It’s time to pull out your measuring tape and finally buy that perfect rug for your home. I am going to show you a more precise way to be sure you get the rugs you need. Many times we start our quest by impulse. We see a rug that we really like, the colors look like they would be perfect and here it is on sale. This is the time to buy it! Yet, unfortunately, we just unknowingly put the proverbial ‘cart before the horse’. When we buy on impulse and get the rug home, it doesn’t fit and we now have an attitude of ‘we can make it work’. Making it work doesn’t necessary mean it will end up looking good.
The number one mistake people make is buying rugs that are too small and it makes the whole room look awkward by having a small carpet ‘floating’ in the center like a sad little island. So first we measure.
Now it’s time to pull out the Blue Painter’s Tape. Yes, it’s that stuff you find in the paint section of your local home center and simply called painter’s tape. I use painter’s tape because it’s just sticky enough to stay in one place and leaves no residue on your carpet, tile or wood floors by the time you’re finished. And you’ll see it gives you a more accurate idea of size than just pulling out your measuring tape. If it is possible, I suggest removing the furniture from the area as well.
I like to start with a basic rug size of 8×10. An 8×10 measurement is a good place to start to see whether you need to go up or down in size. The rug will need to be large enough to lend a presence to the room architecturally.
You can see how nicely the painter’s tape holds on the wood surface and it really shows exactly where the rug will be. Using tape will also show any possible problems like the corners of the rug curling up against the walls or covering any heating grates. There are taped lines (around the hope chest in the picture) that indicates a large love seat that is not shown just to make sure the rug was large enough to add end tables as well. In this instance the finished rug measured out to be approximately 7.5×12. Always make sure that any large upholstered pieces of furniture like a love seat or couch have at least the front legs on the rug.
Once had the perfect fit has been determined, now you are ready to shop. The right area rug will make the most of your room’s architectural features, give definition to the area and add additional warmth and color. So I advise you to take the time to measure for a perfect area rug before heading out to the store in Lebanon, TN.