Area Rugs 101

How to choose the best floorcovering for your space
Area rugs are more than just something to cover up your floor. Rugs can protect hardwood flooring from scratches made by furniture, and protect floors in high traffic areas. They can provide definition to a space, add interest and color to a room, and warm up a cold tile or hardwood floor. A runner in the entryway for wet feet, style and pizazz for the living room, plush warmth in the bedroom, or a cozy reminder of home in a dorm room can be achieved with an area rug. But how do you choose the perfect rug for your space? Here are some tips to help:


Size does matter! Of course there are the standard sizes available everywhere, but did you know DeSitter Flooring makes custom area rugs in any size imaginable, to fit any area of your house?

Most designers recommend at least a 12-18” border between your area rugs and the wall—and who doesn’t want to show off the beautiful flooring underneath? Having a rug any closer to the walls may make the room seem too crowded. For example, in a living room, you want to anchor your seating arrangement, not fill the entire room.

Check out the following scale flooring illustrations for examples from our designers on how to pick out the best size rug for the most common furniture layouts.


What is your room style, and how do you complement that with an area rug? In a formal room with neutral colors, you may want to add a pop of color and statement with a wool rug. In a modern bedroom, you can add luxurious softness and texture with a tufted rug to greet your toes each morning. And in the dining room, a flat woven rug is easy to spot clean. Don’t forget, as your style changes, so can your area rug!


Keep in mind your lifestyle when choosing an area rug. If you have pets and children, you will need a style with low maintenance, easily vacuumed and spot cleanable. You will want to stay away from silk, wool and other natural fibers such as sisal.

With a DeSitter Flooring custom area rug, the choice is yours. You can choose the size, material, backing and trim. Any carpet we sell in our showroom can be made into an area rug specifically for you and your needs. Our knowledgeable sales staff can answer any questions you may have. Stop in today to see what we can do for you.

At DeSitter Flooring, the possibilities are truly endless.