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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Size Area Rug for Your Living Room September 6, 2017

Onalaska, La Crosse County
3 Tips for Choosing the Right Size Area Rug for Your Living Room, Onalaska, Wisconsin

When it comes to decorating your living room, an area rug is an essential element. A rug serves as the anchor of your space, pulling your overall design together and providing a focal point. And, with so many color, pattern, and texture options available, a new rug can completely change the look and mood of your room.

But, rugs don’t just look good; they’re functional, too. They protect your flooring from scuffs, scrapes, and other damage, which will extend the life of your hardwood or tile floors. When it’s time to purchase a new living room rug, figuring out the right size can be confusing.

Visualize the Room

It’s a good idea to think ahead about how you want the rug to look in relation to your furniture. Before you shop, lay a sheet on your floor where you think you want to the rug to go or use painter’s tape to mark off the area. This will give you a good idea of how the rug will fit. Then simply measure the dimensions of the sheet or taped-off area, and find a rug you like in that size.

Find a Balance

flooring-installationIt’s important that your area rug be proportionate to your room and furniture. A rug shouldn’t take up the whole room, but one that’s too small will throw off the balance of the space. You’ll also need to consider the color or pattern of the rug; a big rug with a busy pattern could be overwhelming, especially if there are other competing patterns in the room, such as on curtains or throw pillows. When in doubt, a larger rug will make the space feel more luxurious and grounded.

Consider the Furniture Arrangement

A rule of thumb is that the length of the rug should always be a bit longer than the sofa, leaving about six inches of the rug on either side. But, the width may vary depending on your other furniture or room size. If your sofa will be placed against the wall, consider leaving some space between the feet of the sofa and the rug, which means purchasing a smaller rug. But, for a more sophisticated look, a large rug with all the furniture placed on top is a good option.


Now that you have the perfect new area rug, do you have quality flooring to match? If you want to install or replace your tile or hardwood, Builders Flooring in Onalaska, WI, carries a huge selection of flooring options. They also provide complete design and installation services. Call them at (608) 779-5366 or visit their website to learn more about their services and products.