Choosing The Perfect Rug Size
Posted on July 12, 2011
Under the coffee table:
- Usually 4′ x 6′ or 6′ x 9′ area rugs work great under coffee tables. The size you choose for the rug would depend on the size of your coffee table and the furnishings surrounding it.
- The rug should be large enough to fit in all four legs of the coffee table.
- The rug should be more or less the same length and width of the furnishings in that space.
- To accent the surrounding furnishings effectively, leave some flooring exposed between the area rug and the furniture.
Under the dining room table:
- Most dining room tables would need an 8′ wide area rug.
- The chair legs shouldn’t come off the rug when people are sitting at the table or pulling the chairs away from the table to take a seat.
- To determine what size rug you.ll need for your dining table, measure the length and width of your table and add approx. 4′ to each measurement.
For an entire room:
- You should try and leave an equal amount of exposed flooring as a border on all sides of the rug. If that is not possible due to space constraints you should at least try to ensure that the borders on parallel sides of the rug are equal.
- For most rooms (of standard size) an 8′ x 11′ rug works well.
- It is generally considered okay if the front legs of the furniture are on the rug but the back legs are off the rug, as long as the furniture/table/chair is stable and balanced. You may want to place furniture coasters under the back legs in order to get them to the same height as the front.
Selecting a Rug Pad:
Most people know that rug pads keep rugs properly positioned, preventing them from sliding and wrinkling. However, rug pads do have additional purposes that aren.t widely heard of:
- They reduce wear and tear on the rug.
- They help absorb the impact created by feet and noise.
- They make vacuuming the area easier.
- They protect smooth-surface flooring, like hardwood tiles from being by being damaged from scratches from the back of the rug.
For rugs that are placed over carpet you should choose a pad of thin polyester fabric coated with adhesive to prevent a dark rug color from bleeding through onto a light colored carpet.