1. Start With A Floor Plan
What's your arragement?
Choose a layout and measure for your rug based on the space you'd like to fill.
Here are some popular layouts that work for most spaces.
If your sofa and chairs are up against the wall, your rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all pieces.
If your sofa and chairs float in the middle of the room, your rug should be large enough to fit under all four legs of each piece of furniture.
For dining rooms, measure the length and width of your dining table and add 2 feet on each side. Most dining room tables require a rug that's at least 8 feet wide.
In bedrooms, extend a rug from the bottom 2/3 of the bed. Alternatively, you could also 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 need durable flooring, while bedrooms and dining room rugs are less susceptible to heavy wear.
Dhurries and kilims are flat-woven wool and cotton rugs that are usually reversible. Known for their bright colors and graphic patterns, they tend to be durable, easy to clean and work just about anywhere.
Natural 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 rugs are especially good for high-traffic areas.
Tufting, a technique that involves inserting yarn through a woven base to create a pile, is a common way to achieve precise patterns. The pile can be looped or cut, creating subtle texture in different combinations. Tufted rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.
Overdyed and distressed rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing or distressing to achieve a one-of-a-kind finish. During this artisanal process, colors blend and textures soften for a vintage feel that's good for moderate foot traffic.
3. Pick Your Pattern
What color is your furniture?
If your bed's got a lot going on, try a solid color or neutral rug to bring things down to earth—or make a basic sofa pop with a patterned rug.
Steven Alan Solid Wool Shag Rug
A neutral 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.
Guatemalan Pomona Rug
If your furniture is a solid color or
neutral, try a patterned rug. For foolproof color coordination, match the secondary color in the rug to your sofa or key furniture.
Hand-Loomed Strie Shine Rug
A monochromatic rug complements patterned furniture by grounding it in a primary palette. In a living room, try matching the rug to the secondary color in a patterned sofa.
4. Keep It In Place
Why Use a Rug Pad?
Along with preventing your rug from slipping all over the place, a pad will add another layer of comfort and help protect it for years.
This environmentally-friendly pad is made from 100% plant-based oils. It protects your floor and keeps your rug firmly in place.
Made from recycled post-industrial fibers, this thick, plush pad is suitable for all surface types, including carpeting and radiant heat flooring.