As our showroom has grown with gorgeous displays of high-end patterned carpets that can be made into to custom-sized rugs, we have had many questions about the best layout for specific spaces such as living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.
There are generally two schools of thought for the living room. One is for “all the legs (of the furniture) on” or “all the legs off”. The decision could be made based on the hard surface originally under the furniture. Is it something older that you would like to cover up? Or, do you have children that still rough-house and play in the area, and you need as much cushion as you can get? These rugs are generally around the 9’x12’ size in order to get everything on the rug.
Or perhaps you just invested in new hardwoods or tile and want to showcase that investment but still need a rug to soften and warm the room. When choosing to keep all the legs off the rug the size usually becomes more of a 5’x7’ range. With such a size, and if the rest of your palette in the room is neutral, you could make a statement and decide on a pop of bold color or interesting texture to make it focal point for the whole room.
Rules can always be broken though, and this third option is becoming so popular that it’s turning into rule 3. Leave about 1/3 of the furniture on the rug (or just the back 1/3 of the furniture off). This allows you to spread the furniture farther throughout the room if that is needed. It’s becoming more and more of a favorite and an easier way to snake a lamp’s electrical cord up the back leg of a side table!
Dining rooms are a little easier to visualize because the main rule of thumb is to keep all the chairs on the rug even if they are pulled out for eating and entertaining. This is where customizing the size can really be a blessing. Dining sets are designed in so many sizes and shapes. Rectangle shaped sets should have a rectangle rug, round sets can have a round rug or a square rug, and a square set should have a square rug.
The general rule for this area of the home is that the rug extend outside the edges of the nightstands and extend outside the end of the bed. The rug can either go under the nightstands or just in front of them. Make sure that when you swing your legs off the med in the morning they hit the soft rug below.
One last final tip is to use blue painter’s tape to create a virtual rug without even using the measuring tape yet. That way you get a “rug” true to the look that is best. Then when you’ve finally created what you want, measure the two sides and swing into the showroom to look at what we have and place an order with your exact needs. Add your desired binding and it will be ready for you within weeks.