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Design and Buy Tips

When shopping for the perfect rug for your space, rug size and placement should be the initial contributing factors in your purchasing decision. While there are no set rules, there are certain guidelines and design aesthetics to be consider during the shopping process.

Rug Tips By Room

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Room Filling Area Rugs

If you have a room that you do not want to do wall-to-wall but love the idea of a really great, large carpet in the space, then keep this next tip in mind when selecting a size. Ideally, there should be at least an 18” perimeter from the edge of your rug to the wall. This gives your eyes a place to rest in the space and creates a sense of balance. If the rug encroaches on the wall more than the allotted 18” perimeter, it will make the carpet feel too large and will create tension between your design elements.

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Living Room

The size of your rug for your living room should be dictated by the space in which you are using it. An average sized living room for instance can typically handle an 8x10, 9x12 or a 10x14 area rug. In a larger living room and/or great room, a 10x14, 12x16 or larger would be appropriate. A great tip is to use blue painters tape to mark the boundaries of the rug size you are interested in to provide a fantastic visual reference.

The question most commonly asked is if the legs of the sofa and chairs should be on or off the rug. Both ways can work great in a living room, but here are a few tips to get you started.


Placing all furniture legs on the rug works well in a more formal setting as it creates a plush, luxurious feel. Rug sizes such as a 10x14 or 12x16 are great for the all-on approach. Shop 10x14 rugs or shop 12x16 rugs>


If you have tight quarters and don’t have room for a larger rug and furniture, keeping all legs off a 6x9 area rug usually works well in these smaller sitting areas. Shop 6x9 rugs>


Most commonly you will see some feet on and some feet off the rug. This works great for anchoring the room together but giving the space a sense of openness. If you are going to place the front legs of your sofa on the rug, you would want to do the same with the occasional chairs or other main sitting pieces. This really marries the seating arrangement to the rug and creates a well defined space. You can achieve this look very well with 8x10, 9x12 or 10x14 rugs. Shop 8x10 rugs>

Dining Room

Rugs placed under the dining room table should extend a minimum of 30-36” from the edge of your table. This will give you and your guests enough room to pull the chair out from the table comfortably without having the back legs of the chair fall off the edge of the rug.

Keep in mind that the standard rug sizes are 6x9, 8x10, 9x12, 10x14, and 12x16. Choose the rug that will accommodate at least the 30-36”. It's okay if the rug extends beyond that. Browse all rugs>

Hallway Runner

When placing a runner down a hallway, it is important to keep some space between the edge of the rug to the wall. Hall ways are narrow, so the 18” perimeter between the rug to the wall will not typically work for a hallway. Try to have a minimum of 6-8” of flooring showing on both sides of the rug. It will make the space feel balanced and the rug wont feel like it was squeezed in the space. If you have a particularly long hallway and cannot find a runner long enough, break the space with two identical, same-sized runners with a 6” space between them. Shop runner rugs>


All On

You want to choose a rug size that will extend at least 18” beyond the edge of your bed. This will give you some walking room around your bed and provide a nice landing. If you have night stands that you also plan to place on top of the rug, allow for at least 6” of rug to extend from the side of the night stand. If you have a rug that tightly fits the boundary of your bed frame, it will make your rug look constrained and not a thoughtful part of the space.

All Off

Small scale rugs are best if you decide that all-off works best for your space. To provide you with a nice landing in the morning, you can place a 3x5 on either side of the bed. Another all-off approach is to place a smaller scale rug at the end of the foot board. Usually a 5x8 or 6x9 will work well for rugs placed at the foot of the bed. Be certain to give a bit of room from the edge of the bed frame to the rug. Otherwise the rug will look squished up against the furniture and out of place. It is usually appropriate to have 6-8” of floor showing from the edges of the bed to the rug. 

