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Rugs in a standard living or family room

Ideally, a rug should be proportional to the room size with an equal amount of bare floor around all sides, regardless of obstacles like fireplace hearths, radiators and furniture set against the wall.

If you can’t achieve this, an alternative is to place your rug so that it reaches under all or most of the furniture in the central area of your room to unify the seating arrangement. However, it isn’t essential that the back legs of the sofas or chairs sit on the carpet. If there is more than two feet beyond the run, use a table to fill the empty space.

Rugs in a dining area in a larger room

If your dining area is part of a larger room – perhaps it’s a large breakfast room within a kitchen – its rug should extend beyond the edges of the table by 18 to 24 inches on each side. Ideally, the chairs should sit on the rug even when pulled away from the table.

In a combined living/dining room

The same rules for sizing and placement apply to rugs in open–concept or dual function spaces, where two rugs are used to define distinct spaces, perhaps a living area and a dining area. Follow the rules for living room and dining areas; just to be sure that there is some space between the two rugs.

In a bedroom

Use the same rule as in a living room: choose a rug that leaves approximately two feet of bare floor at the edges. However, if your bed is not centered in the room (and this is often the case), centering the rug under the bed could look awkward. As an alternative, two or three smaller rugs in the bedroom – one on each side of the bed, and perhaps a third at the end of the bed – instead of one large rug.


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