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Antiquities ANT08 Bordered Persian Ivory Area Rug

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How to Choose the Right Rug

The living room is home to all the creature comforts: chairs, sofas, tables, and of course a beautiful rug. Choose an extra large area rug to cover the entire floor space, or smaller area rugs your furniture will partially cover. Choose the biggest piece of furniture and place your rug parallel to it.

First things first: make sure your rug is bigger than your dining room table. You'll want a couple feet extending from the edge of the table, so something that's at least eight feet wide.

Finding the right bedroom rug is both an art and a science. Start by making sure it's parallel to your bed's headboard. For 5x8 rugs, the rule of thumb is to place them about halfway under the bed; bigger rugs can go about 3/4 of the way.

Choose a rug that accommodates the sink and provides enough space for you to comfortably stand in front of it. Or opt for a smaller rug that fits between the toilet and the sink or a longer runner rug along the side of the toilet. If your bathroom floor tends to get wet, consider choosing a rug with a non-slip backing to enhance safety.

Kitchen rugs can be exposed to spills, stains, and heavy foot traffic. Choose a rug made from durable, easy-to-clean materials that can withstand the demands of the kitchen environment. Remember to place a rug-pad underneath to prevent accidents.

Think about the primary function of the entryway. Is it mainly a transition area, or do you have seating, a console table, or other furniture in the space? The rug should accommodate these elements without feeling overcrowded.