Rugs are the epitome of providing warmth, character, light, and emotion to a room. They’re the pieces that make the image of a room blossom. If you’re shopping for a small rug that’ll make your studio space pop, then you’ve come to the right place. When hunting for the perfect rug, keep these key factors in mind when shopping:
- Measuring the room and determining the size of a rug you need.
- Room placement and the impact it has on room size.
- Selecting the material type best for your needs.
In this quick guide, we’ll review the importance of each key factor and how they can change the appearance of a room.
Measuring a Room For a New Rug
Whether you have a small bedroom or a large studio to furnish, measuring a room before purchasing a small rug can save you a lot of frustration. The truth is that even if a rug fits in a space, it may not be the right fit for that space.
Sometimes when you purchase a rug, it may meet your room’s measurements but it can take away from the aesthetics of the space by making the room seem smaller than it is. While larger rugs are known for making a room feel cozy, a small rug tends to make smaller areas seem larger.
Your rug of choice is more than a simple piece in making the area feel decorated. It helps create the style of a room and can make a room seem smaller or more spacious. When measuring for a rug, you’re not necessarily looking at the overall size of the room, though it’s important to know the measurements of the room before shopping.
With any rug you purchase, you want it to be suitable for a bed or table, or any selected furniture that it’s placed under. The idea is to utilize the rug to accent the room so that it gently adds to the overall appearance.
You can measure from one wall to the next wall, or measure the size of the furniture it’ll be placed beneath when figuring out the perfect size. If you’re planning to place a rug under furniture, add anywhere from 4-6 inches to your final measurements to help ensure you get a rug that meets your size requirements.
You don’t want to select a rug for a small space that’s the exact same size as the table you’re placing it under, otherwise it may make the space look smaller and it could look a little awkward. By measuring both width and distance and adding a few extra inches, this will help you to create an aesthetic appeal.
The Importance of Location, Position, and Placement
Many people don’t realize that when you’re selecting a small area rug for your studio space the location, position, and placement can impact how it makes the space feel. For example, if you place a rug beneath a desk, you don’t want it to appear crooked or placed in a diagonal position. This can make the setting of the room seem a little awkward. Additionally, you wouldn’t want to place a rug in a completely open space unless it’s surrounded by chairs. When decorating with your rug of choice, try to use the furniture to dictate location and placement. This will help with determining the size as well as selecting colors, choosing patterns, and picking out materials that are right for the room.
Rugs in a small space can feel overwhelming if they take up too much of the room, which is why placing them under chairs and tables can assist in making the space feel larger. In a studio with large furnishings, it can be beneficial to use small area rugs that allow you to layer to create a unique balance and style. With layering, this adds a little extra detail to the room without overpowering the layout.
If you’re deciding on where to place a small rug in your bedroom, the ideal location would be beneath your bed. Align it parallel to the headboard so that it creates a picture-perfect box around your bed frame. This can create a sense of organization while adding just a sprinkle of decoration to the room. Try selecting rugs with gentle patterns when decorating your bedroom to make the area seem clean and balanced.
Selecting the Perfect Material for Your Room
Each rug is unique, so selecting a rug that meets your needs is essential in caring for and maintaining the features that make it stand out. Faux rugs such as cowhides or sheepskins are great for stand-alone pieces as well as layering. Both are great options but can show a little wear and tear in heavily trafficked areas.
Remember that areas you’re frequently active in will have constant movement taking place over your rug. So, if you’re in a space that you’re moving chairs on often or sliding furniture on, a thin rug will last longer than a shag area or tassel rug.
Need Help Picking Out the Right Small Rug for Your Studio?
If you’re still uncertain about the qualities you want in a rug, or you’re struggling to pick which rug will add the most style to your room, we’ve got you covered. We’ve added a “See This Rug in Your Room” tool to all of our product pages so you can visually see how it’ll fit and look in your room. You can apply this tool to your shopping experience with ease whether the room is vacant or already furnished.
In order to use our tool, all you have to do is take a picture of your room, select the rug you’d like to see, tap on the tool and upload your photo to see a real-time representation of how it’ll look. You can also adjust the size of your rug selection to help determine if you should purchase a bigger or smaller rug.
Still not sure if the rug you’ve previewed is the right choice? No worries, check out our inspiration and ideas tab to get a little extra assistance in choosing a style, material type, and more.
We hope this brief guide helps you in all of your rug shopping adventures. If you need any assistance at all while shopping, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our live chat option during working hours or send us a quick email.