How to choose an area rug for your home: Part 1

Have you ever picked out a rug for a room in your home?  There are SO many choices out there, it can make your head spin.  So, how did you make your choice?

1. Did you use a "strategy" or plan? 

2. Did you go with the first one that caught your eye? 

3. Did you pick the one that had your favorite colors in it? 

4. Did you end up NOT choosing one, because it was too overwhelming? 

If I asked ten home-owners these four questions, I would bet that six of them would answer "NO" to question #1, and "YES" to any one, or a combination of questions #2-4.  Hmmmm.....what is this saying?  

It's saying that 60% of home-owners would buy a rug without a plan.  Yep, that's right.  The thing is, a rug is kind of a big deal. They can be pricey.  They are a large accessory for the home.  They are very noticeable.  They can make or break a room. 

If there's no plan, problems can result.  

What problems? 
Problems can result when a rug is bought without a plan for the room it will go in.  Here are some examples.....

1. You get the rug home, and you don't love it anymore.  “But why? I loved it in the store?!” you ask.   Yep.  It happens…and it’s usually because there was no plan.

2. You really don't want to go through the hassle of returning it, so you keep it. “I can make this work”. Problem is, everything else in the room  What to do?   Change everything else!   Yep. This happens too, and it can become an even bigger problem than not loving your rug!

3. Once the rug is in the room, the room becomes visually confusing.  The rug doesn’t quite fit with the furniture lay-out.  And.......yep, you guessed it. This is a problem.

These things happen.  But there's good news. 

The good news about rugs: When you have a plan, choosing one is easier than you think

Selecting a rug doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, looking at rugs can be FUN….when you know what you’re looking for. Today I’m sharing the first key “ingredient” you need for selecting the RIGHT rug for your space:

  1. SIZE: Be sure to measure your room, and your furniture. When you know your furniture configuration and the amount of space it takes up, then you’ll know what size rug to get.

Below is a guide I found on Pinterest from Magnolia Homes by Joanna Gaines (Love her!) The pictures speak for the themselves. Bottom line is you want your rug to be big enough for the space!

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Here are some examples of what to do, and not to do: (photo taken from Buzzfeed, via Pinterest)


In the bottom two examples, you can see that those rugs aren’t large enough for the spaces they are in.

“OK. I have my furniture/space measurements, and looked at the rug size guide. I think I get it. Now what?”

Once you know how your furniture will be configured, and how much space it takes up, it’s helpful to actually see how the rug dimensions will work in your space. To do that, use painter’s tape and measure out a couple different standard rug sizes (like 8x10 feet, 9x12 feet, 5x7 feet) using the tape.

So for example, if you know your rug will need to be at least 8x10 feet in size, configure your painter’s tape to 8x10. Now you’ve got a very good idea as to how that particular size will work in your space.

Rugs don’t scare me!

Choosing an area rug for your home is easy when you know what you’re looking for. Taking measurements of your furniture, and the space it takes up will help you understand what size rug is best for your space. Using painter’s tape will help you further, by allowing you to visualize a rug actually being in your space. The result? No guesswork at the store, and the right size rug.

Like today’s first step? Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!!!! Because you need more than measurements to select the RIGHT rug for your room!


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