Small Living Room Ideas: Who Says Rugs Are Just for Floors!

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I have a tiny living room (10 ft x 7.5 ft) but it does have one big blank wall that was screaming for something to jazz it up. Being a renter, I wanted to do something quick and easy to remove later, and ideally something that I could take with me when I move. Who would have thought that the solution would present itself in the form of a rug!

That's right, that's a rug on my wall! I fell in love with the colors and the texture and immediately knew it would be perfect for my living room. The rug is from Crate and Barrel, called "TOCHI".

I made a frame to fit the size of the rug (4' x 6') with inexpensive 1"x2" furring strips ($1 for 8 ft). There's a few tricks and tips to build this on my blog.

I painted the furring strips the same color of the wall to make them blend in and then used upholstery nails, every 2 1/2" inches, to secure the rug to the panel.

I used 3M command picture-hanging strips to secure the panel to the wall to prevent it from falling over (the legs handle the weight of the panel) and that's it!

I love that I didn't have to make any holes in the wall and that I can always reuse the rug later in another space. You can watch the entire process of how I decorated my living room in this video.

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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jan 10, 2019

    How do I do this for my round rug? It's a hand woven rug from Venezuela and has a white cotton backing that isn't attached anywhere but around the edge. I think it's there to keep the back weave details safe. The actual rug is very sturdy and heavy. I've thought of just nailing it to the wall because of that loose backing. It need to be up so i can see it. Better damaged and seen than folded away in a box in a dark corner.

  • Liz Liz on Jan 16, 2019

    Why is a chair in front of the front door?

  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Apr 20, 2019

    Did you make the lights?

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  • Elizabeth Haire Elizabeth Haire on Jan 31, 2021

    I like that you did not make your TV the sole item to view on that wall space!

    Good job 8n creative thinking over the entire space!

  • Mona Plunkett Mona Plunkett on May 08, 2022

    I like this idea and it would especially be good, I think to put it over a drafty window. Good idea for those more 'valuable' and unique rugs that you don't want to ruin with walking on for sure. Good idea!