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Selecting the Perfect Area Rug for Your Room

At Pucher’s we love helping our clients pick out area rugs!  They come in so many gorgeous colors, textures & designs and they are a great source of color and design ideas for your rooms!  But once you select your design, you need to think about the size, shape and furniture .  Here are a few ideas to help simplify the process and bring out the beauty in any space.

First, know your room’s dimensions.  Use a measuring tape and size it out. To get a feel for how the rug will lay out, try this designer trick.  Using masking tape, outline the desired rug dimensions on the floor.  Then arrange furniture over the outline and visualize.  Here are some layouts for you to consider.

living-room-1-resized-600Living Room #1

Start with a room-sized rug where the furniture floats center.  We recommend a rug that is 8′ x 11′ or larger.  The rule of thumb is to leave 12″ to 18″ of exposed floor to create a border around the rug – equal on all four sides if possible.

Living Room #2

This rug is tucked under the front legs of the sofa with the back legs on or off depending on personal preference.  We recommend a rug that is 5′ x 8′ or larger.  Again, leave 12″ – 18″ between the wall and the rug, creating a border of exposed floor that frames the arrangement – equal on all four sides if possible.


living-room-3-resized-600Living Room #3

This rug is placed in front of the sofa.  We recommend a rug that is 3′ x 5′ to 6′ x 9′ or approximately the length of the sofa.  Leaving a sliver of exposed floor between the rug and sofa will accent the furniture.  When the rug is under the coffee table, make sure it is large enough to accommodate all four legs.


diningDining Room

Begin with a room-sized rug where there is enough room for all chair legs to stay on the rug when comfortably pulled away from the table.  We recommend a rug that is 8′ x 10′ or larger.

Bedroom #1

Layer runners in the same pattern, or the same color family, on 2 or 3 sides around a bed frame.


bedroom-layout-2-resized-600Bedroom #2

Begin with a large rug under two legs, but allow wood floor to show all around the bed.  Rug should extend approximately 24″ or more from the sides of the bed.

Key Takeaway:  Pucher’s design team shares tips for selecting the perfect area rug for your space.