Veronica Lidchi: Your Ultimate Guide to Rug Placements In Every Room of the House

A rug can anchor a room and help you achieve a design that flows well and is pleasing to the eye. Here we share some tried and tested layout ideas to help you with the perfect rug placement in your home. 

Generally, the rule is to choose the largest rug possible while still leaving space between the rug and the walls to highlight the flooring. This will make the room feel spacious, inviting and well designed. However, ensure you can still open doors and allow for any cut-off corners of the room, such as a fireplace. Place furniture that backs against walls off the rug, regardless of whether you are designing a living, dining or bedroom space. This will help the room to feel more spacious.

In the living room… To pull together a living area, choose a rug large enough to sit fully or halfway under couches with any side chairs sitting partially or fully on the rug. Modular seating looks best when placed entirely on a rug with at least 20cm of rug visible behind. If you prefer to have a small rug, arrange the seating an even distance from it.

In the dining room… In the dining room, the best size under a dining table is about 60-70cm wider all round and in proportion to the table, accommodating chairs when people are seated. Place a round rug under a round table to accentuate the table shape and enhance the room’s overall design.
In the bedroom… Smaller rugs are often used in bedrooms. They can be placed on each or just one side of the bed, creating a soft, warm place from which to step in and out of bed. For a more luxurious look, place a large rug underneath the bed with a generous amount visible at the foot and sides. Keep bedside tables off the rug to highlight the floor and enhance the feeling of space.
In the kids’ bedroom… As well as adding softness, rugs can add colour and whimsy to children’s rooms. Tuck the rug slightly under the bed to ensure little feet can find it easily. In a shared bedroom, place the rug between the beds to visually connect them and create a central play space. Smaller round rugs work well in nurseries under or next to cribs or make smaller spaces feel intimate and playful.
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