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How to Choose Area Rugs for Every Room in Your Home

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[Post updated 9/20/2016]

Picking out area rugs can be a daunting task. It can feel like there are so many things to consider! Because of this, some people tend to leave rug purchases until the end of a redecorating project, settling for something that’s merely “good enough.” Even worse, they might give up altogether and convince themselves their space doesn’t really need a rug.

Big mistake. Big. Huge.

Why Use Area Rugs?

There are tons of benefits to having area rugs in your space! Let’s take a look at a few:

Visual appeal

Nothing ties a space together like a stylish rug. It’s an easy way to unify different design elements within a room for a cohesive look that flows from wall to wall. In addition, area rugs can create different zones within larger spaces.

Home safety

Area rugs provide a twofold defense against injuries. When used with a rug pad, they prevent shifting and slipping, helping you keep your balance. Plus, if someone does happen to take a tumble, a rug provides extra cushioning to help prevent those painful lumps and bumps.

Protect your hardwood floors

Over time, even tiny amounts of dirt and grime can scratch your hardwood floors, dulling the finish and making your home look run-down. Area rugs will reduce everyday wear on your floors and protect them against stains, water damage and more.

Noise reduction

Hardwood and tiled floors are super desirable at the moment, but their sound-magnifying properties are decidedly less so. Area rugs provide a simple fix by muffling and absorbing all kinds of noise, from your favorite tunes to the clicking of Fido’s claws.

Allergy-proof your home

Many people think area rugs are a no-go for anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma. Not so! A study commissioned by the German Allergy and Asthma Society showed that rug fibers actually trap allergens and other irritants, preventing them from being inhaled. A quick once-over with a vacuum removes these particles, allowing you to breathe easily.

How to Choose an Area Rug

To make your shopping easier, we’ve compiled our top tips for buying area rugs.

Small Living Room Rugs

Smaller rugs can be a great option for living rooms.

For the perfect fit, choose a rug that’s approximately the same length and width of the furniture in the space.

Leave space between the rug and the rest of your furniture, or place just the front legs of your furniture on the rug.

Large Living Room Area Rugs

A larger rug is a great way to tie together a living room or great room.

Create a balanced look by leaving an equal amount of rug around your furniture.

Leave an equal amount of flooring around your rug. Don’t choose a rug that’s so large it touches the baseboard around your room.

Dining Room Area Rugs

Choose a rug that has a stylish border, since the table will cover the center design.

Your rug should extend at least 24” beyond each edge of the table, allowing guests to pull out their chairs easily. Be mindful of table leaves when you measure!

Use your table shape and room dimensions as a guide for choosing a rug shape.

Bedroom Area Rugs

If you want to place a rug under your bed, allow for 3’ of rug on both sides of the bed.

Keep in mind how much of the rug design your bed will cover. Bedrooms are another great spot for rugs with eye-catching borders!

Use smaller rugs—one at the foot of the bed and one on each side—for a stylish, budget-friendly look.

Area Rug Size

Rug size can mean the difference between a cozy, comfortable room (no matter the size!) and a room that feels awkward.

Measure your space! Use flooring-friendly tape to create a visual guide to determine the right size.

If you’re trying to decide between two rug sizes, go for the slightly bigger option.

Rug Infographic

Pin this infographic as a convenient reference to use when you’re shopping for rugs.

area rugs for your living room, bedroom and dining room.

Need more help styling your home? Stop in and talk to our design consultants, or visit our Pinterest page for more inspiration!

Have you brought home a new area rug lately? We’d love to see how you style them in your home! Tag us in your photos on Instagram using @shophomemakers – we can’t wait to see your space!

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