How To Pick a Rug For Any Space

How to Pick a Rug for Any Space



Choosing the right rug for your space can be a daunting task, because it’s a big purchase (both physically and figuratively), and it has the potential to really transform your space.

I’ve made enough mistakes along the way to know what to look for, and what to avoid when buying a rug online: I’ve bought too big, too thick, too thin, you name it. I’ve picked up invaluable along advice along the way to make sure I never make these mistakes again. With the help of World Market, I put together a few tips to follow to find the perfect fit, room by room.



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How to Pick a Rug for Your Living Room

Living Room

Ideally, you want every piece of furniture to fit on your living room rug, but always leave 6-12 inches from the walls. If finding a rug big enough is challenging, aim to have at least the front legs of your sofas and chairs on the rug to keep the space grounded. There’s nothing worse than a tiny postage stamp rug in the middle of the room. Choose a rug that’s soft underfoot and fluffy, especially if you enjoy sitting on the floor (I do).


How to Pick a Rug for Your Dining Room

Dining Room

As a general rule, a dining room rug should extend a minimum of 3ft from the edge of a dining table, so that all chairs can sit comfortably on the rug when in use. Choose a rug that’s resistant, as there will be a lot of chairs being pulled in and out. I love using vintage rugs that are already a little worn in the dining room, so that additional wear and tear goes unnoticed.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Bedroom


The whole point of a bedroom rug is to be soft underfoot when you get up in the morning, so make sure it extends at least 2-3 feet on each side of the bed. Bedside tables can generally rest on or off the rug, but not halfway in between. If your budget is limited, consider two smaller rugs on each side of the bed.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Bathroom


Bathmats are so boring—instead, try a vintage distressed rug, like a Kilim or Oushak to brighten up the space. I love using colorful or overdyed rugs in the bathroom—it’s a great way to add color in a space that’s often monochrome.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Kitchen


Pick a rug that’s easy to clean for your kitchen—that’s the most important. Again, I love using vintage rugs in a space with high traffic like the kitchen, so it feels less precious. If you have a narrow galley kitchen, a runner is a great way to elongate the space.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Entrance


If your hallway is wide enough to have furniture on both sides, center your rug in the middle. If all your furniture is pushed to one side, it’s okay to shift your runner to one side, even if it means it won’t be centered.


How to Pick a Rug for Your Home Office

Home Office

One important thing to consider when placing a rug in your home office, is to choose something that stays in place easily, as you’ll have a rolling desk chair on top of it. I love using rugs that are heavy so they stay put, but that are also very flat and thin. It makes rolling around easier.


Photos: Lesley Unruh, François Halard, Alicia Lund, Ryan Street & Associates, Sarah Dorio, Brittany AmbridgeJane BeilesStudio McGee.

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