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Choosing the right size rug for your space

All sizes are needed in one way or another. From the small soft rug next to the bed to the large living room rug that ties the area of the sofa and coffee table all together. However, when buying a rug, it can be difficult to imagine how much space it will take up in the intended room. That’s why it’s important to first take some accurate measurements at home.

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Living room

  • When choosing the size of the rug, a good rule of thumb is that it should be longer than the sofa. It gives an airy impression and frames the space well.
  • In terms of width, it’s good if the rug extends under at least 1/3 of the sofa.
  • Keep in mind that two smaller rugs can function as a larger one if they are next to each other (if the rugs have a long pile, the edges will not be visible).
    A 3-seat sofa with a LOHALS 300x200 cm rug


    Isn’t it nice to be able to put your feet on something soft when getting up from the warm and snug bed?

    • A rug also adds a cosy feeling and dampens the sound level – so that you improve your sleeping environment and the chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
    • If you want a larger rug under the bed, it should extend about 50 cm from the outer edge of the bed.
    • If you choose a small rug next to the bed instead, an anti-slip underlay is extra important so that it stays firmly in place.
      A queen bed with a 300x200 cm STOENSE rug


      The rug is good at tying together and bordering off the dining area.

      • A flatwoven rug or a rug with a very low pile is best suited for this area. It makes it easier to pull out the chairs as well as to vacuum and clean.
      • When it comes to the size of the rug, it needs to be both longer and wider than what the dining table and chairs measure together when the chairs are pulled out.
      • So count on needing between 60 and 80 cm of rug on each side of the table. If the rug is too narrow, your chair risks getting stuck in the edge of the rug when you move it in.
      • Good tip: if you have small children, you can place one KOLON floor protector under the highchair that is easy to wipe dry.
        A 4-seat dining setting with a TIPHEDE 220x155 cm rug


        • Firstly, here you need a door mat. A durable mat just inside the entrance protects the floor and gathers most of the gravel and dirt brought in by shoes.
        • If there is space, you can also place a slightly larger hallway rug further in.
        • Keep in mind that it also needs to be hardwearing since the hallway is one of the areas in a home that is used most frequently.
        • Good tip: For increased safety, always use STOPP anti-slip underlay on the underside of rugs that are in areas with high traffic, like the hallway. 
          A hallway entry with a LOHALS 150x80 cm rug


          Even on a balcony and terrace, a rug can add a more personal and cosier feel. Especially if you have a hard and cold floor in stone or concrete.

          • Just remember to choose a rug that is made for outdoor use so that it can withstand rain, snow and sun.
          • Since outdoor rugs are extra hardwearing, they are also well-suited for certain indoor spaces – like under the dining area where the risks of wear and spills place extra demands on the rug.