How To Buy A Rug

While our expert staff can guide you through the rug-buying process, here are a few things to consider:


Proper Size

Living Room

- Allow about 1-2 feet minimum of exposed floor around all sides. If possible center the rug on the main focal point in the room, like a fireplace, entertainment system or window. If the rug has a medallion you will need to take it in to account when placing your furniture. For larger rooms, more than one rug is acceptable because you may desire multiple conversation areas.


Dining Room


- Add 4-5 feet to the width and length of the table dimensions to allow for chairs moving in and out (true with round tables also).  This is more important for your guest on the sides than at the ends. In most cases this means an 8 x 10 rug.  In older homes, you may need to bend this rule as the dining rooms tend to be smaller.  In general many people prefer an all over patterned rug to one with a medallion.


- There are basically two ways to use rugs in a bedroom, one is to purchase a large rug that covers most of the floor, the other is to use rugs around the bed and in sitting/dressing areas.  We often recommend the latter approach because it has many cost and decorating advantages.  Smaller rugs are easier to move to different areas of the room or the house, so you can create a fresh look in minutes.  Also, since many bedrooms are carpeted the rugs do not need to provide warmth, they are there to add color and interest much like a painting on the wall.



- "You never get a second chance to make a first impression."  Sure, it's a cliche, but it's true.  Your entrance into your home visually communicates who you are.  The common mistake most people make is to purchase a cheap rug for this high traffic area, it's like someone who does a lot of cooking buying cheap cookware.  Invest in quality for high traffic areas; it will cost you less in the long run!

Many people use rounds rugs with center medallions in their foyer because they are very dramatic.  If the rug has a medallion, remember it should be centered on your door and chandelier if it can't be centered go with a less prominent motif.  When placing a rectangle rug in your foyer we recommend that it be perpendicular to the door so that you are walking across the width of the rug as you enter.


- Runners are commonly 27"-32" wide and available in lengths of 8, 10 and 12 feet.  Runners should be 4"-6" narrower on each side than the actual width of the hall, and when deciding on the length be sure that it won't end in the middle of a doorway or extend into the next room.  Trust your own eye in judging the length; every hall has a natural termination point.  Longer and wider runners are available, although they can be harder to find in hand knotted rugs.  On the other hand, we can make almost any size you need with a little time.  In many cases if you have an unusual size hallway it is faster to have something made for you just the way you want it than to hunt around for months trying to find the right size and style.  Power loomed (roll) runners can be ordered in any length and be made quickly into a hall runner.  Hand made runners will take longer, but it's worth the wait to get just the right one.

Stairs (curved or circular)

- If your stairs are anything but straight we will need to come to your home and measure for a proper fit.

Stairs (straight)

- For standard stairs allow approximately 18"-20" of runner for each step.  It is best if you measure your stairs exactly then add an extra riser, and finally a 10% overage.  Some larger scale patterns will require more overage because they need to be shifted for the pattern to line up properly.