Area Rugs

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Area Rugs

Let’s talk about how area rugs can Creatively Transform any room in your home.

Most of our homes on Long Island feature hardwood or tile flooring.  While beautiful, they typically remove the warmth from the room.  An area rug adds sophistication and comfort to any living space plus stylish decor.

There are some important rules to remember. Before buying, check out these area rug do’s and don’ts.

Do Extend Rugs Under Furniture

When selecting an area rug, make sure that it extends under all the key pieces of furniture in the room. In a living room, for instance, all of the furniture should be on top of the rug. If this isn’t possible, it’s okay to have the front legs of major upholstered pieces on the rug and the back legs off. However, all the legs of smaller pieces should be on the rug.  In a dining room, the rug should be large enough for the chairs as well as the table. A good rule to follow is that the chairs should be on the rug, even when they’re pulled out from the table.

Don’t Skimp on Size 

The number one mistake people make when decorating with area rugs is getting ones that are too small.

Do Leave Equal Space

Ideally, you should leave the same amount of floor space on all sides of your rug. Give yourself anywhere from about eight to 24 inches on all sides. Eighteen inches is the most common space, but in a smaller space, you can get away with as little as eight inches. The main goal is to have the rug centered in the room.


Don’t Go Too Small in the Bedroom

What good is an area rug if it doesn’t extend beyond the bed? Be sure to get your measurements right before you go shopping. The rug should be large enough to extend beyond the sides of the bed at least 12 inches for a twin or double bed, and at least 18 inches for a queen or king. You can go bigger, but these numbers should be the minimums you want to look for.


Do Cover High-Traffic Areas

Make sure that any heavily trafficked areas are fully covered by the rug you choose. When people are walking through, they shouldn’t have one foot on the rug and one foot off. It’s awkward, uncomfortable, and can lead to unusual wear patterns on both the rug and your flooring.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color and Pattern

Area rugs are a great way to inject playfulness and fun into the room, so embrace color and pattern while shopping. There are many inexpensive options available, so if you decide you don’t like it after a couple of years, it’s easy to change.

Do Know How to Clean It

Be sure to check the cleaning instructions on any rug before you buy it. There is a new solution to keeping area rugs clean. Ruggable is a two-piece rug system that enables you to machine wash your area rug or runner.  They offer sizes  from 2×3′ up to 8×10′.  They have interchangeable covers that are stain-resistant and waterproof with a cushioned, non-slip rug pad.  It is so easy to remove the cover, throw it in the wash and reattach.  This is a practical way to add fashion and function to any room or hallway in your home.

Love the home you live in is our motto.  Call today for a color consultation to Creatively Transform your home for Spring.