Your guide to how to choose carpet sizes for different rooms of the house
The choice of home carpet sizes involves a mixture between decoration and engineering, as it should be chosen a size that combines consistency with the general appearance of the room, and between performing its function in covering the floor and providing a comfortable cushion for the feet. Fortunately, there are a number of tips and general rules that are followed to ensure that the process of choosing sizes is made Carpets are a lot easier than they look.
General advice when sizing rugs
Accurate measurement of carpet space is important when choosing the right carpet for any room in the house. Below we have collected a set of useful tips during the selection process:
Leave a visible margin of floor
If you are choosing a carpet to cover most of the floor area, make sure to leave a visible margin of the floor at least about 45 cm. This margin will create a contrast between the floor and the carpet, which gives elegance and attractiveness to the room’s appearance. If the room is small in size, you will need to reduce the margin to fit the small space. So just leave a margin of about 25 cm only.
Place the rugs in a way that reflects the room
Make sure that the size and direction of the carpets are commensurate with the area and shape of the room, this means that the large room needs large carpets and the long room needs a longitudinal direction for the carpets, in addition to the importance of placing the carpets in a way that suits the shape of the room, for example, place the rectangular carpets in the rectangular room so that The longest side is parallel to the longest wall. This symmetry leaves the overall appearance organized and streamlined.
Use tape to visualize the size
To make it easier for you to visualize exactly how the rug will look before you buy, use tape on the floor while measuring the area of the rug to simulate its dimensions on the floor. This method is the easiest possible way to make sure that the rug sizes are correct in every aspect and angle and that it will fit over the existing furniture without getting in the way. Any door or cabinet.
Bigger is always better
If you feel confused between two similar sizes of carpets, it is always better to choose the larger size. Large carpets leave the impression that the room appears larger, while very small carpets leave the impression of the opposite, and a few centimeters may really affect the appearance of the room becoming coherent or disjointed.
Not only that, but the larger rugs can be adjusted to make them smaller, while the smaller rugs cannot be adjusted to be larger. So every extra riyal you pay in larger rugs is a well-deserved investment.
First: How to choose the living room carpet sizes
The standard living room consists of a large sofa and two side chairs in addition to a table in the middle. There are many cases of how to place carpets in the living room, but we will refer to the most common rule and then deal with each case separately.
The most common rule requires that the carpet be at least 15 cm wider than the sofa on both sides, with the carpet placed so that it is symmetrical and not perpendicular to the sofa, meaning that its dimensions (length and width) are parallel to the dimensions of the sofa.
As for the other cases that carpets can occupy, and according to each case, the appropriate carpet sizes differ, and they are the following five cases:
A- All furniture legs are above the carpet
If the living room is large enough and you prefer the carpet to go under all the pieces of furniture such as the sofa, chairs, table, etc., make sure to choose the size of the carpet so that it is about 20 cm wider than the edges of the furniture.
At the same time, make sure that the carpet area is at least 25 cm less than the wall area, so that the carpet is not too close to the wall, so it looks like a wall-to-wall carpet. The only exception to this rule is if the sofa is leaning against the wall behind it, so the rug can move a little closer to the wall.
B - front legs only on the rug
In this case, only the front legs of the sofa and all the chairs are placed above the carpet, and this coordination suggests that the room is more spacious, as the back legs of the furniture hang outside the carpet and fill the floor. The important thing is that the carpet goes under each piece by about a third of the width of the piece. For example, if the chair is 60 cm wide, make sure that the rug goes down about 20 cm below it.
C- Very small carpets
Small carpets work well in the living room if they are placed on top of larger carpets, with the importance of carefully selecting the two pieces of carpet so that they look great together. The most common way to pair two rugs together, one on top of the other, is to choose a rug made of natural materials such as jute as a large base, and then place a smaller rug in a different color and material on top of the large rug (for example, a classic rug made of synthetic material such as polypropylene), make sure that the smaller rug is in The middle of the larger piece, so that the final look looks elegant and elegant.
D - floating carpets
For the carpet to float means to be alone on a smooth floor with a large space difference between it and the pieces of furniture. For the living room, this means that the size of the carpet should be small so that it enters under the table, but it does not come close to other pieces of furniture such as the sofa and chairs. It is an atypical idea, but to some it seems an ideal solution. In this case, make sure that the space between the sofa and the carpet does not exceed approximately 12 cm, so that the carpet does not appear too small.
