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How to measure for an area rug

Follow These Simple Steps On How to Measure for an Area Rug

First, you’ll want to use a measuring tape.   We like the steel ones but plastic will also do.   It’s important not to guess at sizing simply by looking at the space.   Make sure to consider locations of vents, floor inlays or doors as they may affect the layout of the area rug.   To create an intimate space with your area rug, measure the length and the width of the area and subtract 24″ from both measurements.   If you are measuring for a rug for a room in your home that has furniture in it, for example, your living room or family room, the furniture should be all on the rug.   The exception to this would be the back legs of your sofa or larger chairs. These legs can be off the floor if desired.


If you are considering a rug for your dining room or kitchen dining area, there are a couple of things you should consider here.   For a rug under your dining table and chairs, you must measure the width and the length of the table.   If your table has an extension that you will be using, it’s a good idea to measure the table at full extension.   Next, pull out the dining chairs as if you were going to sit in one and have a meal.   The back legs of the dining chair should be fully on the rug.   Ideally, your dining room rug should be about four feet longer and wider than your table and you really need about 18 to 24 inches on each side so you and your guests can slide the chairs out without falling off the edge of the rug.   If your rug is too small, chairs can still scratch the floor or get tangled in the edge of the rug ultimately causing discomfort, and frustration when trying to slide the chair back in place.   Don’t forget to take into account any sideboards or china cabinets in the room.   Your new rug should not extend beneath those dining room pieces.




If you are considering a rug for your bedroom, the rug should be at large enough so that when you get out of bed your feet land on the rug (approximately 2 feet on each side).   The rug may or may not go completely under the bed and night stands.   The correct rug size will also depend on what size bed you have.



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