An area rug is the ideal finishing touch for any room in the house. You can use a well-positioned Persian rug or several rugs to define specific living spaces, both practical and beautiful. An area rug can be a true focal point, adding a splash of color or a touch of warmth to any room.
Persian rug sizes can vary depending on your space’s requirements. Whether your style is modern or traditional, natural or bold, a well-chosen rug adds personality to any room. However, if you choose a rug that is too small or too large for your room, it will not complement it as well as it should.
So we’re here to make sure that whatever area rug you pick looks stunning wherever you decide to put it. We’ve put together a complete guide to selecting the right rug size to help you find the ideal size rug for your living room.
Determine Where You Want to Position the Rug
The first step in determining the appropriate rug size for your living room is deciding where you want to place your rug. Don’t rush into this decision, and don’t limit yourself to the area where you will place it.
Investigate various placement styles and envision how each placement combination will affect the overall appearance of the space. Comparing the various styles will allow you to make more informed choices.
Measure the Area Where the Rug Will Be Installed
The second step is to measure the space where you want to put it. Scroll down for advice on how to properly measure your space.
Tips for Accurately Measuring Your Designated Space
Assume you’ve decided on the best rug placement style for your living room and have a basic picture of the ideal rug sizes for the various arrangements. You must do one more thing before purchasing your rug online or in-store. You must measure the designated space to purchase the appropriate size rug that is neither too small nor too large.
You also want to ensure that your chosen arrangement is the best option available.
Begin by tracing an outline of the rug’s placement on the floor with masking tape. Arrange your furniture in the same manner as the actual rug.
Step away and look at the entire arrangement again. Do you like how everything looks together, or do you think a different arrangement would look better? Perhaps you like the look, but the rug appears to be a little too small or too large?
Remove the masking tape and draw another arrangement if you’re not yet satisfied with how things look. This may be a tedious task, but it is preferable to take the time and difficulties now rather than be stuck with an incorrectly sized rug later.
When you’re satisfied with how everything fits together, measure the dimensions with a measuring tape. These measurements will provide you with the proper dimensions of the rug you need to complete the look of your living room.
Determine Which Placement Style Would Look Best
This is primarily determined by the layout and size of your living room and your furniture placement. Begin by closely inspecting all of the elements in the space to determine where and how you want to place the rug for maximum results.
You can place a living room rug in a variety of ways. Each one will necessitate a different size rug. Here are five questions to ask when determining the best placement style for your space:
- Should the rug be big enough to cover the entire floor space?
- Will the rug only go under the coffee table, leaving the couches off the rug?
- Will the furniture be completely off the rug or on it?
- Will the rug fit under the coffee table while the couches are partially on it?
- Will only the front legs of the chairs and couch be placed on the rug, leaving the back legs uncovered?
Choosing the Right Rug Size
After you’ve narrowed your placement options, the next step is to determine what size rug would fit your chosen style. These size guidelines will be useful.
Please remember that these are only guidelines. The precise size that will work best for you will be determined by the size of your living room and the placement and size of the furniture in the room.
6′ x 9′ Rug
If you would like to place the rug in the center of your living room, a 6′ x 9′ rug is ideal under your coffee table.
8′ x 10′ Rug
If you want to position the rug in the center of the space under the coffee table, with the chairs and couches partially on the rug, you’ll need a slightly larger size.
Only the chairs and couches’ front legs will be on the rug in this case. The hind legs will be elevated from the rug. Select a rug with a short pile if you decide to use this placement.
The chairs will be unsteady with a high pile because the back and front legs will be at different heights. Consider an 8′ x 10′ thin-piled rug for this placement style.
9′ x 12′ Rug
You have two options to place your couches completely on the rug. One method is to arrange the couches so that the couches’ outer edges line up with the rug’s outer edges. In this case, a 9′ x 12′ rug is required.
10′ x 14′ Rug
The second alternative is to place the rugs slightly inside the border, allowing a substantial portion of the border to show through. Choose a 10′ x 14′ Persian rug with a rich, exquisitely detailed border on all sides to create a truly magnificent look with this arrangement.
Do you like the idea of a rug covering the entire floor? Placing a large enough rug covering the entire floor can look fantastic, but only if done correctly.
Purchasing a rug that is a perfect fit from wall to wall can be a major error. A rug that best fits the space in such a way may appear to be a poorly fitted carpet. When purchasing a full-floor rug, leave some space between the wall and the rug edge. A space of 12″ to 18″ is ideal for this rug.
A living room, in our opinion, should be a place of comfort and relaxation. When it comes to creating a setting or mood, a well-sized, well-positioned rug makes all the difference.
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