Written By: Courtney Stevens

Contributing Writer: Bailey Pinkerton

Rugs are a foundational part of any strong design. They invite color, style, and texture within your space. But if a rug is sized or placed incorrectly, it can leave your space feeling disproportionate and lacking cohesion. While everyone’s room size, layout, and furniture is different, we want to provide you tips and tricks that will help guide your future rug choices. 


Rugs not only serve as a great way to cozy up your home, it also creates a subtle division between your spaces if you have an open concept! We recommend sizing your rugs to highlight your walkways and circulation pattern. Correctly sized rugs can do so in an unobtrusive way. 

For a space like your dining room, the ideal rug is one that allows the chairs to still be on the rug when the chair is pulled out from the table. This will prevent the chair legs getting caught on the end of the rug, creating a tripping hazard. No one wants that!


Anchor. Your. Rug. Buy the size that allows the front half of your furniture to sit on the rug. This allows you to maintain those walkways and keep your rug where it’s supposed to be. Sizing up is always better than sizing down. When it comes to placing a rug in your bedroom, we recommend an 8×11 rug for a king sized bed, however a 9×12 is preferable. Smaller rugs for your bedroom can start to look like coasters for your bed. 


Another thing you can do with your rugs is layer them! So, if you make the mistake of purchasing a rug that is too small for your space, it’s not the end of the world. You can layer that rug on top of a larger rug to create more dimension and texture. We recommend a plain and or sisal rug for the bottom layer. 

Rug Pad

Last but not least, rug pads. Adding a quality rug pad under your rug can double the life of your rug. Yes, you read that right! Rug pads are similar to carpet padding; they help protect both your rug and your floors beneath your rug. Rug pads are not to get confused with waffle pads. Actually, waffle pads cause problems for your rug and the floor underneath. Treat yourself to a rug pad!