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Selecting the proper area rug size is very important. After all, the most common reason for a rug return is incorrect size—usually it’s too small. Here are some tips on choosing the right-sized rug for your space:

Living, family, or great room:  Decide if you want a room-sized rug or more than one rug in the room. Larger rugs create the feel of a more “public” space, while smaller rugs can be used for cozy conversation areas. A large rug is generally recommended when all the furniture is contained within the rug area. Showing a border of the floor around the room’s perimeter makes the room appear larger.

Dining or breakfast room:  Choose an area rug large enough so that, when chairs are pulled out from the table, they’re still on the rug (requires that the rug extend about two feet from the edge of the table). Most dining areas need a 6’6’ x 9’, 8’ x 11’, or 9’ x 13’ size. Breakfast rooms are often smaller, so smaller rugs may work.

Bedroom:  Usually recommended is one room-sized rug or several rugs around the bed. At least two or three feet of a room-sized rug should show around the bed. When using several, place one of the bed’s end and one on each side. If there are two beds, a rug looks good centered between them.

Entrance, hallway, or stairs:  Choose a rug that can handle high traffic. An entrance rug should not only provide style, it should protect the floor; a border of floor should show around it. If a runner is used in a hallway adjacent to an entryway that has a rug, both rugs should coordinate in color and design. For stair runners, measure the step and the riser and count the total of each; add 12” to 18” more so both ends can be tucked under at installation.

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