There’s a lot to know when choosing the right living room rug size. And it surpasses the color, shape, and style you choose as well. To achieve the right size, you’ll want to find a balance between the furniture you use and the rug. We all love decorating our homes with beautiful area rugs, but it’s not always easy to size them correctly. And there’s a lot to consider when doing so.
Why Your Living Room Rug Size Is Important
When it comes to our living room rug size, making sure it’s beautiful is important but not as much as the size. More so, it doesn’t matter what type of floor you have; rugs add color, style, warmth, and character to our living rooms. Moreover, many folks choose beige rugs or patterned rugs in their living rooms. And while the neutral tones look great, making sure the size is right means more.
While we all enjoy shopping for area rugs, we don’t emphasize making sure the fit works. However, you will have great success when you work with a formula to determine your living room rug size. Typically, when it comes to choosing the right living room rug size, folks tend to buy them too small. You can see where this can create a look that doesn’t work well.
Let’s take a look at what goes into making sure our living room rug size fits properly and enhances our home’s décor.
The Syle Of Your Living Room Rug
Typically, we tend to decide the style of our living room rugs first, and that’s OK. However, once you determine the type you want, you can begin researching where you want to buy it. With that said, there are two factors you should think about next. First, do you want “legs on” or “legs off,” and why?
For example, legs on means, as it sounds, that you want a large enough rug that your couch’s legs are on the rug and not on the original floor. More so, this requires you to purchase a larger rug. The bigger your living room, the larger the rug needs to be, so it fits properly.
In contrast, you can go for all legs off. And this usually means using a small rug that sits in front of your couch, and nothing goes on it. In most cases, this is a great way to add color and character at an affordable price.
Of course, you can also opt to have two legs of your couch on and two off. This style is growing in popularity as it opens up many interesting options. Once you determine the style that works for your layout, you can then move on to ensuring your living room rug size fits perfectly.
Below, you can see some examples of legs off and legs on rug styles.
Determining The Size Of Your Rugs
OK, so not you feel ready to choose the size of your area rug. But, first, if you opt to have all the furniture legs on your rug, you need to position your couch, coffee table, and other items that don’t sit against the wall. You can then measure the space to ensure you know the minimum size a rug could be for all feet to sit on it.
However, before you commit to one, you’ll need to consider the symmetry of the room. For example, the rug may be under all the furniture, but it will still be visible. In a very large room, this can mean the rug is only covering a part of the space and will look fine.
But, in smaller rooms where the rug is approaching the size of the room, you’ll need it to be an equal distance from all walls. And this can affect the size of the rug or the position of your furniture. In contrast, a “legs off” style rug is simply a statement piece and doesn’t need to be large. It just adds color to the room. Therefore, there is no size requirement.
Creating A Dreamy Welcoming Space
Finally, if you want half the legs on, you’ll need a rug that fits under the legs of all the furniture items. Measuring this will give you the appropriate size. Again, it will need to appear in symmetry to the room. But it is an excellent way of connecting the furniture, especially if you have gone for individual pieces and not a set.
As you can see in the image below, this stunning Ashanti Tribal Pattern Berber Wool Shag Rug fits the room perfectly. And it adds depth, warmth, and character to the room. This living room is dreamy enough never to want to leave!
Follow The General Rules For The Perfect Rug Sizes
Typically, you’ll find some general rules that work great when choosing your living room rug size. Then, of course, you can tweak them as you see fit. By the way, you can use these guidelines for any room in your home when shopping for the perfect area rug. All you do is tweak the sizes to accommodate the type of room.
First, your overall living room rug sizes range from 8×10 to 9×12. Second, you’ll want to make sure the rug you choose is at least 6 to 8 inches wider than your sofa on both sides.
Next, measure the rug, so it funs the length of the sofa. And give yourself at least 30 to 36 inches of walkways space. Check between your larger pieces of furniture as well to make sure you have enough room.
If you don’t have a large living room, give yourself at least 18 to 24 inches of space to ensure roominess. Again, these measurements fall under the general rules, but you can tweak them as you see fit.
Another great tip, use painter’s tape to create a faux area rug. Once you do, you can get a good sense of the perfect size you’ll need! We love the example below. You can see how this Karmen Blue And Ivory Geometric Patterned Rug fits perfectly and transforms the entire room’s decor.
Creating The Illusion Of Length In Your Living Room
When choosing the right living room rug size, think about geometric patterns. These patterns can help create the illusion of length, making your space look longer and open. For example, in the image below, you can see how this Misha Tribal Pattern Berber Wool Shag Rug creates a long expanded look and feel. You can use these patterns to help your living room look longer and wider.
And if you love the two legs on two legs off look and style, this gorgeous Mimi Peach And Beige Tribal Rug make perfect sense!
Either way, using these tips and making sure you choose the right living room rug size will enhance your home décor. And transform any room into a visually stunning area.
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