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Asked by Bill

December 30, 2020 under Others

Should my couch go on my area rug?


Answered by Staff Writer

July 28, 2021

A rug is an important part of any space as it adds a sense of warmth and style to your interiors. When you get an area rug for your house, you need to think about every aspect of the room including the furniture, the free space, the size of the room, and so on. As rugs are quite expensive, you don't want to regret your decision by placing them incorrectly or picking the wrong size.

Here’s what you need to know when placing an area rug under your couch:

Type of couch:

When placing an area rug under the couch the first thing to consider is the kind of couch you have and the layout of the room. The seating arrangement of the room determines the shape and size of the area rug you need. For example, the area rug’s placement will depend on whether you have a classic combination of two-seater and three-seater sofa or a modular lounge.

  • Two sofas- If you have two sofas placed across each other, the area rug should be placed at an equal distance from both the sofas. It shouldn’t look like the rug is 10cm from one sofa and 20cm from another sofa. You need to aim for symmetry and it will not work if you pick the wrong sized rug.
  • Modular sofa- If you have a modular lounge the standard-sized area rug may not fit under the couch perfectly as it may fall short on either side. It would be better to get a custom rug of a big size so it can connect all the elements and make the area spacious.

Amount of space:

Small space- If you have a small living room with less space, place the area rug in front of the sofa, leaving a narrow belt of empty space in between. This will make the room look spacious and lighter. You can also place small side tables instead of a wide coffee table to show more of the rug.

Big open-plan space- In a spacious room, the area rug should be placed under the front legs of the sofa on one side and the front of the legs of the chairs on the other side. If you have enough space in the room, get a larger rug and place the sofa entirely on the rug.

How to decide the shape of the rug?

You can get either a round rug or a rectangular rug, as per your choice. If you are getting a rectangular rug, you will need to position the furniture on it perfectly to show symmetry. However, if you opt for a circular rug, the proportion would not matter as much.

How to decide the color and material of the rug?

When choosing the style and material of the rug, take into consideration the color of the walls and the sofa style. You can create any kind of atmosphere with your choice of rug. For example, a wool rug in a muted palette will add a sense of harmony and relaxation. A dark-colored rug with rich tones and texture will make the room appear moody and intimate. Another thing to keep in mind is the size of your furniture. If most of the rug is going to be covered by your sofa, don’t bother about getting an area rug with a beautiful pattern.

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