Area Rug

Choosing the best shape of rug for your space is a tricky part. Maybe you want a round rug, but your space might be the sort where round rugs might not look good there. So to make things simpler, we have come up with a few ways on how you could choose the best rug shape for your space. 

Finalizing a rug shape for our space is a serious business! Choosing the wrong shape and size for space can make it look awkward or cause impractical annoyances. We've found that many people asking for advice about rugs are concerned about two main things: rug shape and size.

Since we have already briefed you about the best places to buy rugs, you are good to go on and make a reasonable choice! Can a circular rug work in a living room? You may wonder, how do you pick a shape for a sectional, a foyer, a bathroom? 

There are no set "rules" when it comes to choosing the best rug shape and size for your space. Exercise your creative freedom, but check out our tips to reduce the work! Here are many exercise mats that will offer comfort and support for your body during intense workouts, as well as restorative yoga.

We've complied case-by-case examples of rugs working in different spaces for you to reference, from the foyer to bathrooms to dining rooms, but of course, you should design your rooms to fit your taste!

 Ivory Ziegler Area RugShop Ivory Ziegler Area Rug

General Rug Shape

Your area rug's shape affects the overall aesthetics of the room! Yes! You heard that right. A round rug can make your area look more spacious, whereas a runner rug will make it look more expanded. Below are the general rug shapes with their best use and characteristics.

Round

  • Whimsical, playful, cozy, and soft
  • Use in a small space to make it feel larger
  • Pair with similar shapes (furniture, chandelier)
  • Offset rectangles
  • Use round area rugs in a circular room
  • Generally, don't use in larger spaces
At RugKnots we have the best round rugs, if you don't believe us have a look below at this stunning black Ziegler area rug. It is one of our best buys of 2020, and it is going strong in 2021 too. If you don;t wnat to miss your chance on buying this beauty then hit us up. 

    Square

    • Use square area rugs in a square room
    • Pair with square-shaped tables
    • Pair two or more square rugs
    • Use square outdoor rugs in best outdoor spaces
    With over 2000 square rugs, at RugKnots we have made sure that our customers get the best quality rugs in the whole United States. Check out this regal red ziegler area rug. 

      Rectangle

      • Traditional
      • Good for large spaces (living rooms, seating areas, office)
      • Great for when you need something long and thin, like a hallway runner or a kitchen rug
      We know, we know. You might be shocked with how many options you can choose from. Well we know how difficult it is to find a good shape rug for a space. For instance, this rectangle rug looks stunning, have a look at it before we run out of stock. 

        Asymmetrical

        • Modern and inventive
        • Good for adding style and unique look to your space
        • A flower-shaped rug can be a great addition to kids’ playroom/nursey
        We love the geometrical collection of rugs at RugKnots, they have some really eye catching pieces. Like this one below. 

           

          Arrange your seating area before you measure for your rug. By doing this, you can figure out the exact size you need, and size up from there!  

          10 Case-by-Case Examples

          Not every space can be the best fit for different shapes of rugs. To make it easier for you, we have made a list of some examples of which rug shape will best fit which area of your space.

          1. Bay Window/Breakfast Nook

          Bay windows are so beautiful but are you wondering how to design your home around them? Many people choose to use their beautiful bay window as a breakfast nook. Bay windows let in a wonderful amount of light, and eating your toast and sipping your coffee in the sun is the perfect way to wake you up and start your day! But, how to you choose a rug for a bay window? The bay window's geometric shape creates the perfect amount of space for a little round table.

          Grey Geometric Area RugShop Grey Geometric Area Rug

          Even though a bay window has geometric angles, the trapezoidal shape is "circular" in nature. Since a circular table works best with a bay window, we suggest pairing it with a circular rug! Be careful, though! Circular rugs for dining areas are tricky because it's easy to choose one that's too small. Measure the diameter of your circular table and add at least 30 inches to determine the diameter your rug should be. The trick is to make sure that when you back up your chair to stand up, your chair doesn't fall off your rug. Without the window seat, a table like this could be paired with a few chairs and a round rug!

          2. Sectional Sofa Seating Area

          It's generally accepted that the best way to accent a sectional sofa or a large living room seating area is with a large, rectangular area rug. The trick with these seating areas are to make sure that at least the front legs of each piece of furniture is able to sit on the rug. Choose a large rectangular rug because a rug that is too small can make the room feel awkward and disjointed. We really love the style of the room above, but the two smaller rectangular rugs make it feel like there are several weird seating areas. The chair, side tables, sofa, and coffee table should feel like one unified space, but the rugs make the room feel separate and cold. If you're going to get a rug that's too small for your space, it might be better not to get one at all.

          Ivory Ziegler Area RugShop Ivory Ziegler Area Rug

          Even if a rectangular rug is a traditional choice, you can always shake things up with a circular rug. There are a few different ways to go about this. If you have a large seating area in a nice open space, go big or go home! It works so well because all the furniture is arranged on top of it and it plays on the shape of the side table and ottoman. A smaller round rug works with a sectional if your space is smaller. Somehow, the soft curves of the round rugs make a small space feel bigger. Another idea for a small space is sticking a small round rug in the corner of a sectional to add a pop of color and interest.

