How to Correctly Place an Area Rug in the Living Room


Whether you’re moving into a new space or going through a renovation, you’re going to need to figure out where all of your furniture is going to go—and one of the most important steps in arranging your furniture is figuring out the correct placement of any area rugs you plan on putting down. Let’s be honest: finding the perfect rug for your space can be quite the challenge, both in style (it’s the base for your whole room, so you need to find one you really love!) and in size, no matter how many times you measure.

The good news? Knowing where it will live in your space and how you plan to arrange your furniture on top of it will help you get the size right every time. To help guide you, Cyrus Loloi, principal at Loloi Rugs, shared some of his best tips for placing a rug with House Beautiful.

Whether you’re moving into a new space or going through a renovation, you’re going to need to figure out where all of your furniture is going to go—and one of the most important steps in arranging your furniture is figuring out the correct placement of any area rugs you plan on putting down. Let’s be honest: finding the perfect rug for your space can be quite the challenge, both in style (it’s the base for your whole room, so you need to find one you really love!) and in size, no matter how many times you measure.

The good news? Knowing where it will live in your space and how you plan to arrange your furniture on top of it will help you get the size right every time. To help guide you, Cyrus Loloi, principal at Loloi Rugs, shared some of his best tips for placing a rug with House Beautiful.

In the living room

In the living room, placing a rug gets a little trickier, but it still all depends on the size of your space and your plans for laying out your furniture. According to Loloi, you have three main options for living rooms of various sizes:

For smaller living rooms, you have two options: You can go with a smaller rug (like a 5′ by 8′) that can float in the room in between the furniture, but under the coffee table says Loloi (“A rug that sits six to 12 inches in front of the sofa will anchor your space nicely, and still allows for walking room around the furniture.”) or if you’re trying to make your space feel bigger, you’ll actually want a bigger rug that fits all furniture (like in the larger room section below) to unify the space.
For mid-sized rooms, go with a larger rug (like an 8′ by 10′) and place your large, anchor furniture (i.e. the sofa) around so that only the front legs are on top of it. Loloi notes that you’ll want the rug to extend beyond the sides of the sofa, too.
For larger rooms, Loloi suggests getting a bigger rug (like a 9′ by 13′) and using it to frame your space. Then, place all of the furniture completely on the rug. “Just be sure there is still room around the outside of the rug for walking, so you aren’t partially on and off the rug,” Loloi says. Alternately, if you’re trying to divide the room up into different spaces (like various seating arrangements, or an open concept with dining and seating areas), use different rugs to define each of these spaces.
Even if the suggested rug sizes above don’t quite work with the dimensions of your home, you can still follow the same principles of placement and buy a rug based on the dimensions of your living room and your furniture.

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