McGee & Co Rug Guide
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Rug Guide: Simple Tips for Each Room

Make Your Space Well-Grounded.

Designer Tip

Living Room

  • Front legs on rug
  • At least 6" on sides
  • Typical sizes: 8x10, 9x12, 10x14
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Designer Tip

Dining Room

  • Keep chairs on rug
  • At least 8" open space around
  • At least 1 foot on floor
  • Typical sizes: 8x10, 9x12, 10x14
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Designer Tip

Bedroom

King Bed
  • At least 8" between nightstands and rug
  • Leave at least 1 foot open at end
  • Typical size: 9x12
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Designer Tip

Bedroom

Queen Bed
  • Rug doesn't extend nightstands
  • Leave at least 8" of space open
  • Typical size: 8x10
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Fill The Space

Just like our furniture, we want our rugs to be to scale for each room. A golden rule for our styling team is to make sure the front two legs of the main furniture pieces are on the rug. We like to fill a space with a rug without it taking over the floor completely.

We like to keep 12-18 inches between the rug and the wall to assure our rug fits well in the space!

Save Your Rug with a rug pad

Save Your Rug

Always say yes to a rug pad. Not only will it make the rug more comfortable, but it extends your rug’s life while keeping it in place. If you can’t find the right pad size, the easiest thing to do is to quickly cut it to size!

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Layering Rugs over Rugs Tip
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Layering Rugs over Rugs

We’ve become addicted to layering rugs! Certain patterns, prints, and colors can be overwhelming at times but we‘ve found the solution: add a natural rug underneath to break up the design. Friendly reminder to think about scale when layering! And as always, make sure that your picks feel intentional for the space.

Layering over Carpet

Layering over Carpet

You can layer a rug over a nice low-pile carpet.

Designer Tip

We do it both ways—with and without. We love using a rug when we have the space and when we want it to feel a little more formal.

We’ll skip sometimes when it’s attached to the kitchen area and feels off with walkways.

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Open Concept Living Spaces Tip

Open Concept Living Spaces Tip

Find rugs that complement each other rather than those that compete. For example, if you have a patterned rug in one room, opt for a natural rug in the next.

Open Concept Living Spaces Tip

High Traffic Rugs

Bring the outdoors in and use our indoor/outdoor rugs for high traffic areas. Because these areas are the dirtiest, easily spray these rugs off to look as good as new!