How To Size An Area Rug

How To Size An Area Rug

article-new-thumbnail_ehow_images_a08_2o_c3_size-should-used-size-room-800x800Let’s talk about area rugs. Adding an area rug to your room is an effective way to add warmth and color to your space. Rugs come in many shapes, sizes and colors or patterns. So the first thing you must do is determine the size of the rug you need before you go shopping. Rugs are available in retail stores, at showrooms to the trade and on-line. Be sure and read first though about what the rug is made of and the maintenance. When you purchase a rug you will need a pad also, either a carpet to rug pad or a floor (hardwood/tile) to rug pad, these will help to hold the rug in place. Generally it is best to place an area rug on a hard surface rather than on another carpet. Prices range from a few hundred dollars to thousands depending upon the quality and material of the rug.

Here are some tips for deciding on the size of rug:

  • Decide how and where you want to use an area rug. Sometimes you will need 2 in an open space so you will want them to complement each other.
  • Determine the shape of the area rug you plan to use. Common shapes of area rugs are square, rectangle, oval and a circle. The shape of the rug affects the size of the area of the rug.
  • Measure the area or space in the room where you plan to use the area rug. To do this take a tape measure and measure the width and length of where the furniture needs to sit and decide how many extra inches will go beyond the furniture pieces. At least 4-6” should go under the front feet of the main piece, which is usually the sofa and then try to place the front legs of the chairs on it as well.
  • You want to anchor the area rug with furniture, such as end tables or chairs. This creates a grouping and unity for the furniture by tying it together.
  • Record the measurements on graph paper or a note pad. You can layout your room on graph paper which is a ¼” scale where each box equals 1 foot. So if you count over 8 boxes you are at 8’ vertical and then count 10 boxes horizontal and you have 10’.
  •  Area rugs come in standard sizes, but occasionally they are a bit off the standard size of 8’x10’ and might be 7’6”x 9’. If that happens just reevaluate your space to see if the furniture will fit as above on the rug.
  • You can also bind a broadloom carpet with tape through either the store or a rug source such as DA Burns and then you can custom fit it to your space if you have an unusual or extra large space.

Now you are ready to take your plan and start shopping. Select the size rug that best corresponds to your space measurement. Take a photo of the rug so when you go home you have something to look at before you purchase.