One Fool-Proof Way to Buy the Right Size Rug? Work Backwards

One Fool-Proof Way to Buy the Right Size Rug? Work Backwards

Taryn Williford
Aug 23, 2015

When buying an area rug, most people start with the rug measurements available in a store – maybe from a catalog, or online – and try to imagine how the given dimensions would fit in their space. Instead, the next time you need to buy a rug for your room, begin with your space. Read on and try this one backwards method for rug shopping, which takes just a roll of painters tape and 15 minutes of your time.

Once you have the furniture arranged how you like it, take a roll of painters tape and stick it to the floor, marking where you think, visually, the edges of your future rug should sit. The post below will help you figure out where those edges should go:

Once you've got the tape stuck, take a step back and visualize the imaginary rug you've created. If it all looks good, go ahead and measure that tape box. The idea is to find a rug as close as possible to those dimensions, the ones you created and laid out for yourself based on what looks good to you.

By working backwards, you're less likely to buy a too-small rug, which is the biggest problem most people face in this area. Because you already see how very "right" the properly-sized rug looks, you're not tempted to size down – even just a foot or two – to a cheaper option in order to save some cash. You've seen first-hand that a bigger rug is visually the best for your room.

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