Rug size in a large room

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I am moving into a new house with a very large open family room. It has all hardwood flooring so I need an area rug. I wanted to get a jute natural fiber rug but I'm not sure which size. I could get a 7'6" x 9'6" or a 8'6" x 11'6". Should I err on the side of larger? The room is 17x15. I would wait but RugsUSA is having their 75% off sale right now.
q what is the perfect rug size for a large room, flooring, home decor, living room ideas
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  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Dec 01, 2014
    I am having the same problem you are. Our only furniture right now is a big sectional and my room is 15 x 15....

  • Carole Carole on Dec 01, 2014
    If you are going to break the room up into different usage areas, then go for a smaller one say to depict a sitting area or meal area. If you want the rug to go under a dining table, ensure it is big enough that when you pull the chairs out to sit, the chairs still sit on the rug and are not half on and half off. It really depends on the use of the room. If the room is all for one use and not being split into distinct areas depicting its usage, then I would opt for the bigger size. Remember it is not a bargain if you make a mistake and are not happy with it. Lots of places have after Xmas sales and if you feel worried you will make a mistake, I would wait till the New Year or Boxing day sales before buying. If your room is large and you want something to anchor the whole room for one use, then a too small rug can look a little lost and dare I say it - rather silly.

  • Susie Susie on Dec 02, 2014
    Personally I'd go large unless as Carole says your room is broken into areas. Small rugs can get lost in such a large room and might look like an afterthought.

  • Barb Barb on Dec 02, 2014
    Here is the reality about rugs - rugs are not really the size on the ticket, just like lumber is not the size on the lumber you buy. For that reason and the reasons above, I'd go for the largest possible. I like the small rugs delineating space but you can always throw a smaller rug on top to do that too.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Dec 03, 2014
    75% off? Wow. Using graph paper, I'd do a scale drawing of the floor, and make drawn-to-scale cut outs of the furnishings that will go in the room. Then I'd play with furniture placement. That should give you an idea of what would be best.

  • Leigh Rowan Leigh Rowan on Dec 03, 2014
    All of the furniture in the grouping should sit on the rug. This will hold that group together. If not it will look like things are floating on their own and not put together.

  • Lauren Morgan Lauren Morgan on Dec 03, 2014
    I agree with the idea that if the room has one use, go big. You don't want your furniture legs scratching the new wood floors.

    • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Dec 04, 2014
      @Lauren Morgan I use those stick on felt pads on furniture legs, etc. than are in direct contact with wood floors.

  • Lauren Morgan Lauren Morgan on Dec 03, 2014
    And add the PAD!! It'll protect, cushion and extend the life of your rug-

  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Dec 03, 2014
    @Honeybear Lane it is quite the dilemma. Not having seen the room or your furniture it is difficult to advise. Also don't know if it is a living/dining room area. I think I would consider the seating areas, and purchase accordingly. You could also consider where else in the house it could be used if it doesn't work out there. I too would likely go with the larger one rather than the smaller one. If the dining room is separate you may want to use it there if too big for the other area. Thanks for posting. Do let us know what you do and post a pic of the new room :)