Natural Area Rug Guide


Here’s all the information you need about rugs. We will discuss all the materials, sizes and other aspects of natural area rugs. We will discuss specific rugs needed for various spots at home and traffic areas.

Choose the right rug to bring the room together. So, how do you pick the perfect ones for your home? To do that, you must understand a few key concepts.

Room based guidelines to picking suitable rugs

  • Living room: As a rule of thumb, measure the seating area. It’s the best way to arrive at the closest perfect size. The idea is to get all the furniture legs on the rug. Nevertheless, you can make smaller budget friendly rugs work through smart placement.

For instance, you can make exceptions allowing just the front legs to sit on the rug. Even more so, you can try no legs on the rug. The largest possible size is going for a rug, that’s two feet from the walls on all sides. Another creative way to get around it is using multiple rugs, of varying sizes.

  • Dining room: The rug should extend at least two feet beyond the size of the table on all sides. The chairs should comfortably fit inside the rug, even when pulled out. Lack of size of the rug can cause serious discomfort in the dining room. Such rugs force diners to catch on edge of the rugs when pulling the chairs in or out.
  • Kitchen: Rugs are most helpful on where you stand the most. Usually, it would be in front of the sink or stove. Regardless of the style you choose, distance it at least 6” from the cabinets. Optionally, you can use the rug pad to prevent slippage. Use patterns that don’t give a claustrophobic feel in small to medium sized kitchens.
  • Bedroom: Beneath your bed use a rug that extends 2 feet on both sides, unless it’s against a wall. Needless to say, most part of the rug hides under a bed. Alternatively, runners on each side of bed add to the aesthetics of the space. Above all, walking up to comfortable softness should be your top priority.
  • Entrance & passageways:Rugs at entrance areas gives the first impression. Using rugs wider than the door is the way to go. Runners are tailor made solutions in the case of passageways. Ensure there is at least 6” of floor space on both sides. Measure areas with a bed sheet before purchasing rugs.

Choosing rugs based on material

Synthetic v natural is the first debate you come across while addressing materials. Natural fibers indeed look and feel amazing. But, they are more susceptible to staining and fading. Synthetics are budget friendly, plus they resist staining and fading quite well. Regardless, use dry, lint free cloth to blot the stains. Vacuum clean the dust and dirt regularly.

You must factor in foot traffic while buying a rug. Low pile such as sea grass rugs and sisal rugs are better suited for high traffic areas. High pile rugs such as wool rugs and contemporary rugs are soft. Consider using them in sitting areas as well as bedroom. Finally, consider using jute or wool sisal rugs for moderate traffic areas like kitchen or home offices.


Compliment the design of your curtains, furniture and other interior décor. For instance, use a subtle rug to balance furniture with bold design. On a side not, detailed patterns help hide stains. Additionally, be bold to use shapes other than a rectangle. Round rugs are just perfect for patios, entrances and passageways. A bit of refreshing designs go a long way in adding up to the ambience.