5 Tips for Rug Placement
04/18 Design Tips

5 Tips for Rug Placement

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We get so many questions about rugs! Here we’ll share our tips for style, placement, and sizing!


TIP #1 - SECURE, BUT SPACIOUS

This tip is applicable to any space! Keep the rug 12-36 inches away from the wall. This ensures that the space feels covered and anchored.

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TIP #2- STAY GROUNDED

Here’s another versatile tip, keep two legs of furniture on a rug. You can go with four for a formal look, but typically we place two feet on the rug. That placement helps the rug feel like a solid foundation for your floor plan.

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TIP #3- THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF RUNNING

Everyone has questions about the kitchen runner length! Kitchen runners are amazing because they bring warmth to the cold floor you’re often walking barefoot on. Try an indoor/outdoor runner if you’re concerned about durability, or vintage if you really want to charm. We love to use pattern too! The kitchen runner length should run just a little shorter than the island, not passing the island or cabinets!

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The same tips apply in the bathroom! A rug in front of the vanity makes the space feel so luxurious, which is perfect for a master space.

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TIP #4- DEFINE YOUR MASTER BEDROOM

Bedroom Placement — Over and over again, you'll hear us say that you want the rug to anchor the space. That's still true in the bedroom. It defines the area with the right placement. Your rug should be in front of the nightstands, but not under. Try not to extend the length of them and give space to breathe on each side.

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Queen Bed:

-Make sure your rug doesn’t extend the nightstands. 

-Make sure the rug has at least 8” of space on the sides of the bed. 

-Typical rug size for a Queen bed is 8x10.

King Bed: 

-Leave at least 8” of space from the nightstands to the beginning of the rug. 

-Make sure the rug extends the bed by at least 1 foot.

-Typical rug size for a King bed is 9x12.

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#5- DINE IN STYLE & COMFORT

We tend to opt for a rug under a dining table when the space is more formal, but not stuffy. It elevates the design while providing comfort. Make sure the dining chairs are all on the rug around the entire table, you know the drill!

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Here’s our tips:

-Leave at least 8” of space out on each side.

-Leave at least 1 foot of floor around the perimeter of the room

-Typical sizes are 6x9, 8x10, and 9x12.

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  1. What is your opinion on how to coordinate rugs in the same room, such as a kitchen runner and a rug under the table?

  2. When chairs are pulled away from the table to sit, should the rug be large enough to still be under the chairs? Our round rug is just a tad larger than our round table so the back legs of the chairs are on the hardwood floor when seated at the table. :/

  3. Always blown away by how you make such a big impact with simple things. Question: if you have a light wooden floor with a brown leather couch, would a light colored rug suit best, or a dark pallette? Is it too much to use patterns?

  4. Hi! I absolutely love your blog and shop! Thank you for the great tips. I love your recent post about creating the perfect entryway and am considering purchasing the rug you have featured in that post, but need some guidance on how big a rug should be in that area. My entryway is very similar to the one you feature in that post. What size do you recommend in a space like that!! Thank you!!

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