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Rug Rule Book


Area rugs are important because they ground a room, protect your floor and add interest and texture to a space. However, it can sometimes be a little bit tricky to size 'em right. Luckily, we've come up with some rug rules to live by to ensure that your room's properly covered!

Standard Living Room

e.g. average-size rooms with three or four closed off walls

  • Your rug should cover the entirety of the room save for a 12-inch band around its perimeter (see below). This way, the rug will leave the hardwood partially exposed, but be close enough to the walls so as to anchor the furniture.
  • Don't choose a small area rug that just sits under the coffee table. This will make the room appear smaller and do nothing to complement the furniture.

A rendering of Steven and Chris' area rug rules for a standard living room.

Great Room/Loft

e.g. loft-style spaces without walls or with just one wall

  • In an open-concept space, it's the furniture that dictates the scale of the area rug. All furniture should have a minimum of two feet resting on the rug (e.g. the two front legs of the sofa or side tables).
  • There are no precise measurements here; just be sure that each piece has its place on the rug. This will prevent the furniture from looking like it's floating in space.

A rendering of Steven and Chris' area rug rules for a open-concept loft space.


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