The right rug can complement your interior décor and furniture, adding sophistication to the room. Apart from the rug design, pattern, and color, the most asked question when buying them is what rug size should I get for my living room? What most people don't know is that the size of living room rugs can dramatically change the overall feeling of living room space. A rug that’s too small can make your living room feel uninviting or imbalanced, while one that’s too big can, oddly, make it feel smaller. That’s why choosing the right size living room rug is crucial to create that complete and balanced feel. In this post, we help you understand what rug size is the best for your living room, as well as the different rug layouts.
Rug Sizing Tips
Most of you probably don’t consider rug sizing when choosing a rug for your spaces. That should be your priority since the rug size can make or break the living room space. Here are a few tips to help you pick the right size:
Bigger is better. Generally, you should pick a larger option, especially when choosing between sizes. A small rug tends to leave your living room feeling ill-proportioned.
Use proper orientation. If your living room space is long, get a rug that matches the length. For example, a square rug will look out of place in a long room. Additionally, if you have a large room, orient it with a large rug.
Visualize your rug placement using painter’s tape. You can use different tape colors to mark the different size possibilities and choose one that perfectly fits your living room space.
Smaller Living Rooms
If you have an 11x13 foot or smaller living room, you would do best to get smaller rugs like 6’x9’ or 5’ x 7’. A 6’x9’ rug fits well in a small to medium size living room and would sit under the coffee table covering the area between the sofa and the adjacent living room seating. Or, you could place it in front of a fireplace with a couple of comfy chairs on top of the rug.
As for an 8’x10’ or slightly smaller room, the 5’x7’ rug offers the best fit. Depending on your floor space, the sofa legs may or may not sit on the rug. If you have a landing place in your living room, try placing a 3’x5’ rug to see how it changes. Examples of landing places include, by the fireplace, in the entryway or foyer just right next to the living room, or a corner with a small sitting area.
Larger Living Rooms
Larger living rooms go well with larger area rugs. They offer more floor coverage and form the centerpiece of all the elements in your room.
Important tip: Leave at least 12-18 inches of visible floor space between your rug and wall.
Usually, your choice will come down to two: a 9’x12’ rug and an 8’x10’ rug. A 9’x12’ rug works best in an open space living room. It almost always has all the furniture within the living room placed upon it. Interestingly, the larger the rug, the bigger it makes the room feel. However, be sure to leave at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed around the edges.
An 8’x10’ rug allows for the furniture to be placed on top of the rug or just completely off the rug, depending on which style looks best. The dimensions of the living room will also determine its placement.
A general rule of thumb is to buy a rug that’s at least six to eight inches wider than your couch on all sides.
Rug Living Room Placement Ideas
There are four major layout ideas on how to place your living room rug:
1. All Legs on the Rug
This layout works best with the largest living room rug and is ideal for open-concept floor space or any furniture grouping that floats (no furniture against the wall). The layout unifies the pieces and creates a defined seating area.
2. Front Legs on the Rug
This is the most common layout for several reasons. It works best in a small-sized living room, tends to make a small space appear bigger, and is budget-friendly. As the name suggests, you only place your sofa’s and chair’s front legs on the rug while the back legs rest on the bare floor.
A guiding rule is to have the rug only go under each piece of furniture approximately a third of its width.
3. The Floating Layout
In this layout, all the legs of your furniture are off the rug. Typically, you only place a coffee table or central furniture piece on the rug but not your seating. If done properly, the layout can look cool and inviting. This layout calls for a small rug size, like the 5’x7’ rug.
4. Layer Two Rugs on Top of Each Other
If you have a vintage 5’x8’ rug that will complement your living room décor, but you aren’t using it because it's small, here’s an interesting tip to try. Layer it atop the larger, main living room rug. If your colors are right, you’ll find the pairing perfect and fulfilling for your living room.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
Living room rugs can bring the right mood to your living room and act as an anchor to your furniture style, fabric, and color. Go for lighter colors, since they tend to make smaller rooms appear bigger. Additionally, choose warm hues like yellow, orange, or red to add warmth. Cooler tones, on the other hand, create a calm atmosphere.
Another important tip is matching your rug color to your furniture. If your primary furniture has a solid color, consider a patterned rug and vice versa.
When choosing rug fabrics, consider the following points:
Durability. Tough rugs can withstand a high traffic area.
Soft and cozy fabrics are comfortable and perfect for lounging. Cotton and wool rugs are particularly easy to clean and provide warmth for your feet.
The right rug for your living room boils down to your color preferences, style, and patterns. However, the sizing matters a great deal and will affect your layout and overall appearance.
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