Helpful tips for picking a floor covering that fits your space.

No matter how you go about it, floor coverings are pricey and knowing what exactly you need can be difficult. We reached out to an expert to get insight on what to look for in a rug for each of your spaces.

Christin Terrell of Birmingham-based Kings House Rugs advises to look for high-quality rugs that last. “A well-made, wool flat weave, whether vintage or new, tends to be budget-friendly, practical for many spaces.”

2019 Idea House Living Room
Credit: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Liz Strong

Traditional decorating advice says to anchor rooms with rugs that fill the room except for a one to two-foot perimeter of bare floor. Luckily Terrell has caught up to the times of the open floor plan. Rugs are crucial to create separate spaces. Avoid cutting into the walkways between the living, dining, and kitchen. Treat rugs within an open floor space as a collection that works together rather than trying to match them.

Living Room Rug Placement
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The Living Room

While it’s best to fill as much of a larger room as possible (as pictured above), that can be cost prohibitive. Instead, think about your seating areas, and find several rugs that will anchor those. For added interest, float one small patterned rug atop a larger floor covering in sisal or seagrass.

Dining Room Rug Placement
Credit: Ellen Antworth

The Dining Room

Eating spaces typically offer the least flexibility for rugs, since the objective here is to have something that grounds the room and ties the table and chairs together. To find the best size for your set, measure your table and add 4 feet to both its length and width to accommodate pulled-out chairs. No one wants to fall off the rug when they're sitting at the table.

Bedroom Rug Placement Options
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The Bedroom

Bedrooms generally demand large square rugs underneath the bed while leaving room on the sides and at the foot so you can step onto something cushy in the morning. If that’s out of budget, however, consider going for a matching collection of smaller rugs or runners on each side of the bed.

For smaller spaces in your home, choose a rug that fits the space. Often times, the room will feel more open and offers a generous base layer to build on.