MEASURE YOUR SPACE
It might sound a bit obvious, but before you start measuring, make sure your space is set out how you’ll want it when your rug moves in. Also think about the movement of chairs and give yourself some extra rug room to accommodate and then measure the length and width.
THINK ABOUT YOUR FURNITURE
Other than feeling lovely underfoot, your rug’s job is to tie furniture together into living ‘zones’ and make a path for foot traffic. The way you do this depends on whether the furniture in the area you want to add a rug to is against or away from walls.
FURNITURE THAT ‘FLOATS’?
If you’re looking for a rug for under a dining table that’s set in the middle of a room, make sure you choose one that’s large enough for all the furniture including chairs to fit comfortably on top (even when they’re pulled out for dining). If it’s going to live in your sitting area, it’s okay just to have the front legs of your sofa on top – it won’t affect the balance of the seating.