          3. The Foyer

          An open entryway or foyer has endless rug options. Large rectangular rugs and circular rugs both look gorgeous, depending on the size of the foyer and any accessories. Rectangular rugs create a classic look and make your foyer feel larger and longer! They can open up a thin entryway and add some brightness. The thin, long area rugs above and below add texture to the floor and depth to the entryway. We love how these rugs geometric patterns match the chandelier hanging above it - tribal designs always pair nicely with geometric patterns! We prefer placing rectangular rugs in foyers so they "lead" you and your guests into your home. If your foyer is long, it's best not to place your rug horizontally to avoid making your foyer feel short and enclosed instead of welcoming.

          Black Ziegler Area RugShop Black Ziegler Area Rug

          At RugKnots, we personally love a round rug in foyers to help define a vignette in an entryway or in an open foyer space. When paired with a circular table, the rug in the space below makes the foyer feel even bigger. Paired with the winding staircase, the rounded chandelier above, and the curved doorway, the round rug is a great way to accent the neutral floor. Rectangle or circle, make sure to take your whole entryway into account. The rug you choose for your foyer can go either way! If you're working with a more open space, we suggest a large round rug. If your space is more narrow and skinny, a thin rectangle rug or runner rug will look wonderful! Just make sure to pair your rug choice with accents that match!

           

          4. Two seating areas

          Circle rugs are the best for such spaces, in my opinion! If you have a large living room, sometimes it makes sense to create two separate seating areas in order to break up space and make it feel more open and completely used. The biggest question that comes with having multiple seating areas is what kind of rug can I use? Can I mix and match shapes? Or, should I just stick with the same shape? Or, should I just use one ginormous rug? Choosing two area rugs of the same shape or two of the same area rugs entirely can indeed help you create a cohesive space.

          Grey Ikat Area RugShop Grey Ikat Area Rug

          If you have two seating areas of different sizes, why not put a large rectangular rug under the large one and a round rug under the smaller one? If you want your seating areas to feel like separate entities, going eclectic is a fun way to do so! On the other end, if you want the two seating areas to still feel somewhat unified, you could go with two different rectangular rugs!

           

          5. Dining Room

          The dining room is one of the areas rug buyers have the most trouble with. Many people wonder what shape and size to pair with certain tables, and we are here to help! First, the best kind of rugs for the dining room are flat weave or very low pile, like this Kilim Dhurrie rug. Flat weave area rugs are the best for dining rooms because they're the easiest to move chairs on. If a rug has a higher pile, your chairs will snag the rug and eventually ruin it.  The most basic rule for pairing a rug with a dining room table is to pair it with a rug of the same shape:

          Beige Gabbeh Area RugShop Beige Gabbeh Area Rug

          The biggest thing to remember is the size of a dining room rug is the most important factor! If your rug is too small, use the 8x8 square area rugs your chairs will slide off the edge of the rug when you move your chair back. See how in the photo above there is plenty of space to sit back and relax? Trust us, tripping up on a rug will get very old, very fast. But what if you want to switch it up? If you want to pair opposite shapes together, you definitely can. Pair a circular rug with a rectangular table or pair a rectangular rug with a circular table. It all depends on sizing the rug correctly to create a cohesive flow with accessories and the lines of your furniture.

          6. Bathroom

          The typical bath mat is a small rectangle, but let's liven things up a bit with some color! If you've got a huge bathroom, you can add some awesome detail with a larger rug, like this oriental. Here is a similar Rug Knots favorite that would go perfectly in a bathroom because of its soft blues. If you're really loving circular rugs, a unique place to add one to your home is to a bathroom! Add a little whimsical or a bohemian flair by choosing the round bathroom rugs for your bathroom! We love how soft and fun these shag rugs make bathrooms.

          Ivory Caucasian Area RugShop Ivory Caucasian Area Rug

          7. Kitchen

          Rectangular rugs can be a good choice for a kitchen. We have usually seen kitchens of this vary shape. Choosing the same profile will give the well-balancing and harmonized façade. Here one tip can help if you have a pretty small kitchen. Selecting a small - probably a round rug - with bold patterns and abstract designs can make your space look larger. If your kitchen isn’t very big, you can choose the L-shaped kitchen rug too. It will only go along any of the two walls you want to cover. It let you enjoy the benefit of floor covering without overemphasizing it. However, if you have ample space between as an island, nothing can work better than a runner rug. It will give you a comfort underfoot to perform hectic routine chores. You can even place a runner beneath the kitchen table. 

          Brown Kazak Area RugShop Brown Kazak Area Rug

          8. Kid's Room/Nursery

          Circular rugs are a favorite for kid's rooms and nurseries! Their playful, whimsical nature makes children's rooms a perfect place to put circular rugs. There is a quirky, fun vibe that only circular rugs can bring and quirkiness is so great in a space dedicated to your little ones. That's not to say that rectangular rugs don't look great in kid's rooms too, though. 

