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Area Rug Placement in Your Home.

Area rug placement can be a hit or miss. The wrong area rug size will throw off the balance of the room and will more often than not, look misplaced or misguided. Whereas the right area rug size, will give the room balance, shape and an attractive visual sight.

Area rugs visually aid in defining the space of a room. When selecting an area rug, furniture and the floor space the rug will be on should be considered. Measure the space you’d like to place the rug. You can do this by using either a measuring tape or a masking tape by creating a map of the space the area rug will occupy. These measurements will guide you when buying your desired area rug. It’s always wiser to go big when in doubt. A big area rug can be tucked under the furniture unlike a small area rug.

To help you have an idea of how to achieve proper area rug placement in your home, follow the tips below;

Dining Room.

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The area rug is the focal point in this dining room

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When selecting an area rug for your dining room, you may want to consider matching the shape of the rug to the shape of the room. Use a square or round rug for a square dining room. Also, use a rectangular shaped area rug for a rectangular shaped room.

If you have a round dining table, a square or round area rug will work best. All the same, make sure there is extra rug room on all sides of the dining table. Get more tips here.

Living room.

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Furniture on the area rug – as it should be.

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How to place an area rug under a sectional sofa.

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After mapping out your living room, you now have an idea of what size of area rug you need. Play safe by getting a big area rug, because you can always tuck it under the furniture. A small area rug in the living room makes the furniture appear uncoordinated and some pieces of furniture may appear bigger in size than the rest.

In case all the 4 legs of the couch/sofa can’t fit on the rug, make sure at least the front 2 legs are on the rug. For this reason, you’ll need to pull the furniture forward.

If you are using a sectional sofa, and you are not too big on design rules, place your area rug diagonally. Make sure one corner of the rug is facing the meeting point of the sectional sofa sections. 

Another important factor to consider when sourcing for an area rug to place under your sectional sofa, think about filling the space inside the ‘L’ of your sectional and perfectly centering your coffee table. See here.

Kitchen.

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The runner rug adds character and comfort to the kitchen.

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You can tell where there’s high foot traffic in this kitchen just by the rug placement.

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Due to the kitchen having a lot of foot traffic, be sure to add a non-slip gripper under your kitchen rug to keep it in place. A narrow kitchen may need a rectangular runner rug. Because the kitchen can be a messy place, use an outdoor rug. Outdoor rugs are durable and easy to clean. They do not damage easily. 

Bathroom.

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Runners look great in long and narrow spaces.

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Dual vanity sinks look great with either small or long runner rugs.

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Just like kitchen area rugs, bathroom rugs should also have a non-slip gripper under them to keep them in place. Not all bathrooms need rugs – if you have the space, please go for it. Moreover, we really don’t have to subscribe to every design rule there is, so if you feel your bath/powder room needs a rug to add some life it, well please feel free.

Entry way.

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Long walkways call for long runner rugs.

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The entry way area rug adds warmth to a home.

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Get a rug with a large geometric shape if your entry way is small. Visually, this will trick the eye into thinking that the space is larger. 

Have fun and let everyone know your personality by selecting a bold and colorful rug. Remember the entryway is the first place your guests see when they enter your home. Let your area rug leave a lasting impression.

Because the entryway has a lot of foot traffic, make sure the area rug is as wide as the door in order to avoid tripping. See more here.

Bedroom.

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Proper area rug placement is demonstrated in this bedroom.

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Introduce color by layering your rugs.

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See this article from Spruce that summarizes 4 easy options when it comes to placing an area rug under your bed.

Area rug placement guides

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Bedroom rug placement

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How to properly place a rug in your home

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To sum up, it’s obvious that you can have area rugs in almost every corner of your home. All you need to consider is; 

  • size and shape of the room
  • size of the rug
  • number of furniture to be placed on the rug

Make sure to use the guides shared above on your next rug shopping trip. 

Let me end this post by wishing that you are all safely quarantined and taking this time to love on your family & friends extra hard, reflect, pray and practice proper hygiene. Wherever you are in the world, I wish you well!

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