Looking through fine, Oriental rugs, whether you live in Milwaukee, San Diego or anywhere in between, is very exciting. It’s exciting to be introducing your home to the added warmth and comfort that Persian rugs can bring. But sometimes picking an area rug or an entryway scatter can be difficult due to the many options and sizes. Here are 3 tips to help you choose the perfect sized rug for any room of your house.
1. Know the Names and Sizes
First thing you’ll want to know before going rug hunting is the difference in rug sizes and their names. “Palace carpets” are the biggest rugs out there, they are 14×24 feet. Carpet rugs are 8×10 or larger. Runners, also known as corridor rugs are anywhere from 2-3 feet wide by 7-20 feet long. Area rugs are measured 4.5×7 or 5×7. Prayer rugs are the same size as scatter rugs with one rounded side intended to face the holy city of Mecca. Scatter rugs are anywhere from 2×4 to 4×6. Mats are typically measured 2×3 feet.
2. Pick a Room, Any Room
Once you know the difference in rug sizes, then you can have fun figuring out where to place them, here are a few suggestions that may help. In the dining room, area rugs accommodate the dinner table and chairs very well as long as the rug is 3 feet longer and wider than your table with the chairs pushed into it. In the kitchen, mats and scatter rugs are the best for the small areas in front of the sink, counters and door. Living rooms are the most popular places to put area rugs and carpets. You can place them beneath the coffee table, in a corner reading area and at the foot of the fireplace. In the bedroom, carpet rugs can go beneath the bed or an area rug can be placed in front of the bed. High traffic areas such as entryways and hallways typically look good with long, thin runners.
3. Lights, Measuring Tape, ACTION!
Now that you have an idea of where to place your rugs, it is time to get the exact measurements. Begin by measuring the width and length of your room and the central furniture items such as couches, coffee table, book shelves, dining table, or bed. To help you better picture the look, draw a floor plan of your room with all of the furniture items to scale. With the measurements of your room subtract the rug area from your total measurements to expose the bare floor space
At last the time of preparation has finally reached its end, and you are ready to take on the best part of your home furnishing adventure: the shopping spree. With these 3 steps under your belt, hopefully you feel enthused and confident in your ability to sweep up the best decorative rug for your home.