Hailed as classic statement pieces, rugs lend colour and character to any room. Choosing the right rug for your room involves both design and dimension. When it comes to rug sizes, here’s everything you need to know for a sensible selection.
Otherwise known as runners, hallway rugs are long, narrow pieces perfect for a dramatic entrance. Correct hallway rugs balance a beautiful display with a substantial flooring border. For hallways a meter in length, choose a rug about 80 cm in width for appropriate framing.
Next up is practical considerations for rugs and surrounding spaces. For example, choose a dimension that allows for full door clearance as well as protruding furniture. Your rug should fit the dimensions of your room, furniture and layout beyond your personal style.
It goes without saying that a rug is meant to be seen. With that in mind, choose a rug larger than your bed for the maximum visual benefit. Aim to comfortably sit or stand next to your bed within the rug’s perimeter. Choose larger sizes for spacious rooms or small yet noticeable sizes for tighter spaces.
As always, decorative rugs are a popular option in open areas of a bedroom such as the foot of the bed. Choose from stylish designs like faux fur or warm and cuddly shag carpet. If you’re looking for something slightly bigger, consider a medium rug between your bed and bedside table.
Lounges can be styled in a number of ways depending on your preference for large or small rugs. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to allow for 50 cm of floor space beyond the rug’s edges. Choose from an area rug large enough to fit nearly the entire room or smaller sizes in front of sofas.
Open-concept homes sometimes feature multiple rugs in coordinating shades or patterns. In fact, they’re often used to define spaces using visual separation. Add to a relaxing ambience using plush rugs and calming colours for hours of enjoyment.
Dining Room Rugs
Meals are the star of the show in one of the busiest rooms of the home. The border of your rug should easily accommodate chairs pulled away from the table for an inviting dining experience. Choose from low-pile or flat rugs for optimal durability and minimal tripping. The style is also suited to frequent vacuuming.
Many home offices occupy shared spaces such as bedrooms, former closets or built-in nooks. Consider adding a rug to your home office area for a visual pop and clearer spatial boundaries.
Choose a rug large enough to accommodate your desk and chair in an extended position. Think of the rug as a visual display for your desk at the heart of your office. Much like dining room seating, low-pile rugs make a chic yet practical pick.
Bathrooms aren’t first on the list when shopping for interior rugs. However, larger bathrooms with vanities or ample floor space pair well with smaller, more decorative designs. Add colour and warmth to your space with a small yet tasteful bath rug.
Because of their similar names, bath mats are sometimes mistaken for bath rugs. Many bathrooms include bath mats, which are normally made of high-pile cotton for optimal absorbency. A bath rug is more of an interior design accent made of wool and low-pile fibres. Use them together or separately, depending on preference.
While you may have some general rug ideas in mind, don’t forget to measure your dimensions before browsing. Knowing the exact size of your space and furniture will help you select an appropriate rug while avoiding unnecessary delays. Let us know if you have any questions about taking correct measurements in your home.
Rugs require an extra layer of grip commonly referred to as rug pads. They’re layered in between the floor and the rug to keep everything in place. Use the rug’s original dimensions minus a 2.5-cm border along the edges.
Choosing the right rug size depends on a room’s size, use and furniture. Whether you’re shopping for a stunning hallway runner or a decorative bedroom rug, we’ve got just the thing.
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