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Rug buying guide

Buying Guide: How to Choose Your Ideal Floor Rug

I reckon a floor rug can be one of the most confusing pieces to buy for your home, with size and placement being two of the most common areas of concern.

To clear things up, I’ve brought in Temple & Webster’s Head of Styling, Jess Bellef, to present you with some tips that’ll banish your floor rug woes for good!

Hopefully you find these quick tips useful. Let me know if you have any additional questions in the comments below.

Buying Guide: How to Choose Your Ideal Floor Rug

Rug Buying Guide from Temple and Webster

First Things First: Measure the Space!

“Think about your space,” Jess says. “Are you using a rug to fill a whole room, to define the seating or dining area within a larger room or to add colour and texture to a bedroom or hallway?

Once you’ve decided, measure the space. Rug sizes are fairly standard, ranging from 120 x 180cm (4’ x 6’) right up to 270 x 330cm (9’ x 11’). Runners are generally 75-80cm (around 30”) wide”.

Living Spaces

“If you’re using a rug in a seating area, there are a few options.” Jess explains. “A large rug with all the furniture sitting on it will make your room feel more expansive.

If your rug (or your budget) doesn’t stretch that far, just put the front legs of your sofa and chairs on the rug to anchor the space.

A floating rug can also work as long as it’s in proportion to the furniture”.  Jess’ Top Tip: “A smaller rug will draw the space in and make it cosy, a larger choice will make the space seem bigger. Make sure your choice is the right scale for your space”.

Rug Buying Guide

Dining Rooms

“If you’re placing a rug under a dining table, it should be wide enough that the chairs are completely on the rug even when guests are sitting at the table. This usually means allowing an extra 60cm each side of the table”.

Jess’ Top Tip: “A rug is a great way to define the dining area in an open plan space, but choose something durable to allow for the inevitable spills!”.


“For a cohesive look, place a large rug under the bed remembering that only pattern or colour at the outer part of the rug will be visible.

If you prefer a more layered, eclectic look, use smaller rugs on either side and/or at the foot of the bed”.

Jess’ Top Tip: “Avoid boldly coloured or overly patterned rugs in the bedroom. This is a room of rest and relaxation, so keep the tones and patterns subdued and calm”.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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