How to Choose The Right Rug

No stylist? No problem. Picking the right rug is way simpler than you think.

Choosing The Right Rug
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4 Steps To Great Style

Simple & easy design tips to help you select the perfect rug.

1. Start With A Floor Plan

What's your arrangement?

Choose a layout and measure for your rug based on the space you'd like to fill.
Here are some popular layouts that work for most spaces.

Classic Layout

If your sofa and armchairs are up against the wall, your rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all pieces.

Floating Layout

If your sofa and armchairs float in the middle of the room, your rug should be large enough to fit under all four legs of each piece of furniture.

Dining Layout

For dining rooms, measure the length and width of your dining table and add 60cm on each side. Most dining room tables require a rug that's at least 240cm wide.

Bedroom Layout

In bedrooms, extend a rug from the bottom 2/3 of the bed. Alternatively, you could also place runners on each side or a single runner at the foot of the bed.

2. Make The Material Work For You

How much traffic and use does the room get?

Hallways with high foot traffic need durable flooring, while bedrooms and dining room rugs are less susceptible to heavy wear.

Abstract Angles Wool Dhurrie

Diamond Stripe Wool Dhurrie

Dhurries + Kilims

Dhurries and kilims are flat-woven wool and cotton rugs that are usually reversible. Known for their bright colours and graphic patterns, they tend to be durable, easy to clean and work just about anywhere.

Barley Twist Jute Rug

Tonal Braided Jute Rug


Natural rugs are woven from fibres extracted from plants, including sisal, jute, seagrass and hemp. Because of their durability, affordable price and neutral colour palette, natural rugs are especially good for high-traffic areas.

Hand-Loomed Shine Rug Rug

Fes Wool Shag Rug


Tufting, a technique that involves inserting yarn through a woven base to create a pile, is a common way to achieve precise patterns. The pile can be looped or cut, creating subtle texture in different combinations. Tufted rugs last longer in lower-traffic areas.

Distressed Arabesque Wool Rug

Distressed Rococo Wool Rug

Overdyed + Distressed Rugs

Overdyed and distressed rugs use a cycle of dyeing, washing or distressing to achieve a one-of-a-kind finish. During this artisanal process, colours blend and textures soften for a vintage feel that's good for moderate foot traffic.

2. Pick Your Pattern

What colour is your furniture?

If your bed's got a lot going on, try a solid colour or neutral rug to bring things down to earth – or make a basic sofa pop with a patterned rug.

Versatile Neutrals

A neutral rug forms a solid foundation when you want to layer on rich textures, patterns or colours. Think of it as the canvas for the rest of your room.

Playful Patterns

If your furniture is a solid colour or neutral, try a patterned rug. For foolproof colour coordination, match the secondary colour in the rug to your sofa or key furniture.

Solid Colours

A monochromatic rug complements patterned furniture by grounding it in a primary palette. In a living room, try matching the rug to the secondary colour in a patterned sofa.

4. Keep It In Place

Why Use a Rug Underlay?

Along with preventing your rug from slipping all over the place, an underlay will add another layer of comfort and help protect it for years.

Eco-Stay Underlay

This environmentally-friendly underlay is made from 100% plant-based oils. It protects your floor and keeps your rug firmly in place.

Premium Underlay

Made from recycled post-industrial fibres, this thick, plush underlay is suitable for all surface types, including carpeting and radiant heat flooring.