don’t be afraid to go bold with a bright color or pattern!
Entrances and Hallways
What about entryways or oddly shaped rooms? As most entryways will differ in size, it will be important for you to measure your space. Runners are traditionally designed to be a few inches smaller than your hallway’s width (this actually makes your hallway appear longer!) You may also choose circular rugs or other shapes if that is the best way to fill negative space.
Custom Area Rugs
Some rooms in your home may need something smaller or specially made to fit. While local Carpet One stores carry so many unique and beautiful area rugs from quality brands, many of them also offer custom services like area rug backing and binding. Often, you can choose between the new carpets they sell, or you can browse their remnant inventories to find a hidden gem.
If your local Carpet One offers this service, they will be able to cut and finish any piece of carpet to your exact dimensional specifications! Please check with your local store about this service.
Area Rug Inspiration
From bold and bright to pristine and purposeful, there are so many ways to use area rugs in a room. Looking for design inspiration and other tips? Click here to learn more.
Area rug brands will vary by store since each store carries a varied regional assortment. Many local Carpet One stores also carry national brands like Surya, Masland, Karastan, Kaleen, Nourison, Kas, Couristan, Milliken and Stanton.
Ready to Unroll?
Already envisioning how your area rug will fit into your next room? Have more questions about custom area rugs? Don’t hesitate to contact your local store to get more information about the specific products and services they offer. Each of our stores is proud to offer their own assortment of regional brands from around their local area. When it comes to rugs, we’ve got you covered!