How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Room

There’s no denying the power of a perfect rug. This soft flooring solution has the ability to add colour, texture, and pattern to your home, and with winter on our doorstep, there’s no better time than now to start considering this cosy warmer. Here’s a round up of the need-to-know details when it comes to choosing the right one.

Sizing guide

Start by sizing up your space and determining the result you’re after. Are you looking to fill a whole space or define an area in a larger room? Once this is established, you can shop with confidence. Consider rugs at 250cm x 350cm on average for large rooms, 160cm x 230cm on average for small rooms, and generally 300cm x 80cm for hall runners.

Living room

For an expansive feel, choose a large rug that allows all furniture to sit atop. Alternatively, simply rest the front legs of your seating on the rug to unify and frame the space. And for a pop of colour or pattern, consider a smaller addition that floats in the centre of your living room. Choose a soft finish that’s cosy to relax with such as a shag or wool rug.

Dining room

Rugs will need to be large enough to accommodate a dining chair in its pulled out position. Generally you’ll need 30cm past the back leg of the chair to do this. A flat weave rug is a durable and easy-to-clean option for this space, and it’s the smoothest for sliding chairs.


Position a rug halfway or two thirds down your bed so it pops generously out either side. Alternatively, mix and match runners along the sides and/or foot of the bed for cosy underfoot comfort. This is especially luxurious in winter for those with floorboards who wish to avoid a cold surface when stepping out of bed to start the day. Consider sisal, lambskin, cut pile, or shag rugs for this room.

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The Simple Solution To Winter Bedroom Bliss

We’ve championed the idea of instant bedroom updates with fresh quilt covers and cushions in on-trend shades. But what about that all important winter warmth? What’s the go-to accessory when it comes to making an affordable decorative statement in the bedroom with the added benefit of inviting texture? A rug!

You’ll love the instant underfoot warmth a rug brings. Bedrooms with floorboards in particularly will benefit from this cosy comfort that eliminates cold winter surfaces. You’ll revel in a fresh injection of colour and texture to reinvent the space, and admire its a ability to seamlessly frame your room, tying furniture and decorative elements together for a complete look.

Sizing and style
‘The softer the better when it comes to bedroom rugs,’ says The Home rug buyer Emma Blomfield, who suggests opting for a thick pile rug for an indulgent touch. When it comes to size, you’ll want to work with 200 x 300cm and above for queen and king beds. Measure up your space for a clear understanding of what you’re after before you hit the computer to shop.

Position a rug halfway or two thirds down your bed so it pops generously out either side. Alternatively, mix and match runners along the sides and/or foot of the bed for a soft spot to land when you wake up. If you have a bench or seating area at the end of your bed, you’ll want to consider a larger rug to ensure these furniture items sit atop it, too.

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