Living Room Rug Layouts: How to Arrange Your Furniture Around Your Rug

When decorating with rugs, color, pattern, and style are typically considered the only important considerations. However, placement is just as vital to the look and feel rugs can provide your space. Here are a few tips for your area rug layout!

Bedroom Area Rug Furniture Placement

bedroom with printed vintage vinyl rug at foot of bed

While many choose to place their bed on top of their rug or over two-thirds of the area rug, these are only two layout options. Depending on the size of your bed, these layouts can make it harder to see the beautiful pattern you’ve chosen. So, what other options do you have for your area rug layout?

Place two small- to medium-sized runners on each side of the bed – this works with all bed and room sizes. Just remember to measure your bed to ensure that your rugs do not extend past the size of the bed for a cohesive look. Alternate options include a runner at the foot of the bed or a large area rug to the side of the bed in rooms with open floor plans. Our vintage vinyl rugs that look like wood are great complements to bedroom hardwood floors!

Living Room Rug Layout

small couch sitting on top of antique floral vintage vinyl rug

Your rug layout is entirely dependent on your preferences, your furniture, and your room layout. If you have a smaller space (like an apartment), we recommend that you anchor your furniture with an area rug in the center of the room. Furniture should be arranged around the rug – not on top – to maintain the quality of your rug and to make the space feel more open. This also helps to create a focal point with your living room rug layout, so have fun with color and print!

Larger living rooms and open floor plans can use a larger area rug to define the space. Great area rug furniture placement options include adding a rug under your coffee table in front of your couch and arranging furniture around the rug as those with small spaces would. Since you have a larger space, this is your opportunity to make a statement with your vintage vinyl rug pattern.

For example, mosaic rugs and artisan rugs are conversation starters, while Persian rugs and colonial rugs bring warmth and comfort to your living room rug layout.

Kitchen & Dining Room Area Rug Layout

round table and chairs sitting on patina checkerboard rug

Dining rooms typically follow one layout: Your rug should be large enough to fit your table and chairs. Another tip is to make sure that the rug extends around 18 to 24 inches from the table to prevent the rug from feeling like it’s floating in your space. You can match your rug to the shape of your table to unite the space, such as a round folk art rug or classic rug under a round kitchen breakfast table, or play around with shapes for visual interest.

Rug and Furniture Layouts

red classic geometric rug in kitchen area

There’s no wrong rug layout for your living room, bedroom, or other living space. If you love the placement in relation to your furniture, then that’s your perfect placement! Just remember to measure your space for the best size for your space and to always use felt pads under your table and chair legs with your vintage vinyl floor mats. Check out more of our vinyl floorcloths at Monroe and Leisure for certified non-slip, easy-to-clean, and pet- and kid-friendly vintage vinyl rugs!

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How do I determine the right rug size after measuring my space?

How to choose an area rug size varies depending on the room and feeling you want to create in your space, such as making a statement with a large size in a living room. 

Pro tip: Choose a rug size that leaves around 10 to 24 inches of space between the rug’s edges and the room’s walls.

How do I decide the color or pattern I should choose?

Lighter colors and muted prints can often make a smaller space look larger, while darker colors can help define an intimate space. Just remember that the best color/pattern is the one that feels right for your home.

How do I clean my vintage vinyl rug?

Vintage vinyl is quick and easy to clean! Simply wipe it with a damp cloth or use diluted hand soap on a sponge for stubborn spills.

classic stars vinyl runner rug in kitchen


At a Glance: checkerboard patterns, plaids, and simple shapes like diamonds

Timeless designs that never go out of style, classic rugs work well in any home. These rugs utilize vintage styles and patterns and feature more muted colors. Think subtle or desaturated shades of blue, black, red, and ocher.

person in boots standing on mosaic tile rug


At a Glance: black and white square and hexagonal tile patterns

Inspired by one of the oldest art forms in history, mosaics, the mosaic rug collection features geometric designs that give the appearance of a vintage tiled floor. How to choose an area rug with a mosaic design: these statement-making designs work best in modern, minimalist, and art deco spaces.

sunburst vintage vinyl rug in front of bookshelf

American Folk Art Museum

At a Glance: Designs that mimic textiles like crochet, embroidery, and quilting

The influence of tapestries and embroideries have the ability to blend with home decor or make a statement. Folk art rugs add playful visual interest to contemporary and mid-century modern homes.

feet standing on red Persian bazaar rug

Persian Bazaar

At a Glance: Complex designs, rich colors, and unique patterns

Our Persian-style rugs were inspired by the centuries-old tradition of rug making. These one-of-a-kind styles and designs can liven up any space, from a living room to a covered patio. Wonderfully diverse, they work well with bohemian decor or even in modern homes to balance new with vintage.

wood print artisan rug with vintage chair


At a Glance: Shades of rich wood inspired by the halls of academia

Make all of your academia and dark academia decor dreams come true with an artisan rug. How to choose an artisan area rug: these pieces work seamlessly with wood furnishings, neutral colors, and rich blues and greens.

colonial design runner rug in hallway


At a Glance: Florals, paisleys, ginghams, and muted colors

Take inspiration from historic Williamsburg with our colonial rugs. These vintage vinyl rugs easily blend with mid-century modern, contemporary, bohemian, and rustic styles.

Norwegian wood vintage vinyl rug

Norwegian Wood

At a Glance: intricate craftsmanship and a palette of wood like ash, cedar, maple, and ebony

This simple yet decorative Scandinavian style captures the rare and diverse beauty of Norwegian wood in vinyl rugs that look like wood.