Area rugs are the crowning touch to wood and tile flooring. They add warmth, beauty and color to your room, not to mention how good they feel underfoot. But there’s nothing worse than ordering a rug, laying it down and then realizing it’s a little too big or too small. So before you start searching, it’s a good idea to figure out what size you need. It will help narrow down your choices and give you confidence in your purchase. Here are some room-by-room guidelines:
Living Room & Family Room
5 Secret Buying Tips:
Shipping costs for rugs are pretty hefty. Rugs often qualify as over-sized freight so be sure to take advantage of sales and free shipping offers.
Along with figuring out the right size, it’s often worth the extra time to order the same pattern rug in the smallest size available to make sure the pattern works. Confirm that the return policy is liberal and ask them if they will credit the freight if you order the larger size.
If you are ordering a custom sized rug, then use the exact measurements calculated above. If you are ordering standard sized rugs, then go up to the next size rug.
If you have any recessed floor outlets, make sure they are covered if they are not underneath the furniture.
Order the pad along with the rug. That way you have the exact size you need to roll it out as soon as you receive it.