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  1. Jessica Norris says:

    Hi! You mentioned that the rug should be large enough to have at least the front feet of all furniture in the main grouping on top of it. But then also aim to keep 10 to 24 inches of space between the rug and the walls. My rug will be 18” from the back wall and 18” from the front wall (which is the TV wall). The media unit I want for under the TV is only 16” deep and so it would not rest at all on the rug. Is this OK, as I would have considered the media unit as part of the main grouping? I am OK with sliding the rug a few inches closer to the back wall to allow for a slightly larger (more planned looking) gap between media unit and rug. The other option is to slide the rug closer to the TV wall so that it does go partially under the media unit but ideally I’d prefer not to do that. Thanks!

    1. I think it’s actually better not to have the entertainment center not be on the rug—just the conversation area. And you’re correct, you may end up wanting to make a larger gap so it looks intentional. You’ll know if it looks weird to you. I hope that helps!

  2. Bobbie McCann says:

    How do you feel about an area rug over an inexpensive builder’s carpet in guest bedrooms? We have spent quite a bit of money on other more visible renovations and want to wait on replacing carpets in rooms that are rarely used. Is it tacky to utilize colorful rugs on top of the basic taupe “apartment grade” carpet? Thanks!

  3. Our bedroom is large but our bed size is an antique full size. Do I use a 6 x 9 or an 8 x 10 under the bed area only. A larger rug would not be centered in the room area due to placement of the bed. Thank you, Teresa

    1. Hi Teresa! Since it sounds like you have the floor space around the bed, it depends on how much of the bare floor you want to cover and how much rug you want to see. It’s okay that the bed is not centered because it is usually still the focal point anyway, and a rug centered under it just enhances that. If you go for the larger size, make sure it doesn’t butt up to close to any furniture around the room like a dresser.

      1. There is an antique dressing table I have beside the bed that serves too as my nightstand but there would still be approximately 8″ of wood floor exposed in front of it. Total 2′ 2″ from wall of exposed wood floor including the 8″.. Thank you so much for giving me the option of a 9 x 12 rug. I was so concerned about the bed not being centered on the rug itself. I have an 8 x 10 currently.

        1. It sounds like you have room if you want to go that large, but your 8×10 size sounds like it would fit well too. Good luck on the rug hunt!

  4. Donna Marsh says:

    Thank you so much for keeping us “anchored”! I am currently trying to find living room rug. No luck so far after looking at hundreds, but I WILL find the right one. Thanks again for your help.