How to choose a rug

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Oh decisions, decisions! Choosing a rug for your interior can be tricky – but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few handy tips and tricks.

1. Measure up

Before you go rug shopping keep in mind the size of your room or better yet – make a plan! Draw a picture of where your existing furniture is going to go, then see how much floor space is left for your rug.

We can’t stress this enough – size is key! Go too big and your rug runs the risk of swamping your space. Too small, and it will look darn right silly – and be totally impractical. Look at your room size and the objects in your room, and then assess how your rug will work with them.

Tip: Upsize if possible. Go for the largest possible size that fits – it will unify your room and define the space you want to cover. A rug that’s too small can often make your room look even smaller and make the furniture feel disconnected – always upsize where possible!

how to choose a rug

2. Think about a rug for your bedroom

We usually associate rugs with large living spaces and dining rooms, but they can also work really well in smaller spaces like bedrooms – especially if you have hardwood floors. There’s nothing quite as luxurious as waking up and placing your feet on a soft rug! Measure your bed before choosing your rug – you’ll want your choice to be considerably larger than the bed frame so there’s room on both sides. If you don’t want the rug to dominate, consider using two runners each side, or place your rug at the bottom of the bed for a more decorative look.

how to choose a rug

3. Rugs in living rooms should be placed below your furniture

In rooms where furniture is up against the wall, your rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all lounge suit items. That said, if you want a more formal look and feel, you’ll want your couch legs to be placed off the rug. It’s your call.

how to choose a rug

4. look after your rug

Show your rug some love and it will reward you with a long life span. A regular vacuum and rotation of a rug in high traffic and sunlit areas (as well as the prompt treatment of spills) will add years to its lifecyle. 

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