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Guidelines On Proper Rug Placement

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Your room looks picture perfect – a shelf lined with books, windows with impressive drapes, a cozy sofa set, a coffee table accessorized with cute knick-knacks, beautiful artworks and interesting photos. You even have an aquarium. But it’s not complete. It wouldn’t be, unless you add a pretty rug to the picture.

Rugs are wonderful in the way they bring together all the contents of a room and bring a warm glow and a cozy appearance to any space. Placing your rug correctly is like solving a puzzle, it fits just right. If you would like to know how to place a rug well, you will find some useful suggestions here.

Color, patterns and the texture of a rug are subjective issues as they depend on personal taste and preferences. There are no firm rules, but there are ways to place certain rugs to best effect. Smaller rugs can be placed anywhere but since large rugs often define the appearance and style of a room, it is essential to follow some guidelines while placing it.

The usual placement for a rug is under a centered coffee table or a sofa – keep it two or three inches behind the front legs. Unless it is a very large rug, the back legs of a sofa are usually placed on the floor, rather than on the rug.

Choosing the right size for your rug is a vital point. Measure your desired space so you’ll know which rug has the accurate size. A too big or too small rug will not do. It messes up the whole interior aspect.

A rug with eight inches of extra space on the floor is an ideal size. It doesn’t look too crowded. Position your rug properly.

For furniture set like the dining table, use bigger size rugs with at least twenty-four inches beyond the edges of the table. This gives space for the chairs so that when people move them back to stand or sit down, the chairs are still included in the rug surface. No left-out drama in your dining room.

A recommended size for a dining set is a 4X6 or 5X8 rug in round or hexagonal shape.

Pause before you make up your mind about buying a large rug. Think about the size. Will the entrance door have enough clearance? Will the rug hinder any air vents or electric plugs? Make a checklist of all the details that can affect the placement of your rug. Planning ahead is the ONLY way to avoid mistakes. Remember, you cannot cut or modify the structure of the rug and a large rug is a heavy investment. If not placed well, the whole room’s appearance can be adversely affected.

Rugs are used everywhere – their unique qualities have made them very popular in homes all over the world. They are available in various colors, sizes and patterns to adorn any room, and if you place your rugs correctly, the beauty of your home will be greatly enhanced.

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