E- bold carpets
If you do not prefer any of the previous cases and are looking for a bold pattern in the decoration, or if the room originally seemed irregular in terms of the straightness of the ceiling and the angles of the wall, then depart from the regular shapes of the carpets such as rectangle, square and circular, and choose an irregularly shaped carpet. There is no specific rule regarding the size of this rug, as it may go under some of the legs of the seats and not the rest of the legs, but the important thing is that the rug itself is suitable for the sofa.
Second: How to choose bedroom carpet sizes
The bedroom is the comfort room. It may not receive much attention in choosing its carpet if compared to the living room, for example, in which the feet of guests tread. However, it is desirable that there be a long carpet along the bed that acts as a comfortable and soft cover for the floor when getting out of bed.
The bed, being the central component of the room, greatly affects the sizes of the bedroom carpets, and the small size of the bed compared to the carpets will give the illusion of room space, which is an important consideration that should not be neglected. In light of the different sizes of bedroom beds, we will refer to how to choose the size of the bedroom carpet according to the size of each bed:
Regular double bed
It is the most common type of bed. The carpet should lie horizontally under it, with its edges extending around the bed for a wide distance, especially the end of the bed, as this size looks beautiful and practical at the same time. Be generous enough and choose a rug size that provides as much visibility as possible at the end of the bed. Experts recommend a size of 230 x 160 for this type of bed.
If the bedroom contains two beds, each of which can accommodate one person, i.e. a single bed, then according to the distance between the two beds, the size of the room carpet should be large enough to cover the space between and below the two beds, while leaving enough external space to appear from the edges and provide a soft landing from the two beds. Large carpets solve a common challenge in this type of room, as the presence of each bed alone creates a disjointed look for the room, so the carpets create a bond between them and give the room a cohesive look again.
This type of bed is called the “queen bed” as it comes in dimensions slightly larger than the regular double bed. However, it similarly needs a piece of carpet that is larger than the bed enough to make the room look spacious, so the suitable carpet size starts from about 330 x 240 cm. The larger the size of the carpet you choose, the stronger the impression of the spaciousness of the room becomes.
Extra large double bed
It is the largest size of the double beds, so it is called the "king bed". This type needs carpets that are larger than the previous ones in order for the room's appearance to look consistent. Choose a large carpet measuring 300 x 400 cm so that there is enough space visible from it on both sides and in the end of the bed.
Third: dining room carpet sizes
The dining room is not the most crowded room, but it is a room that has its privacy in the warmth of gathering around the table with family members and during banquets and invitations of family and friends. Dining room furniture includes a dining table in the middle along with a group of chairs in addition to a storage table (buffet).
Some of them consist of two chairs, others of 4 chairs, 6 chairs and 8 chairs, and the largest type of all is 10 chairs in addition to the table.
The size of the dining room rugs mainly depends on the dining table and chairs as they together form the center of the room. A rule of thumb for dining room rug size is for the rug to be at least 60 cm wider than the table on all four sides, with the rug placed directly under the table and in the center to balance the overall look of the room.
The goal of this increase in the size of the rug from the table is for all chairs to rest with their front and back legs together on the rug, with enough space to move the chairs out and at the same time to remain on the rug straight without tilting.
According to this rule, measure the dimensions of the table and add 60 cm on all sides to find the right size rug. As for the distance between it and the wall, make sure that there is a space of about 45 cm between the outer edges of the carpet and the walls on all sides.
There is another dimension in the issue of choosing the appropriate carpet size for the dining room, which is the shape of the carpet, whether it is rectangular or circular. Experts recommend that the carpet take the shape of the dining table for a better appearance. If the table is rectangular, we choose a rectangular carpet for it, and if the table is round, then we choose a carpet for it . Circular, and it should be noted that the size of the circular carpet does not depend on the length and width like rectangular carpets, but is measured based on the diameter of the carpet circle.
To simplify the carpet sizing rules, it can be said that as long as the furniture rests comfortably on top of it, there is enough margin around it for the floor to breathe, and the carpet reflects the shape of the furniture in the room, you have chosen the best possible size for your space.