1. Begin With The Floor Plan
What is Your Current Living Space Arrangement?
We usually recommend that you choose a layout and measurement for your area rug based on the space you'd like to fill. Below are a few popular layouts that work for most common spaces.
Classic Layout For Area Rugs
If your sofa and chairs are up against the wall, we advise that your rug be large enough to fit under the front legs of all pieces.
Floating Layout for Area Rugs
If your sofa and chairs float in the middle of the room, we recommend that your rug be large enough to fit under all four legs of each piece of furniture in your living room.
Dining Layout for Area Rugs
For dining rooms, we suggest that you measure the length and width of your dining table and add 2 feet on each side. Most dining room tables require an area rug that is at least 8 feet wide.
Bedroom Layout for Area Rugs
In bedrooms, we recommend that you extend an area rug from the bottom 2/3rd's of the bed. Additionally, we usually suggest that you place two runners on each side or a single runner at the foot of the bed.
2. Make The Material Work For You
How Much Traffic and Use Does the Room Get?
Hallways with high foot traffic often times need durable flooring, while bedrooms and dining room area rugs are less inclined to heavy wear and tear.
Dhurrie + Kilim Area Rugs
Dhurrie and kilim area rugs are flat-woven wool and cotton area rugs that are typically reversible. Known for their bright colors and graphic patterns, they usually tend to be durable, easy to clean and work just about anywhere in a living or office space.
Natural Area RugsNatural area rugs are woven from fibers extracted from plants, including sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp. Because of their durability, affordable price and neutral color palette, natural area rugs are great for high-traffic areas.
Tufted Area RugsTufting, a technique that involves inserting yarn through a woven base to create a pile, is a common way to achieve accurate patterns. The pile can be looped or cut, creating subtle texture in different combinations. Tufted area rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.
Overdyed + Distressed Area RugsOver-dyed and distressed area rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing or distressing to accomplish a one-of-a-kind finish. During this artisanal process, colors blend and textures soften for a vintage feel that is ideal for moderate foot traffic.
3. Pick Your Pattern
What color is your furniture in your living space?
If your bed's got a whole bunch going on, our experts usually recommend that you try a solid color or neutral color area rug to bring things down to earth — or make a basic sofa pop with a patterned area rug.
Versatile Neutrals on Area Rugs
A neutral area rug forms a solid foundation when you want to layer on rich textures, patterns or colors. Think of it as the canvas for the rest of your room.
Playful Patterns on Area Rugs
If your furniture is a solid color or neutral, our experts usually recommend that you try a patterned area rug. For color coordination, match the secondary color in the area rug to your sofa or key furniture.
Solid Colors on Area Rugs
A monochromatic area rug complements patterned furniture by grounding it in a primary palette. In a living room, try matching the area rug to the secondary color in a patterned sofa.
4. Keep It In Place
Why Use a Rug Pad on your Area Rug?
Along with preventing your area rug from slipping all over the place, a rug pad will add another layer of comfort and help protect it for years.