Rug Guides


    Determining the proper size for a rug is just as important as finding the right color and pattern. The size and shape of your rug can help determine and define furniture groupings as well as areas of use, such as conversation areas. Multiple rugs can link one room to another. Furniture can be centered on the rugs or positioned off the rug depending on the size of the room and the feeling you are after. Companion rugs can be of different patterns, but should share a similar color palette.


    Mohawk Coffee Table

    For medium sized rooms, area rugs are typically 5' x 8'. This size is great for smaller bedrooms, home offices, and in living rooms under the coffee table.

    Under the Coffee Table
    • Depending upon the size of your coffee table and accompanying furniture, choose a rug that accommodates all 4 legs of the table.
    • Area rugs should approximate the same length and width of the furniture within the space.
    • You can either leave some space between the furniture and area rug or place the front legs of the furniture on the rug with furniture coasters under the back legs adjusting for height.


    Mohawk Dining Room

    Large rooms typically require an 8' x 10 or larger area rug. This size of rug is great for living rooms, great rooms, dining rooms, and master bedrooms. Instead of arranging the furniture and rug in a traditional alignment, a new twist might be to angle the rug underneath; or angle the bed/sofa/dining table and rug to match.

    Dining Rooms

    • An 8' wide rug can accommodate most dining tables, but add at least 4' to the length and width of your table measurements to be sure.
    • Rugs should extend beyond the chairs in the pulled out position.

    Living Rooms / Great Rooms

    • Balance the area you are trying to define by leaving an equal amount of rug around the furniture grouping.
    • An equal amount of exposed flooring around your rug can also give balance to your room.


    Mohawk Queen Bed
    • In bedrooms, one large rug is luxurious, but the bed will cover most of it. Smaller equal-sized rugs used around the bed are another option. The soft comfort of a rug is most appreciated when stepping in and out of bed.
  • What's The Difference Between Accent, Area, And Runner Rugs?

    *Area rugs are designed to cover most of the flooring in a single room in the home. They are often placed on top of hard flooring, although they can be used on carpeting. Such rugs are not wall-to-wall, but can cover 9 x 12 feet or even larger. They can either be used as a design focal point in a room or to make a room look cozy and comfortable.

    *Accent rugs are smaller than area rugs, generally between 2 x 3 feet to 2 x 5 feet, and live up to their name. They are used to decorate or define special areas of the home as well as to protect other flooring surfaces — such as when they are used in entryways.

    *Runner rugs are long and narrow and used to direct traffic through areas such as hallways and secured on stairs. They range in precut sizes from 2 x 5 feet to10 feet long.

    Is It Possible To Find A Rug To Match Your Decorating Scheme?

    A dizzying array of rug designs and colors are available, allowing you to not only match but enhance your decorating scheme. Common rug styles include:


    A rug style consisting of clean lines and bright, colorful, bold shapes, including geometrics. Contemporary rugs are suitable for modern styled decor.


    This rug style includes rich, classical styles like Persian and Oriental. Persian rugs are recognized for medallion designs with a framed elaborate border, while Oriental rugs feature ornate or floral patterns. This style of rug can have a fringed edge and is seen in living rooms or sitting areas.


    A versatile rug style that works in just about any decor as it combines elements from traditional and contemporary designs. Transitional rugs come in a wide range of colors, shapes and patterns.


    This category consists of rugs featuring a variety of free-form designs, such as lines and asymmetrical patterns and light colors. They work well with an informal home style. This group could also include shags.

    What Size Rug Should You Buy?

    The location in which you will place the rug determines its size. Measure the intended space before buying a rug. Area rugs generally create the most impact when they are not consuming the entire location. For instance, as a focal point in front of a sofa or seating area. Area rugs being placed under furniture should generally be at least 1 foot smaller on all sides than the room in which they are located and 1 to 4 feet larger than the furniture under which they lay. For instance, a rug under a dining room table will need to provide enough space for pulling out chairs.

    Accent rugs should fit comfortably in the area in which you place them, such as in front of a doorway. Runners should be long enough to finish a particular pathway, such as a hallway.

  • How Do You Choose From The Large Variety Of Rug Materials?

