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Rug Guide: Simple Tips for Each Room

Rugs are essential to every home.

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
  • Rug doesn't extend nightstands
  • Leave at least 8" of space open
  • Typical size: 8x10
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Designer Tip

Bedroom

Queen Bed
  • At least 8" between nightstands and rug
  • Leave at least 1 foot open at end
  • Typical size: 9x12
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Fill The Space

Make sure your rug is large enough for your space! If the size isn’t substantial it will completely throw off the flow and feel of the room. One of our golden rules is to make sure the front two legs of the main furniture pieces are on the rug. We would never leave a rug floating in the middle of the room!

We like the rug to fill the space, but not completely cover the floor! We’ve found that keeping 12-18 inches between the rug and the wall does the trick.

Save Your Rug with a rug pad

Save Your Rug

If you don’t have a rug pad, you need one. Not only does it make it a lot more comfortable, but it’ll save the life of your rug and help keep it in place. If there isn’t a size available in the pad for the rug you’d like, we’d recommend cutting the pad.

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Layering Rugs over Rugs Tip
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Layering Rugs over Rugs

We do this a lot with vintage rugs! They always bring warmth and character, but they’re one of a kind nature means sometimes you don’t get the exact dimensions you want. Sometimes a pattern can be overwhelming in a larger dimension and we’ll break it up with a natural rug. The biggest tip for layering, is put your rug over a natural rug, but think about scale when you do! You want it to feel intentional rather than looking like a postage stamp.

Layering over Carpet

Layering over Carpet

We do this a lot with vintage rugs! They always bring warmth and character, but they’re one of a kind nature means sometimes you don’t get the exact dimensions you want. Sometimes a pattern can be overwhelming in a larger dimension and we’ll break it up with a natural rug. The biggest tip for layering, is put your rug over a natural rug, but think about scale when you do! You want it to feel intentional rather than looking like a postage stamp.

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

We typically choose rugs that complement rather than compete. For example, if you have a patterned rug in the living room, go for a jute in the dining.

Open Concept Living Spaces Tip

Rugs for Mudrooms, Dogs, Kids, etc

Indoor/outdoor rugs are great for high traffic areas like front doors and mudrooms. You can easily spray them off to clean them!