Most often, people wonder what size of rug they should purchase, how and where to place them in their homes and offices. It is common to be confused when deciding the best rug size and where it can be placed as there are several conflicting opinions.
However, it’s a common rule that the rug you purchase should be large enough to slide under the furniture including the sofas and tables of that particular area.
People are under the misconception that all the furniture in a particular space should sit on the rug. Therefore, instead of getting confused, take a look at these basic guidelines on how to arrange a rug.
Front legs of the chair placed on the rug and the back legs off
By adhering to the above rule where the front legs of the chairs sit on the rug and the rest are off, you will be creating enough space in the room.
Moreover if you stick to this arrangement, the room will look spacious and furniture pieces will appear to be well-connected to each other.
This rule works well on large spaces.
Only some front legs on the rug and others off
In this rule, not all sofas are supposed to have their legs placed on the rug. Two sets of sofas can have their legs placed on the rug fully while others should have only the front legs on the rug.
Again, all this depends on the size of the area and suits one that is medium to large in size.
All legs on the rug
One handy tip before selecting a rug is to determine what kind of furniture will be placed on it. Generally, a room will look better if all the furniture is placed on the rug.
Place no legs at all on the rug
If you want to purchase a rug that will have no furniture placed on it, then look for a small rug. A rug with a pattern will be best suited for this purpose.
You may also let the furniture just touch the rug from the edges but don’t place it on them.
The 18-inch rule
This is an olden rule in which emphasis is laid on an 18 inch space between the edges of a rug and the wall. However, this approach will work best for enclosed rooms and not rooms which are surrounded by other rooms.
However, if you use this rule in a small room, it will suit it better.
Leave a few inches of floor around the rug
Covering the entire room with a rug save for a few inches is a traditional approach but still works well in this modern era.
The room in this kind of setting will look graceful and well designed.
Now that you have read all the rules that will help you position your rugs in the perfect spot of the room, you should also ensure that you keep your rugs stain free and clean.
This article was written by Sadia Suhail. She loves interior design, home decor and art & craft. She recently wrote a comprehensive guide on feng shui living room.