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  • Writer's pictureE Bokelman


Area rugs can really create nooks in an open floor plan and help create a grouping uniting the room in a function.

Step 1: Decide where you want the area rug.

Step 2: What shape do you want? Rectangle, square, oval or circle?

Step 3: Measure your room and measure the area where the rug will be placed.

The area rug is going to anchor all your furniture, so think of the area rug as a Twister mat. You remember that game, you have to be touching the mat at all times, and so does your furniture. So your area rug should be larger than the blank space between your furniture pieces.

Step 4: Take your measurements and shop! “Where do I place my area rug?”

Living Room. It typically goes in front of the sofa with the coffee table on top. If you have accent chairs, their legs should be touching the area rug as well.

Dining Room. The rug should go under the table and when you pull the chairs out from under the table, the back legs should still be on the rug.

Bedroom. Two approaches: one is to place the rug under the bed with enough of the rug showing on either side of the bed. The other approach is to use multiple rugs with one for each side of the bed and one at the foot of the bed. If you go with the first approach, remember you won’t see much of the rug, so choose something that is plain in design.

These beginning steps will set you on your way to selecting area rugs for your home that look right and save you on restocking fees if you hadn’t thought about which rug to go with first.

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