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Rug Buying Guide: Choosing the Right Size, Material, & Pattern for Your Space

Area Rugs do so much more than just cover and protect your floors. A great rug grounds the furniture and influences the dynamic of the space by adding texture, pattern, and color. The perfectly selected rug not only provides comfort and functionality, but can also enhance the overall aesthetic of a room. Though shopping for the perfect rug can seem overwhelming, choosing your ideal rug can be easier than you think if you follow these four easy steps.

1. Size Up Your Space:

While design and color is über important, the easiest place to start your search is browsing by size. There’s nothing worse than rolling out your brand new rug only to discover its a few inches too short for the space. A perfectly sized rug, when tailored to the layout and configuration of your furniture, will compliment the entire look of your interior space. To avoid buying too small or large a rug, here are a few rules of thumb to help you find the correct size for every room.

Rugs For the Living Room

Common sizes for living room area rugs are 5’ x 8’, 8’ x 10’, and 9’ x 12’, but ultimately rug size depend on the size of your room and your furniture arrangement.

5’ x 8’: If you’re working with a smaller space, or prefer to keep all of your furniture off the rug (except for a coffee table in the center), go with a 5’ x 8’ rug.

5’ x 8’: If you’re working with a smaller space, or prefer to keep all of your furniture off the rug (except for a coffee table in the center), go with a 5’ x 8’ rug.

8’ x 10’: The 8’ x 10’ rug is the most standard size for any living room. With this size your rug will be large enough to fit under the front legs of all the pieces. The 8’ x 10’ connects the various pieces and keeps the space proportionate.

8’ x 10’: The 8’ x 10’ rug is the most standard size for any living room. With this size your rug will be large enough to fit under the front legs of all the pieces. The 8’ x 10’ connects the various pieces and keeps the space proportionate.

9’ x 12’: With a 9’ x 12’ rug your sofa and chairs will float in the middle of the space, and the rug will be large enough to fit under all four legs of each piece of furniture. This size is ideal for large rooms, and truly defines the space.

9’ x 12’: With a 9’ x 12’ rug your sofa and chairs will float in the middle of the space, and the rug will be large enough to fit under all four legs of each piece of furniture. This size is ideal for large rooms, and truly defines the space.

Rugs For the Dining Room

Common sizes for dining room area rugs are 5’ x 8’, 7’-8’ round, and 8’ x 10’. Make sure the size of your rug is large enough for all legs of the chairs to sit comfortably on the rug – even when they’re pulled out for guests to sit at the table. Our rule of thumb is to measure the length and width of your dining table and add two feet on each side. Most dining tables require a rug that is at least eight feet wide.

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5’ x 8’: A 5’ x 8’ rug is a great choice for smaller sized dining sets and any table with four chairs or less.

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7’ – 8’ Round: Square or rectangular rugs can work under a round dining table but a round rug is a better match. 7’ – 8’ round rugs are perfect for dining sets with four to six chairs.

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8’ x 10’: Typically an 8’ x 10’ or a 9’ x 12’ rug will work under a dinging set with six to eight chairs. When choosing your size, always remember to keep at least 18 inches of floor exposed around all sides between the rug’s edge and the wall.

Rugs For the Bedroom

Common sizes for bedroom area rugs are 5’ x 8’, 8’ x 10’, and 9’ x 12’. In bedrooms, the size of your bed will dictate which size rug you select. A good rule of thumb is to extend a rug from the bottom 2/3 of the bed. If your bed is flanked by nightstands, measure the distance from the outer edge of both nightstands, and use this width as your guide.

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Twin Size Bed: Since twin beds are small, think about the bed’s positioning and the overall size of the room. If you have two twin beds in one room, a 9’ x 12’ rug works well to pull the pieces and the look together.

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Full Size Bed: Laying a 5’ x 8’ rug horizontally under the bed is your best bet with a full size bed. If you don’t have a trunk or any other furniture at the foot of your bed, it’s a matter of personal preference on how much rug you want showing at the foot of the bed.

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Queen Size Bed: Just like the full size bed, you’ll want to lay the rug horizontally under the bed. Either an 8’ x 10’ or a 9’ x 12’ rug will work, but keep in mind a larger rug can create a (flattering) optical illusion, making your room appear bigger.

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King Size Bed: With a king size bed you will need to purchase at least an 8’ x 10’ rug but you’ll most likely want a 9’ x 12’. Anything smaller than an 8’ x 10’ rug will make the space feel in-proportionate.