    A wide variety of rug fibers exist, each with their own unique characteristics. Which material you choose will depend on your intended use for the rug and the potential wear and tear.

    Is the rug for a bathroom or bedroom? In that case, you'll want something soft on bare feet. Or maybe it's intended for a mudroom. Such a rug would need to be heavy duty and able to stand up to boots and mud.

    Also analyze foot traffic. Will the rug be in a highly traveled area such as an entryway or in a room that receives light use like a dining room?

    Rug Materials

    Rugs come in either natural or synthetic/man-made materials.







    Polymer like other synthetic fibers and has served as a substitute for wool since the 1950s. Similar in appearance and feel to wool.

    Takes color well. Generally hypoallergenic. Fast drying. Stands up to medium traffic.


    Natural or Synthetic

    Velvety, thick yarn-like material that produces a soft rug ideal for bathrooms and bedrooms.

    Offers a wide range of colors and styles, such as shag and braided. Many are reversible. Stands up to low to medium traffic.



    Strong, durable fiber from the cotton plant that is soft to the touch. Highly absorbent and can be dyed in a wide variety of rich colors. Sometimes combined with wool and used as a backing with other fibers like wool.

    Machine washable. Comes in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and patterns. Good for low to medium traffic areas such as bedrooms and bathrooms. Wears out faster than wool.



    Highly resilient, flexible material that is used to create a wide variety of textures and is available in many colors. Used indoors and outdoors.

    Resists wear and tear, staining and molding. Holds up to high traffic and can be used under heavy furniture. Retains color well and is easy to clean.



    A lightweight petroleum byproduct that is dyed to the desired color when in the liquid state. Used indoors and outdoors.

    Highly durable and stain resistant. Easy to clean. Color won't fade and experiences no shedding or pilling. Good for heavy traffic areas. Soft to the touch.



    Manmade product featuring a wide variety of colorations. Resembles wool in look and feel. Used for indoor and outdoor use.

    Fade, stain and mildew resistant. Soft to the touch. Resists pilling and fuzzing. Non-allergenic. Withstands heavy foot traffic, but not heavy furniture. Easy to clean.



    Made with wood pulp using chemical processes, this material is silky in appearance and touch. It breathes like cotton. Sometimes used in combination with other materials and in place of more expensive silk.

    Gives a luxurious look and feel to rugs. Soft to the touch. Takes moderate to high foot traffic. Susceptible to matting, unless blended with other material. Melts when exposed to open flame.



    Considered the highest quality natural rug fiber, with some well-made rugs lasting for generations. Produced from sheep fleece.

    Known for its long-lasting strength and durability, as well as its soft plushness. Also spill and fire resistant. Perfect for high traffic areas and can withstand heavy furniture. May shed or fade. Best cleaned with professional dry cleaning methods. Has a strong odor when wet.

    What Kind Of Craftsmanship Are You Looking For?

    How the rug is constructed affects its quality. Whereas rugs were once made by hand, most of today's rugs are created by machines. Whether made by hand or machine, the same rug techniques used over time are still used today. These techniques include the following:


    Is done by weavers, who tie individual knots that make up the rug. The more knots, the more durable the rug.


    Feature loops of yarn that are pulled through a rug’s backing by machine or hand and can create a cut or loop pile.

    *Hooked rugs:

    Are made by hand or machine and are similar to tufted rugs, but the yarn loops remain in the finished product.

    *Flat woven rugs:

    Don’t possess a pile and can be produced by machine or hand.

    *Braided rugs:

    Also don’t have a pile and are made by hand or machine. The yarns are braided into ropes and sewn together, resulting in a durable rug that is often reversible.

    With all rugs, the denser the rug, the longer it will last.

    Do You Need A Rug Pad Under Your Rug?

    Rug pads are necessary on rugs that don't contain nonskid backing. The pads not only keep rugs in place and prevent them from creating a potential hazard, they also help extend the life of the rug by providing cushioning and insulation. Rug pads also prevent moisture from leaking below to the floor and causing staining. Those made with memory foam create especially soft rugs.

    Rug gripper tape is also useful for keeping rugs in place.


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