We hear it time and again: What size area rug do I need? How do we arrange furniture on an area rug? Should my furniture be on or off the rug? So today, we're sharing some guidelines for you to consider when selecting an area rug for your home.

example of living room area rug display

A rug should be proportionate to your room's floor space. And ideally, you should leave an equal amount of bare floor all around all edges, we recommend around 12 to 18 inches.  

Does size really matter? Yes. In fact, bigger is better! If possible, select an area rug that is large enough to place all your furniture (all legs) on as well. Choosing a rug that's too small will look out of place.  

If your room is on the smaller side, choose a size that allows the rug to reach under all or most of the furniture in the central area of your room. Some rooms may also benefit from placing only the front feet of the furniture on the edge of the rug, providing the bare floor space around the edges is still balanced.  

Consider these scenarios:

  • Living room with sofas and coffee table; the front feet/edge of your sofas sit on the edge of the rug, with the coffee table centered.
  • Home office; place your desk, chair, and guest chairs fully on the rug in balance.
  • Dining room; place table and chairs centered on the rug, with enough room for seated guests to pull their chairs out without touching bare floor. 

Cost saving tips for area rugs: If you are unable to find the perfect area rug in your price range; visit the remnant section or inquire about samples at your favourite store. Many stores would be happy to trim and bind the edges upon your request. 

Breaking the rules: There are exceptions to every rule, especially in design. Would you like your area rug to be the focal point of the room? Is it abstract or organic in shape? Classically ornate? Or bright and bold?  These situations can warrant some more creative placement in your room. 

Still not sure where to start? Give us a call! One of our experienced design consultants would be more than happy to help. 



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