It’s DAY 2 of The 30 Day Home Refresh!

For today’s project, we'll be adding an area rug to your home. An area rug is a great way to make a room feel cozy by adding texture, color and pattern. It also helps anchor the furniture in the space and make a room feel complete. Take a look around your home, which room would benefit from having a little bit of warmth and coziness added to it?

Once you’ve decided where you want to add a rug, you’ll need to determine what size to purchase. The rug is an anchor for your furniture, it helps the separate pieces of furniture feel connected to each other. 

Living Room

In your living room, all of the furniture in the main seating area should be either completely on the rug or the front feet of all of the furniture should be on the rug. This will connect and unify the individual pieces of furniture. You also want to leave at least 18” between the edge of the rug and the walls so that you can still see some of the floors. The area rug shape should match the shape of your furniture layout. 



Dining Room

In the dining room, the shape of the area rug should match the shape of the dining table. The area rug should be large enough so that when you pull a chair out to sit down, the chair is still on the rug.



In your bedroom, the area rug should be placed so that you are standing on it when you get in and out of bed. It should extend a couple of feet beyond the sides and bottom of the bed. Using runners on both sides of the bed is a great cost-saving solution because you aren’t paying for the part of the rug that is hidden under the bed.


Using the guidelines above, figure out the best area rug size for your space while matching your measurements with the graphic below that gives you the typical area rug sizes.


If you need some guidelines for mixing area rugs in an open living space, check out this blog entry that we created last month:

With a size in mind, you’re ready to start shopping. Some of our favorite online vendors for area rugs are Dash + Albert, Revival Rugs, Rugs USA, Etsy, and eSale Rugs. Many of those vendors carry a variety of brands, price points, and quality levels so be sure to read the reviews prior to purchasing.

If you have any questions about area rug selection please drop them in the comment section below.

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