          Multi-Color Kids Area Rug Shop Multi Colored Kids Area Rug

          9. Bedroom

          You can never run short of styling ideas when it comes to your bedroom. It’s your territory - you can design it as per your taste. As we have already mentioned, here are a few ideas to make things simpler. If you want to cover your bed and end tables, or just the bed area, Rectangular or square-shaped rugs are a good choice. However, the round or oval-shaped rug can also give an appealing affects if placed under the furniture. The runner rugs can do well here if positioned at both sides of the bed. It will give the charm of having a rug without covering the underside of the bed. As there are no hard and fast rules, you can also put odd shaped rugs in your room. How about layering an irregularly shaped rug over the regular one? Art lovers understand how geometrically shaped rugs can influence the room appearance while balancing the whole emergence. Some people have a home office too somewhere at the corner of their bedroom. For this corner, you should choose some regular shapes like square or rectangular. However, the size should be large enough to cover the entire chair and desk. So, you can create a warm and cozy space to work at ease.

          If you want a red rug for your bedroom, trust us we have hundreds of red rugs, in different shades, styles and shapes. Feel free to have a look. 

          https://www.rugknots.com/products/red-bokhara-area-rug-ar898Shop Red Bokhara Area Rug

          10. Little Corner Nook

          We also love the look of rugs in little corner nooks. These small seating areas are a fun way to add some practical design to your home. Our personal favorite rug for a nook is a circular rug. This bright blue rug goes so well with the otherwise white room. The color plays off the chair and the table legs perfectly. Nooks are already fun, but adding a circular rug just adds to the excitement! We were thinking of all the possible troubles one could have when choosing a rug and the issue of extending tables came to mind. If you have a dining room table that extends to nearly twice its size on family occasions. what kind of rug should you put under it? Do you choose a rug that will fit most of the time? 

           If you are looking for a brown area rug, we have the best options with intricate designs. For instance this brown Ziegler area rug. 

          Brown Ziegler Area RugShop Brown Ziegler Area Rug

          We think the bigger the better! If you're still struggling with deciding on what size, shape, or color area rug to purchase for your home, reach out to the design experts at RugKnots for some help! 

          Furthermore we always get questions from our loyal customers asking about rugs and how a shape could determine if it is ideal for a specific space or not. 

          Here Are Some Questions Answered For Our Customers. 

          1. What Are The Best Rug Trends To Follow In 2021?

          Everyone wants to redesign their home/office, specifically after the covid-19 phenomenon. We don't judge them we did the same. If you want to know the best rug trends in 2021 you are in the right place. Runner rugs, large area rugs, and patio rugs are trending nowadays, People want to give their space a new look, make it look lavish and regal. 

           2. What color area rug should I get?

          Rugs fulfill the purpose of adding a decorative element to your room, or any other living space. The color of an area rug highly depends upon the color and the ambiance of your room. But the best part about buying rugs is that you can always mix and match oriental and modern rugs and they will enhance the whole vibe of the area. 

          3. Should you put a rug under your bed?

          A rug under the bed can help you define your room. It will make the room look bigger and also give more depth to the area. 

          4. What should I look for when buying a rug?

          This is an extremely easy question to answer. If you are new to the family, and are looking for a rug to buy we suggest you look at the space a little more closely. Decide on what you like, what color, style and shape you want. You will have to look at your lifestyle, for what purpose you want a rug, and what material you want it in. 

          If you want further information on any rugs or if you are confuse then we suggest you have a look at Everything you need to know about Area Rugs for your Home . This blog will help you give an insight on some of our best rugs, and how you should style them. 

           Here is an insight into our high quality rugs at RugKnots. Check out the video. 

          If our beautiful customers have any further queries and questions for us here is our email address info@rugknots.com and our contact number (301) 660-7046.. Feel free to ring us a bell or drop an email, and we will make sure that our team gets in touch with you. Until next time. Ciao. 

          6 comments

          Cherill

          Cherill

          I’m debating between an oval rug and a rectangular rug. I have a medium space living room that has several arch entrances making the room a bit of through fare and oddly placed furniture.

          Debra Risk

          Debra Risk

          I have a t.v. room 18×18 and have 1 runner rug. Do I place it in front of the couch or center of room?

          Debra Risk

          Debra Risk

          I have a small t.v. room 18×18 and have a runner rug..would I place it in front of couch or in middle of the room?

          Debra Risk

          Debra Risk

          I have a small t.v. room 18×18 and have a runner rug..would I place it in front of couch or in middle of the room?

          Debbie

          Debbie

          I have a round dining room table, that becomes oval when the leaf is expanded. What shape rug should I use?

          Helen

          Helen

          My room is an odd shape in that it has five walls. The chimney breast is at an angle to two of the walls. What shape rug will look best .

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