In order to arrange your furniture, whether you’re moving into a new space or renovating an existing one, you’ll need to determine where all of your furniture will go. And one of the most important steps in arranging your furniture is determining the proper placement of any area rugs you intend to put down.
Let’s be honest: selecting the ideal rug for a modern home may be a difficult task, both in terms of design (it serves as the foundation for your entire space, so you need to choose one that you adore!) and in terms of size, no matter how many times you measure.
The good news is that kknowing where it will be placed in your room and how you want to arrange your furnishings on top of it will assist you in getting the size just right every time you purchase one.
Here are some of the tips that will help you in taking your decisions easily:
1. In the Dining Room
Placing a rug in the dining room is primarily motivated by the desire to enhance the experience of dining. Make sure the rug under your dining table is centred and that it is large enough to fit all of the chairs before placing it. The idea is to ensure that the chairs continue to rest nicely on the rug as they are dragged out and away from the table so that someone may sit in them. When the rug is taken out, you don’t want chairs that are half on and half off the rug.
If you’re not sure what size to buy, take out the chairs surrounding your table and measure the area so you can be sure your rug will fit exactly underneath it when you get it home.
2. In the Living Room
Placing a rug in the living room becomes a bit more difficult, but it still relies on the size of your area and how you want to arrange your furniture. For living rooms of varying proportions, you have three primary options:
For smaller living rooms, you have two options – you can use a smaller rug (such as a 5′ by 8′) that can float in the room between the furniture but beneath the coffee table, or you can use a larger rug (such as a 7′ by 9′) that can float in the room between the furniture and under the coffee table (A rug that sits six to 12 inches in front of the sofa will anchor your space nicely, and still allows for walking room around the furniture.)
In addition, to make your area appear larger, you’ll really want a larger rug that fits all of your furniture (such as the one seen in the larger room section below) to bring the space together. Choose a bigger rug (such as an 8′ by 10′) for mid-sized rooms and arrange your large, anchor furniture (such as the couch) such that just the front legs of your sofa are on top of the rug’s surface. It is necessary, however, for the rug to reach over the edges of the sofa as well.
Getting a larger rug (such as a 9′ by 13′) and utilising it to frame your area is a good idea for larger spaces. After that, arrange all of the furniture on top of the rug fully. Just make sure there is enough space around the edge of the rug for walking so that you aren’t walking on and off the rug in sections. As an alternative, if you’re attempting to split a large space into several smaller places (for example, different seating arrangements or an open concept with dining and seating areas), use different rugs to designate each of these smaller areas.
Even if the suggested modern rug sizes above don’t exactly fit with the measurements of your home, you can still use the same placement ideas and choose a rug that is based on the proportions of your living room and the furnishings in your room.
3. In the Bedroom
Choosing the right size for your bedroom is mostly determined by the size of your bed. For a queen bed an 8′ by 10′ rug is ideal, while a 9′ by 12′ rug is preferable (and the same size is appropriate for two twin beds in a children’s room, according to the designer). A rug of 5′ by 8′ should be plenty for a bedroom
When it comes to rug placement, you have a plethora of possibilities, but the most popular is to partially tuck the rug beneath the bed. As a result, you’ll want to lay the rug perpendicular to the bed and drag it under, stopping a few inches before the nightstands, so that it’s around halfway under your mattress, with the bed centred on top. This increases the amount of usable rug space while also providing you with a comfortable place to walk onto when getting out of your bed.
If you have a smaller room, you can also try just placing a rug in the middle of the room or at the foot of the bed to add interest and help tie the design together more effectively. If you don’t want to put a big area rug under the bed or in the bedroom at all, there is a simple solution: just put runners on either side of the bed on either side of the bed. No matter how big or small the room (or bed) is, you’ll still have that soft, comfortable feeling as you step out onto the floor first thing in the morning.
One thing to keep in mind no matter what room you’re putting a rug in is that it should be comfortable. Keep in mind that carpets may produce an optical illusion, so make the most of this to your advantage. Using a rug that is too tiny may make any place appear disjointed. When in doubt, choose for the larger rug since it will bring the furniture together and make the space appear larger than it actually is.