Ways to Use Two Small Rugs Instead of One Big One

published Jan 22, 2016
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The Inevitable Law of Rug-Buying states that you will always need a bigger rug for your room than you can afford. Saving up for a big, lush rug is definitely the right thing to do in the long run. But in the meantime, you can get creative with what you have–especially if what you have is two or more smaller rugs that you thrifted (or maybe just bought when you didn’t know better). Here are three ways to make it work…

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Frame it Out

If you have small or narrow rugs, use them to define the edges of your seating area, like in the styled shot above from Bloomingdales, via Houzz.

(Image credit: Ariadna Bufi)

Side by Side

If your two rugs are the same size (and if the patterns and colors play well together), lay them down side by side so that the long edges are touching to make one big rug, as seen here in a New York City loft from designer David Howell of DHD Architecture & Interior Design.

(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

Overlapped Layers

Irregular shapes or different sizes can still be laid down together to cover a bigger space, like in this photo from Desire to Inspire, just overlap them a bit in a kind of “I just threw this here” way.