How to measure and choose the right rug size

Next to selecting drapery, rug shopping can be one of the most time consuming parts of decorating your home. But, alas; we're here to help! If you are left unsure after reading our notes, err on the side of purchasing the larger of the two rug sizes you are considering. A rug should be the anchor that grounds the room, not underwhelm it.

DINING ROOM

EXTEND RUG AT LEAST 18" PAST THE EDGES OF THE TABLE TO ACCOMMODATE CHAIRS EVEN WITH PUSHED BACK

BUFFETS, CABINETS, AND OTHER FURNITURE CAN SIT ON RUG, BUT IT IS NOT NECESSARY

BEDROOM

EXTEND RUG AT LEAST 24" ON ALL SIDES OF BED

IN SMALL ROOMS WITH LITTLE CLEARANCE NEAR DOORS AND CLOSETS, TRY A ROUND RUG

L A R G E  R O O M / L I V I N G  R O O M

choose a rug with a width 2' smaller than the shortest wall in the spacE

EACH CONVERSATION AREA SHOULD GET ITS OWN RUG, TIED TOGETHER WITH COLOR AND PATTERN

TRY TO PLACE ALL FOUR LEGS OF EACH PIECE OF FURNITURE ON THE RUG, BUT IF ONLY THE FRONT LEGS FIT, THAT'S OK, TOO

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