Part On

If you are placing just the legs of the foot board on top of the rug, you can achieve this with most rugs sizes such as a 6x9, 8x10 and larger. It really depends on the size of your bed. When placing part of the rug under the bed, be certain that it extends past the foot board a minimum of 18”. If not, it will feel disproportionate to the scale of your furniture. It will visually place too much weight to one side of the space. These guidelines are simple suggestions to keep in mind while looking for a rug. Each space is unique and each home owner reacts to their space in very individual ways. If you are still having trouble deciding on the best size for you space, please contact us and let one of our qualified staff members guide you in the right direction. Shop rugs by size>

Advice from the experts

Enjoy expert advice on interior design from the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and Northwest Society of Interior Designers (NWSID).

Tips from ASID

Advice from our partners at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

When decorating your home, think of your floors as the foundation for your design scheme. An area rug can visually integrate or harmonize eclectic elements in any decor or can revitalize a room. There's an endless array of rug designs to choose from.

Visualize the desired total look of the room. Do you want a room that's uncluttered and monotone or a room rich with colors or textures? If you start with a totally empty room, choose a rug, then paint or paper the walls in colors found in the rug.

Remember, the rug has to fit the room - in more ways than one. Consider how the room is used, how much traffic the area gets and who will view it under what light. For high-traffic areas such as hallways and foyers, you may want a durable, patterned rug.

Choose furniture that enhances the rug design or colors found in the rug. If you start with furniture, choose a rug to pick up the colors used in your furnishing patterns. Patterns can be mixed if they are coordinated by color. Elements of a rug design can be further incorporated into the overall design scheme. For example, if the rug is floral, add framed prints or flowers in similar colors.

Size up the size of the room and the area you want to cover. The most common area rug sizes are 4-by-6 and 6 by-9 feet. They work well under a coffee table. An 8-by-11-foot rug or larger can cover an entire room. Smaller area and scatter rugs can be ideal for adorning smaller spaces-a hearth, a bedside, the area in front of a kitchen sink-with a splash of color and warmth.

A rug with a bold, overall design can be the focal point of a room with a chair and sofa in solid or subdued patterns.

Light colored rugs make a room look more spacious, and deeper colors lend coziness to a room.

Choose a rug that will perform well, with the right combination of density and fiber. The denser the pile, (with closer tufts or stitches), the better your rug will wear.

The naturals - wool and cotton - are durable, soft, and easy to clean.

Watch out for fringe elements. If the rug you like has fringe, make sure it's sewn on well, and very carefully use the vacuum cleaner.

Remember to take a swatch of any fabrics you'd like to match with you when you shop for a rug. That way, you'll have a better idea of what will complement your existing décor.

Don't underestimate the value of an underlay. Not only will it absorb the impact of feet and noise, it will reduce wear and tear on the rug and make vacuuming easier.

When buying a rug, it pays to select a reputable dealer with a knowledgeable staff, wide selection, and a guarantee that the store will stand behind its merchandise.

Reasons to hire an interior designer

Eight Reasons to Hire an interior Designer from NWSID

Why engage a professional interior designer? Here are eight benefits suggested by our partners at Northwest Society of Interior Designers (NWSID)

1. Provides Solutions and Guidance.
Every project large or small presents challenges, from living space and storage constraints to maximizing light. A knowledgeable designer guides clients efficiently through the maze of design choices.

2. Prevents Costly Mistakes.
Experienced designers know what works and what doesn’t. Our members can help you choose the products that make sense aesthetically and practically.

3. Accesses Resources.
Designers have access to local and national manufacturers and products that are unavailable to most consumers.

4. Makes Connections.
Design is only as good as its execution. Seasoned designers know how to find and work with the most qualified contractors, tradespeople and painters. They make sure price meets quality. And they can apply leverage to repair or replace items when necessary.

5. Saves Time.
Designers save you from countless hours of shopping time and will work on-site. We bring the “store” and options to you.

6. Ensures Completion.
A designer helps allocate your design dollars effectively now and for future phases of your design project. Designers make sure workers follow the construction schedule, complete every detail and finish the job to your satisfaction.

7. Gets to Yes.
Designers serve as a neutral third party to link taste and style between partners and help them decide on a direction.

8. Knows the Ropes.
A designer’s experience more than proves its value. All of our designers have risen to educational and professional standards and are well-versed in navigating the many state and city codes, safety or convenience issues.

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