Measuring for area rugs and the uncertainties associated with sizing area rugs is one of our customer’s biggest dilemmas. Below are some tips on how to measure for an area rug.
How to Measure for an Area Rug
1. Select the area rug prior to selecting the paint: Paint is available in a lot more colors than the other area within your decor. So, it is better to come up with those much less versatile choices. Also, keep in mind that fresh paint may be the fastest and a lot inexpensive method to change a room
2. Outline area rug area with masking tape: Before going shopping, understand what size you’ll need, the length and width. When you use a measuring tape to figure out the rug size, you lose perspective of how the rug will look in your room, as you are just reading the tape measure. Masking tape is a terrific way to picture the area rug proportions.
3. Legs on or off the area rug: There’s lots of discussion about whether or not furniture legs need to remain on or off the area rug. Within our thoughts, it truly varies with your space and style.
Family Room In the family room, a very good guideline would be to keep uniformity so your selection appears deliberate. This implies all legs are generally off or on the area rug, or just the front legs are on the rug. In either case, be sure that your area rug is at the very least six to 10 inches on each side from the couch. This frames the couch. You can have the rug come up to the edge of the sofa, which also defines and frames the sofa, or put just the front legs on the area rug.
Dining Room The legs off or on the issue is less complicated within the dining area. Due to the fact seats are pulled out of the table, it seems sensible to get the table and chairs to stay completely on the area rug with sufficient rug space to draw the chair out so chairs are not catching on the rug’s edges. Our rule of thumb is to close the table. This is placing the chairs uniformly around the table as it is dressed. Measure at the VERY MINIMUM 18″ behind the back chair legs. You can have more distance, but this will be enough so that someone who pulls out the chairs, will not come off the rug. Also, the sides and ends do not need to be the same. There is usually less space on the two ends and more on the sides. Just keep the rug extending on the ends the same and the rug extending on the sides the same
Bedroom If you are putting a rectangle-shaped area rug that does not occupy sufficient floor area beneath your bed, place it so the bed’s foot legs are on it but the head legs are off. Therefore the area around the bed (in which you will step out of bed) features a comfortable landing place. Also if you have end tables try and extend the rugs slightly past the end table. This will frame the bed area. The area rug can go up to dressers and side pieces or just under the front legs. The key here is to frame the room. Try to keep a uniform amount of floor showing around the room If there is a significant open region within a bedroom (particularly a child’s room), a round accent area rug at the center could be a fun, fanciful accent.
. 4. Leave some area surrounding the area rug Room size really determines how much floor space you want to show. Larger rooms can show more floor space. In smaller rooms you need to fill the room with the rug or your eye will draw the room in making the room look smaller. We call this the postage stamp effect. It looks like you have placed a postage stamp rug in the room. You also need to be careful about doing this in a large room. again the masking tape idea described above will help with deciding the rug size. Similarly, hall and step runners display best when they’re a couple of inches narrower compared to the hallway. The same concept as described above can be used for hallways. If you have a narrow hall or step runner, you need to make the rug as wide as you can. Otherwise, the runner will appear like a landing strip and draw your eye in, making the space look smaller.
5. Considering doorways and architecture in measuring for an area rug One of the most common mistakes we see is corners in the middle of a doorway. This creates a trip hazard and also does not frame the room well. Look at the lines of the room. Stop the rug at either side of a doorway, but not in the middle. Look at areas you want to frame, bookcases, fireplaces, sofas, seating areas, etc. The masking tape method will help you determine the best size
8. Think about layering area rugs Because big area rugs have become costly and choosing the best size can often be challenging, think about layering area rugs. This may imply using a small beautiful oriental or antique rug over the sisal or wool area rug. You can highlight seating areas or use a smaller rug to add a pop of color or texture. This Design technique also allows you to reduce your budget by buying a smaller rug to lay over a less expensive larger rug. These are just some ideas that we have put into practice over the years and have helped hundreds of clients with sizing options. Let us know if you have any size or design dilemmas. The friendly staff at Rug Rats would be happy to help!