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When it comes to choosing the shape of your floor coverings, you can almost never go wrong with rectangular rugs. From traditional rugs to contemporary rugs, rectangular area rugs encompass every texture, material, style and color you can imagine. Faced with such a broad array of choices, choosing the right rectangle rug for your space takes some thought and planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you explore your options in floor decor.
Purpose: What do you want the rectangle rug to accomplish in your space? This is the first question to ask before choosing an area rug for any room. From protecting your floor to grounding your furniture or simply adding a pop of color, rugs play a range of roles, but every rug should have a primary purpose in its placement. This should determine the rug's size, shape and style. The purpose of an entryway accent rug, for example, differs vastly from that of a dining room rug. You would naturally use different yardsticks when buying rectangular rugs for the two areas.
Room size: Ever been in a room where things felt oddly out of scale? Chances are there was a rectangular rug that was either too large or too small for the space. It can be hard to visualize what an area rug will look like in your space. Be sure to measure your room's dimensions before going rug shopping. Most average rooms that measure 10'x12' to 12'x16' can tastefully accommodate 5x8 rugs. Larger rooms that measure 14'x16' or more may need rectangular rugs measuring 8x10 and up. Another handy tip to bear in mind is the rug's distance of from the wall - design experts recommend that a rug ideally be positioned about 6" to 2' away from the wall. Use these as guidelines, but remember that there are exceptions to every rule.
Furniture placement: Rugs protect your floor from furniture, particularly in areas like your dining room where chairs are routinely pulled and pushed. Protect your floor or carpet from furniture marks by ensuring that your rug adequately and effectively covers the area under it. In your dining room, for example, make sure the rug under the dining table extends far enough to accommodate chair legs when they are pulled out. Rectangle rugs that are at least 2' wider than the table on all sides should achieve this. In your bedroom, a rectangular rug should typically go under the two front legs of your bed, at the very least. By the same token, in your living room, besides accommodating your coffee table at its center, your area rug should at least go under the front legs of your furniture so as to minimize marks on your carpet or floor.
Traffic: Your rug will likely see millions of footsteps over the years. Whether you're choosing a runner for your hallway, an area rug for the mudroom or one of our outdoor rugs for your patio, keep foot traffic in mind when choosing a rectangular area rug for a space. Observe the flow of foot traffic in your home for a few days before you determine how large or small your rectangle rug for that space should be.
Decorating style: Remember the exception to every rule? This is where your personal taste and style come in. Regardless of what convention dictates, your decorating style will often be the single most important deciding factor in choosing the right rectangular rugs. From an off-sided rug placement to an oversized rug in a midsize room, don't be afraid to explore. After all, our selection of rectangular rugs can help you pull off almost any look you want.