June 22, 2018

How to Choose an Area Rug for Each Room in Your Home

Area Rugs

You’d be forgiven, but mistaken, if you believed that selecting the right rug for the right room was an easy decision. Choosing the wrong size is one of the most common design mistakes that homeowners make, often leading the room to look small and cramped or their furniture to look diminutive and unappealing. One of the golden rules of area rugs is that just because an area carpet works for one room, doesn’t mean it will work for all of them. Continue reading and check out the video to discover the best way to use a rug in each of the rooms in your home.

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Living Room

Rug location in the living room is highly dependent on how your room is organized and how many other pieces of furniture make up the room. For example, if you have two sofas, the position of the rug should be equal between both sofas--equal being the key word in that sentence. If there’s 30 cm gap, it should be 15cm either side and not 10cm with 20cm on the other.

One of the most common mistakes with area rugs for the living room is purchasing one that is too small. If you have a standard-sized room and furniture, the rug should fit comfortably under all the furniture in the room.

If you’re not sure what size of area rug will look best in your living room, try masking out the possible dimensions and setups with painter’s tape to see what will work best for your space.

Dining Room

The dining room is not the place for a heavy shag-like rug or any other rug that will require substantial maintenance. Just picture the family Christmas gathering, where somebody accidentally drops the cranberry sauce; even just one drop of that sauce could ensure that the beautiful, thick pile rug is destined for the garbage.

Instead, pick a flat weave rug, which will not only be more comfortable to clean should disaster strike, it allows for chairs to move back and forth relatively unhindered. When considering the size of area rug for your dining space, allow for a minimum of three feet on all sides of the table so that the dining table is the centrepiece of the room without feeling too big for the room. To create a cohesive look between the rug and the dining table, ensure that the rug matches the dining table’s shape.


Let’s face it; nothing makes you want to crawl back under the warmth of your blankets than waking up on a cold, winter morning, peeling back the covers from your warm bed and stepping out on a floor that is as cold as ice. Instead, a high pile rug that runs the width and length of the bed can provide a warm hug for your feet even on the coldest of mornings.

In a perfect world, an area rug for the bedroom would fit snugly under all the furniture in the room. For smaller rooms, choose a rug that fits comfortably under the bed and two feet from any of the walls.

If you’re unsure of the right rug for any of your rooms, the expert designers of La-Z-Boy Vancouver can provide you with advice and design tips for free.
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3 comments on “How to Choose an Area Rug for Each Room in Your Home”

  1. A close friend of mine had the interior designer come to her small apartment to measure the living room. She wanted a chesterfield, coffee table and occasional chairs and a TV unit. They suggested that she have an area carpet as well. The friend has MS and is in a scooter in her apartment. When the furniture was brought to her home the chesterfield and chairs were way to bulky looking for her small apartment, although they were very nice. They also suggested that she get 2 end tables for the chesterfield and one between the 2 chairs. When it came time for the area carpet, it was a disaster as my friend has to use her scooter to get around in her apartment and would have to travel over the area carpet. The carpet moved with her scooter every time she had to drive over it. The end tables did not come with order at this time, which was good as she didn't need any of them and cancelled the order for them as she could use some other ones she already had. They took back her area carpet, but we're not sure what kind of area carpet would be good for her as she has carpet in her living room and would have to drive over it all the time. Maybe one that just was under the oval coffee table would have been sufficient, but they gave her a huge one. Any suggestions?

  2. What kind of area carpet can you get that goes on wall to wall carpet already there, that will not move when you have to drive over it with your scooter? Is there any available like that?

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