Sizing your area rug can be a little Hokey-Pokey

You put your right foot in, you take your right foot out, you put your right foot in and shake it all about. No no no. We are trying to figure out how to place our rug effectively in our room not do the Hokey Pokey. Here are some general rules for rug placement

Front Legs on the Rug, Back Legs Off:

In most situations, having the front legs of sofas and chairs on the rug while leaving the back legs off works well. This approach unifies the furniture pieces and creates a sense of proportion. The rug should extend far enough into the room to achieve this effect.

Front legs on rugs

Some Front Legs On:

For a hybrid approach, consider placing only the front legs of the sofa on the rug, while leaving the chairs’ bases entirely on the rug. This works effectively when the room size and the rug’s contrasting tone against the flooring complement each other.

All legs on rug

All Legs on the Rug:

To create a cohesive look, place all furniture legs firmly on the rug. This rule is commonly employed in well-designed spaces and ensures a pulled-together appearance.

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No Legs on the Rug:

If you prefer a smaller rug that adds warmth, pattern, color, or texture, you can have none of the furniture touching the rug. This approach creates a different look but can work well, especially in areas like nurseries or cozy corners.


Eighteen inches of Bare Floor Around the Rug:

A traditional guideline suggests leaving about 18 inches of bare floor between the rug edge and the room’s perimeter walls. This brings in a sense of proportion and balance.

Remember that these guidelines are not strict rules; they serve as helpful starting points. Consider your room’s size, furniture layout, and personal preferences when choosing an area rug. Metro Flooring has thousands of carpets that can be made into custom area rugs the exact size you may want as well as premade area rugs in specific sizes that may work Happy decorating!