And we don’t only mean the ambiance; area rugs can change the literal feel of a room by adding not only depth and dimension, but also yummy textures to pamper your toes or cuddle you while you’re down on the floor to watch a movie or play a game. Quality area rugs even add sound insulation, an important consideration in a room used for entertainment.
Place all your sitting furniture–sofa, armchairs, coffee table, side tables–just where you want them to be. Now measure the width and depth of the whole sitting area, and allow 6 to 10 extra inches on all sides. The final measurement will give you the ideal dimensions of an area rug that will define your sitting area.
The newest generation of braided rugs also has a few new tricks to entice you. They are made from stain resistant materials, so you don’t need to worry too much about that spill you just had. At one point, most braided rugs were round or oval. Today you can choose just about any shape, including squares, rectangles, and runners.