2. Choose Your Material

The second step is to choose what material your rug will be constructed from. Choosing the right material for the rug is important to ensure the rug works best for the intended space. When looking at different materials consider how much traffic and use the room gets. Hallways and living rooms with high foot traffic call for durable rugs, while rugs in bedrooms and dining room are less prone to heavy wear. Some materials are more suited for high-traffic areas than other materials, depending on their level of stain resistance and durability.

  1. Surya Ashton RugWool: The most common fiber used in rug construction, wool rugs are durable, soft, and naturally stain resistant. This superior fiber provides a luxurious feel to the touch, has great insulation properties, and is static resistant. A wool rug is a great choice for high traffic areas in your home. When tufted, wool rugs are prone to shedding and may require regular vacuuming. However, looped wool rugs hide the top of the fibers, resulting in less wear and tear and far less shedding.
  2. Loloi Felix Area RugCotton: Soft to the touch, cotton rugs are versatile, practical, and low-maintenance. Though not as durable as wool, cotton rugs are still excellent for high-traffic areas like living rooms, kitchens, and hallways. Since they are usually machine washable and easily washed, cotton area rugs are a great choice for spill-prone areas. You won’t have to be as nervous having kids or liquids nearby your cotton rugs. Another perk of cotton rugs is that they are usually inexpensive because the fiber is widely accessible and therefore costs less to manufacture.
  3. Amer Rugs Feza Rectangular Aqua Blue Area RugSilk: A long-time symbol of luxury, silk rugs are stunning and add a wow factor to any space. Giving off a natural sheen and softness, silk rugs are perfect for the bedroom or low-traffic intimate areas. Because silk fibers accept dyes better than any other fiber, silk rugs often come in many vibrant colors and patterns. Delicate in nature, silk rugs are sensitive to moisture. For a more durable silk rug option, look for silk and wool blends. These rugs provide the durability of wool, while still giving off the eye-catching sheen of silk.
  4. Anji Mountain Bamboo RugNatural: Natural fiber rugs are typically constructed from materials such as bamboo, jute, sisal, and sea grass. Commonly found in flat-weave or braided styles, these rugs are eco-friendly and sustainable and are usually the most affordable. Natural fiber rugs can be difficult to clean, and so they are well suited for dry rooms where there is low likelihood they will be stained. Natural fiber rugs add a sense or organic charm to any space. Of all the natural fibers, sea grass and bamboo are the softness; jute and sisal being more scratchy and rough.
  5. nuLOOM Bobo Shag White & Grey Rectangular Area RugSynthetic: Synthetic rugs are extremely durable. Often available as indoor/outdoor rugs, they are less prone to staining, are easy to clean, and are extremely resistant to fading. Synthetic rugs are a practical option for high-traffic areas such as entryways, hallways, or patios.

 

3. Pick Your Pattern

Once you’ve picked the right size and material for your rug, the next step is to choose the pattern or print for your rug. If you haven’t already purchased furniture for your space, we recommend starting from the rug and moving up. Choose a rug that speaks to you. Fall in love with the color or print, and coordinate the room from there. It is much easier to match your upholstery to your rug, than the other way around.

If you already have your furniture, take a look at the color palette that’s currently in place. If your bedding has a lot going on, try a solid color or neutral rug to bring balance to the space. Neutral rugs give the room a blank canvas to build off of, and layer on texture, color, and patterns. If your furniture is already a neutral color, add a patterned or vibrant rug to breathe life into the room. Matching the rug’s secondary neutral color to your or the room’s main piece will ensure your space looks thoughtfully designed. Deciding between two amazing rugs? Contact our sales staff as they can provide you with samples for a nominal fee.

4. Protect Your Purchase

Once you’ve decided on the perfect rug, the next step is to take precautions to ensure its quality.  A great rug can last longer than you think with the right care. Our first tip is to invest in rug pads, which help extend the life of your rug. Helping to prevent bunching and slipping by holding the rug in place, most rug pads are even machine washable. For confident purchases, brands like Jaipur back their pads with a ten year guarantee.

Our next pro tip is to be cautious of how you clean your rug. If you decide to clean your rug yourself instead of using a professional service, most rugs will have cleaning instructions attached to guide you. Our biggest advice to be wary of using a vacuum’s beater bar, as it is infamous for snagging rugs. Though it might require some muscle, our next tip is to turn your rug 180 degrees once a year. Rotating the rug should help prevent certain spots from fading or wearing more than others.

Now that you feel more confident about finding the best rug for your space – check out the area rugs we offer at www.luxedecor.com. We have over 50,000 rugs on our site and update daily!