Area Rugs

How to Choose the Right Size Area Rug

When it comes to selecting rugs, the proper size is very important. When considering a rug size, first measure the size of the open areas. To make the room appear larger, show a border of the flooring around the perimeter of the room. The type of room and furniture placement must also be taken into consideration. There are no formal rules for furniture being placed on or off the rug. Sizing up a room to make sure the rug is proportionate should be a design decision.

Living Rooms, Great Rooms, and Family Rooms
First decide if you want to use a room-size rug or use more than one rug in the room. It is suggested that each piece of furniture be either on or off the rug, creating more of a “public” space with larger rugs. Smaller rugs can be used to create more intimate conversation areas.

Dining Rooms and Breakfast Rooms
It is recommended that rugs be large enough so that when chairs are pulled out, they are still on the rug. That means roughly two feet of rug from the edge of the table is needed. Most of today’s dining rooms require an 8' x 11' or 9’ x 12' rug. Breakfast tables are normally smaller than dining room tables, so smaller sized rugs will work in those spaces.

For the bedroom, it is recommended using either one room-size rug or several rugs around the bed. A room-size rug should be large enough that a step or two can be made on the rug when getting out of the bed. When using multiple rugs, place one at the end of the bed and one on each side. In rooms that have two beds, a rug looks great centered between the two beds.

Don’t Forget Your Area Rug Underlay!

An underlay prevents rugs from slipping and sliding, prolongs the life of the rug as well as the flooring beneath the rug, and adds comfort. Rug underlay is available to hold rugs on carpet as well as hard surfaces.

Area Rug Fibers

There are dozens of materials used in the construction of area rugs, all of which have unique characteristics that offer their own advantages.

Wool: Noted for luxury and softness, wool is durable and easily dyed making it available in many colors.

Nylon: Nylon has been a fiber of choice for years in broadloom carpet. Nylon has ┬áthe versatility needed to make synthetic rugs look like antique masterpieces. With attributes such as easy cleaning and superior wear, nylon makes a classic rug at an excellent price.

Olefin: Significant breakthroughs in fiber technology have moved olefin to the forefront of both broadloom and rug manufacturing. An olefin rug has excellent durability, stain resistance and value. Olefin offers a luxurious look at an affordable price.

Sisal, Seagrass, Raffia, Abacca, Bamboo: Natural plant fibers have become very popular over the past decade. These rugs are hand-made in places like Indonesia, India, and China, offering the consumer cool, casual, and tropical looks.