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How To Space Plan Your Area Rugs

How to space plan your area rugs!

Whether you’re remodeling or moving into your new home, you’re thinking where and how can I incorporate area rugs in the décor. Figuring out the correct placement and size area rug is important and one of the first steps. It’s the first thing I do when I’m designing a client’s room. Finding the perfect rug can already be a challenge both in style, color, and texture, but the good news is once you know how and where to place it in your room it will help with designing and completing the look to your space.

To help guide you I will share some tips for the best ways and sizes for space planning your area rugs.

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The living room which is also known as the “sitting room” is the space in the home used mainly for entertaining guests, and sometimes watching television. Depending on the size, this room can get a little tricky when it comes to planning out your area rug. When it comes to living room rugs, less is certainly NOT more. Smaller rugs will appear cluttered and make the room feel smaller, whereas larger rugs will give the illusion of a more streamlined and spacious space.

Once you figure out where and how your seating will be placed, you may want to do the following:

  • Make sure the front legs of the sofa and chairs are positioned on the rug.

  • Allow for 6” inches of the rug to be exposed on each side of each furniture.


The dining room remains as the main area for dining and socializing, especially during the holidays and special occasions. That’s why it’s essential to make sure your area rug is placed correctly making sure it accommodates all the seating. There’s nothing worse than having a wobbly chair and/or table. You also want to avoid the use of sheepskin, shaggy and high-pile rugs in general.

No matter what style of table and seating you decide to go with, when it comes to your area rug you want to do the following:

  • Make sure all your seating is comfortably placed on the rug when the chairs are pulled out.

  • You want to make sure that there is at least 8” inches from the table to the edge of the rug.


Sanctuary is what I like to call my bedroom, it’s the one place you can get away from it all and relax. So, depending on the size of your bed it would also determine the size of the area rug you will want to go with. The most common spot for an area rug in the bedroom is under the bed, where it anchors the room’s largest piece of furniture. Proper rug placement can enhance the room’s coziness and add an element of interest to your room

Here’s some ideas to help you:

  • Ensure that your rug extends at least 1’ foot from the end of the bed.

  • Let the rug peek out from the sides of the bed right where your feet hit the floor.


Believe it or not, kitchens can have rugs too! Whether it’s a runner between the island and the cabinets, a small mat in front of the sink, or a full-size rug; adding an area rug to your kitchen can be a great way to add color, texture, and comfort to the space. The use of kitchen rugs has also become increasingly popular since they also help transform the room from a working to living space making it more inviting.

Consider the following:

  • Leave at least an 18” inch floor gap between the rug and the counters.

  • If you have a galley kitchen, opt for a runner, which adds depth and dimension.

  • For a square or L-shaped kitchen, try a smaller mat placed in front of the sink.


The entryway is where your guests are welcomed and where you want to set the stage to your home’s décor. Whether it’s a hallway that is narrow, or a grand foyer, a rug can help make the transition from the outside world back into the warmth and comfort of your home.

  • Allow about 2’ of rug space from the edge of the rug to the wall.

  • For a striking visual statement, try a round rug.

  • Runners work well for narrow entry ways

  • Round rugs are great for open foyers.

One thing to keep in mind is that bigger is always best. When it comes to area rugs if you plan to use it as part of your décor you need to make sure your area rug isn’t too small for the space since it can make the room look disconnected and unbalance. Rugs have the magic power of making any room look complete, sleek, and warm and how you space plan your area rug it can also make a room feel spacious.

Designer Tip: Add a non-slip matting underneath your area rugs to help keep them in place especially when moving chairs and or furniture around. You can find these on amazon here.


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