How to Arrange Furniture Around an Area Rug

On 18 Sep, 2015 With 0 Comments

An area rug is the anchor in a room. The furniture is either arranged on top of it or around it, and it forms the base of a room.

So, how do you know the best way to arrange furniture around an area rug? The trick is to make sure that the size and pattern of the rug, as well as the room’s furniture, all work in tandem to achieve the look you want. Here are some tried and true design rules for arranging furniture around an area rug.

1. Living Room

Ideally, you should place the front legs of the furniture  on top of the rug. Of course, you can always use a bigger rug that goes all the way under the living room furniture; that makes the room seem even bigger.

The rug should be at least slightly bigger than the length and width of the furniture arrangement in the room.

If the rug is only under the coffee table, it’s too small.

Here, the rug is only anchoring that table, not the whole room. Instead, find a rug that not only goes under the coffee table, but at least the front legs of the furniture around the rug as well.

2. Bedroom

For the bedroom, you want to make sure that the area rug is going to be underfoot when you get out of bed. So, if the bedroom has a full/queen- or king-sized bed, the area rug should be at least about 3/4 of the way under the bed.

You can use a rug big enough to go under the nightstands, if you prefer.

If you have two twin beds, you could have one large rug under both beds, or a smaller rug or runner between the beds.

If you have one twin bed, you can use a small rug next to the bed.

3. Dining Room

It’s obvious that a dining room area rug should be big enough for the table and chairs to fit on it. But the rug needs to be large enough so that the chairs still fit on the rug, even when pulled out.

You don’t want guests’ chairs to wobble when they’re eating, right?

Other than the size of the room and furniture, consider the pattern of the rug. If the rug is going to be under a bed or large furniture, make sure enough of the pattern shows.

Source: Claire Brody Designs, Berkshire Billerica area rug in gray


The key to properly arranging furniture around an area rug is to consider the rug the anchor of the room. Make that the base, and you can’t go wrong.

Tell us your stories about arranging furniture around an area rug. What challenges have you faced? What questions do you have?

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