Appropriate Area Rug Size

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The size of the rug should relate to the grouping of nearby furniture. Learn about appropriate area rug size with help from an interior design professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Faith Sheridan, Faith Sheridan Design Group in Seattle, Washington. I’m in the Seattle Design Center at the Duralee showroom. I’m going to talk about area rug size, and my never-do-this rule of thumb with area rugs. First, the size of the rug should relate to the furniture grouping. So, keep in mind if your sofa is 72 inches or 84 inches that you find a rug that fits the size of your largest piece of furniture – generally your sofa or sectional. But, the rule I really want you to remember is that the furniture needs to be on the rug. In a perfect situation, all the furniture would be on the area rug, but if it isn’t possible in your space, the next very important thing for you to do is to place the front legs of your furniture on the rug. Approximately six inches of those legs should be forward on the rug. When you do this, something magical happens inside that space. Now, you have a conversational grouping. Everybody feels together. The furniture feels like it goes with the grouping, and the people that are occupying your furniture feel the same way. I’m Faith Sheridan. I’ve enjoyed telling you about choosing an area rug for size, and keeping my rule about where the legs go in your mind.

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