HomeThangs.com Has Introduced a Guide to Choosing an Area Rug for Every Room in the Home

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Choosing a new area rug is complicated, and the rules are different for every room in the home. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to the most important ones to follow.

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Above all, it's important to be consistent: all the furniture on a rug should be spaced evenly with the same number of feet on the rug.

HomeThangs.com – the Online Home Improvement Store has made their goal to deliver the right product to the consumer. With that in mind, shopping and home design tips, as well as special product selections are being introduced.

When it comes to choosing a new area rug, there are so many guidelines, opinions, and tidbits of advice out there that the prospect of buying one can feel much more daunting than it actually is. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to some of the collective wisdom about choosing a new area rug for all of the major rooms in the home.

Living Room
The sheer variety in size and shape of living rooms makes this space one of the most difficult to pair with a standard sized rug. Even so, a few simple rules apply. The rug should be oriented with the room with at least an 18 inch border of bare floor between the edges of the rug and the walls on all four sides. If there will be a living room set in, on, or around the rug, the rug should be at least 12 inches wider than the sofa, so there are at least 6 inches of rug on either side of the sofa.

The great debate of living room area rugs is where to put the feet of the furniture. Having all the feet of all the furniture on the rug creates a clearly defined conversation area. Having only the front two feet on leaves the area more loosely associated. This generally works better when the sofa is closer to the wall as it’s a little harder to tell that the rug is smaller, but in a larger space it can make the rug look undersized. Remember, though, that “half on” means the rug is at least half way under the sofa, not that the feet are just barely touching. Small, postage stamp rugs centered beneath the coffee table are generally frowned on, but can work with a bright or boldly patterned rug. Above all, though, it’s important to be consistent: all the furniture should be spaced evenly with the same number of feet on the rug.

Great Room
In a large great room, multiple rugs should be used to define separate spaces, usually a main living room set, a separate conversation or game area, and maybe a dining space. Here, all the furniture should sit entirely on top of the rug, leaving several inches of floor visible between each rug. Exactly how much space will depend on the constraints of the room, but this small gap helps keep each zone distinct. Mixing and matching rugs in the same general color scheme will help visually unite the great room as a whole while keeping each area distinct.

The main purpose of having an area rug in the bedroom is to cover up cold, hard floors around the bed. Larger rugs are always better here, as small rugs at the side of the bed tend to look a bit like bath mats. Ideally, the rug should sit about 2/3 of the way under the bed, with at least 2 feet of overhang on all sides to create a comfortable, padded walking area. Unfortunately, this means most of the rug will be underneath the bed, and for a king sized bed that will likely mean a large, 8×10 rug. For a slightly more affordable option, try laying multiple long, runner-style rugs around the edges of the bed or in strips underneath it and at the foot of the bed.

Dining Room
Hard floors – especially hardwood – can easily be damaged when dining chairs are repeatedly dragged over them. Putting a simple rug underneath the table and chairs is one of the best ways to prevent this from happening. But chair legs can easily get caught on the edges of rugs that are too small, and dining rooms are a high spill-risk area, which isn’t great for the longevity of a rug. So be absolutely sure to buy a rug that’s big enough – at least 18-24″ longer on all sides than the dining table – and look for a material that can be vacuumed and spot cleaned if necessary.

Hallway rugs are actually among the easiest to acquire. Ideally they should be about the same length as the hall, but if they aren’t, the gaps or overlaps at the ends of the hall should be equal in length. The rug should be wide enough to walk on comfortably, but narrow enough to leave a 6 inch gap of visible floor on either side, or more if there’s furniture in the hall. Furniture should never touch a hall rug; the two on/two off rule doesn’t apply here, so leave a little extra space and try to keep everything symmetrical.

For more information about matching an area rug to a particular room, check out the full article here.

HomeThangs.com is not only a home improvement superstore, it also provides expert design tips and a comprehensive shopping guide, taking the ideas from professional interior designers, and offering tips to the consumers on how to pick the products to best suit their needs.

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