How to Measure for a Living Room Rug

We all need some fun and color in our homes—especially right now. John and I believe that your home should put a smile on your face the minute you walk in the door, and rugs can truly deliver on that mandate. With that said, John and I are thrilled to have recently launched the Madcap Cottage for Momeni rug collection, a whimsical assortment that will work wonderfully in any space—from your kitchen and bathroom to living room, dining room, bedroom, foyer, hallways, and patio. Be sure to check out the Madcap Cottage range, including indoor-outdoor, wool, scatter rugs, runners, and more. Folks always ask me and John how to measure for a rug. And that’s a great question.
So this week, let’s talk about measuring for rugs in the living room.

1. All Legs on the Rug

Living Room Rug

If you are looking for a larger rug, a good rule of thumb is to make sure that the rug in question runs under all of the accompanying living room furnishings—the sofa, side tables, cocktail table or ottoman, and chairs. At the very least, have the rug extend 6” behind the sofa. This layout is perfect for a living room where the sofa “floats” in the room and is not placed against a wall—the rug will help “anchor” the space.

2. Front Legs on the Rug

Living Room Rug


This layout is perfect for a living room where the sofa is placed against a wall. The front legs of the sofa and chairs should sit on the rug—the back legs will sit off the rug.

3. Cocktail Table on the Rug Only


An inexpensive way to bring a rug into a living room is to create a space where only the cocktail table sits on the rug. To get the proportions right, base the rug size on the interior dimensions of
your seating area—and not just the coffee table—so it fills the negative space created by your furniture grouping.

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