a guide to custom
Undoubtedly, rugs are a wonderful way to transform your space. While a pattern or color might inspire you from minute one, you may be wondering how to choose just the right size. Essentially, the ideal rug size will enhance your furniture and optimize the space. This might sound like a simple outcome to produce, but it can often be confounding. Our expert-crafted rug size guide provides easy tips on how to choose a rug size for multiple spaces in your home.
Just the right Fit: Sizing Your Ernesta Rug
When in doubt, bigger is (usually) better. A common mistake is choosing a rug that's too small for your space. The goal is to use dimensions and proportions that are pleasing to the eye. Rugs that are too small make a space appear crowded; choose one that's too large and the rug could overwhelm furniture instead of enhancing it. The right size rug will help your space feel larger and more cohesive.
To decide on the right size rug for your room, we suggest you start by visualizing your future rug in the area. Generally we recommend you try to contain all or most of your furniture on the rug surface. Focus on the combination of the rug and your furniture rather than just the full room measurements. A well-sized rug will act as a foundational element, tying together separate elements in your space. When entertaining shape, Ernesta rugs are currently available in regular square or rectangle shapes only. Take this into consideration when visualizing your space and preparing to measure.
Rug Beneath All Furniture
Rug Beneath Front Legs of Furniture
With either of these options, you'll want your rug to be 6-8 inches wider than your sofa on both sides.
Rug Beneath Entire Bed Area
Rug Not Under Nightstands
Remember to keep rugs at least 6 inches away from the wall in either scenario, and out of the way of common pathways to bathrooms or other areas in the home.
Don't forget to account for an extendable table.
Hallways & Corridors
If you're dressing up a large outdoor area with different sections/nooks, multiple rugs can help define the space.
What to Consider When Sizing for Your Custom Rug
Functional items in the room may impact size choice. We suggest you note a few key details that might make a difference:
Will each door have enough space to swing over the rug without catching? If not, consider a slightly smaller rug, or a rug with a shorter pile height.
For safety, ensure your rug won't cover any grates in the floor. Leave at least 1 inch or so from grates as well as radiators.
Take into consideration common pathways in your home. Avoid allowing rug edges to become unintended tripping hazards.
To create a more breathable, uncluttered look, we recommend leaving space between the rug and the wall is key. Regardless of the room type, plan for at least 6 inches of space from rug edges and the walls.
How to Take Correct Measurements for a Custom-SIZED Rug
Before you select a rug size, measuring your space is an absolute must. The extra effort will be worth it, we promise. To begin measuring, gather together:
- Steel measuring tape
(plastic will work, but the steel kind will help with accuracy)
- Blue painter's tape
- Pencil & paper
- First, finalize your furniture placement.
- Measure and document the perimeter of your furniture as well as the room.
- Double check measurements. This is especially important when buying a custom-sized rug tailored just for you.
- Use the painter's tape to create a mock-up of the rug. By placing the tape where the rug will be, you'll be able to more accurately imagine the finished results from every angle.
- If you have any questions about your measurements or would like to seek additional guidance, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care team at email@example.com.