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How to Choose an Area Rug

How to Choose the Best Area Rug for Your Space

With all of the sizes, styles, and materials to choose from, bringing a new rug home can feel a little intimidating. We are here to help you find the perfect rug to complement and enhance the style of your space. Follow along for a quick how-to guide covering the basics of rug shopping!

How are you incorporating pattern and color into your space? If your furniture is clean-lined or neutral, a vibrant rug can bring this space to life and work as a stunning statement piece. If the room is already filled with bold colors and patterns, go for neutral tones or subtle patterns to balance things out.

Consider the functionality of the space. Is it a high-traffic area like an entryway or hallway? Is this an area where spills or stains are likely to occur? Here are a few quick tips for you!

Flatweave or low pile rugs are a great option for high-traffic areas because they are less likely to snag or show wear and tear. Wool is one of the most commonly used materials for its softness and durability. For resilient, easy-to-clean rugs, keep an eye out for polyester or polypropylene too. 

If you're not sure what the best material is for your home, just ask! We are always happy to answer any questions and help you find that perfect fit.

Living Room Area Rug Wool
Layering Rugs
This design trend is here to stay and it's easy to see why! Layering rugs is a fantastic way to style large spaces and add subtle contrast. You can't go wrong with a jute or sisal rug as a neutral base. For example, a jute rug in a natural tan or cream makes an excellent base for a cowhide or vibrant vintage rug. Don't be afraid to play with texture, mixing and matching materials and thickness. 


Make sure to measure the space before you start shopping. When in doubt, go big! An undersized rug will make the room feel smaller. Next time you're at Trove, ask us about rug sizes! Many of the rugs you see on the floor can be special-ordered in the perfect size for your space.

Living Room Area Rug Sizing

8' x 10' or 9' x 12' is the standard size for most living rooms, but a 5' x 8' is recommended for smaller spaces or apartment living. We like to float the front two legs of sofas and chairs on the rug. With larger sizes, you can place the entire piece on the rug. 

Dining Room Area Rug Sizing

Rectangular 8' x 10' and 9' x 12' rugs are popular choices for dining spaces seating 6-8 people. Rugs are typically centered beneath the table and you want to leave a little room to pull dining chairs out. If your dining table extends, don't forget to take that into account when measuring!

Bedroom Area Rug Sizing

If your bedroom is on the small side, you can use a large area rug to make the room feel bigger. Rest the entire bed frame on the rug or just the lower two thirds, we love both styles!

Rug Pad
There’s one last step! Don’t forget to buy a rug pad. We always recommend this because it will protect the floor, extend the life of the rug, and prevent sliding or wrinkling. 

We hope this guide helps you choose the best rug for your space, but if you're still feeling stuck just stop in to chat with us! Our team at Trove is here to answer any questions and help you bring home the perfect rug.

Happy rug shopping!



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