Rugs for Apartments: How to Add Personality and Style to Small Spaces Without Damaging Your Floors

Well-chosen rugs can add comfort, beauty, texture, and color to any living space, all without needing to do any major renovations. But what do you do if you’re in an apartment? Space is often limited – and you can’t damage the floors! Keep reading our guide to discover how to safely add much-needed personality and style to small spaces with vintage vinyl rugs.

Livening Up Your Space

room with blue patterned vintage rug

When it comes to redecorating a space to fit your style, many home design shows and blogs recommend making changes to the wall color or hanging pictures and art. While absolutely transformative, they’re not always accessible options for apartment dwellers. Don’t give up on bringing character and personality to your rental, yet!

Rugs make it easy for apartments to add color, create warmth, designate areas, and make your space look larger – without any damage. Our certified non-slip, durable vintage vinyl floor mats work well with most flat surfaces and don’t damage or discolor hardwood floors, so you can decorate with confidence.

Rugs for Studio Apartments

checkered vintage vinyl rug in apartment with couch and plants

Decorating studio apartments can feel intimidating with their singular, open space. You have two options: You can have it function as one room with a statement-making large area rug at the center or you can use two or more rugs with the same style to break up the space.

Rugs for these apartments can help designate areas, giving the appearance of multiple rooms. Decide the number of spaces you want: kitchen area, bedroom, living space, or more, depending on the size of your studio. Rugs can be used to anchor these “rooms.” Be sure to measure your space first and choose rug sizes that will comfortably fit in each space. Another option you have is using runner rugs to lead to each area, like mock hallways!

We carry sizes as small as 20” x 30” in our collections – perfect for studios and small apartments.

How to Choose Rugs for Apartments

rug that looks like wood on apartment floor

Your rug’s pattern can completely change the look and feel of your apartment, turning it from a cookie-cutter rental into your personal oasis in an instant. You may be limited on space, but you’re not limited with design options. The key to choosing rugs for studio apartments is scaling down the size and following a cohesive color palette to not overwhelm the space.

Where do you begin? Consider your personality, style, and what you want to achieve with your rug. For example, if you’d like to keep the look of hardwood floors with added protection, our collection of rugs that look like wood is your go-to. If you want a rug that makes your space feel inviting with its warmth and beauty, try a colonial rug or a Persian-style rug.

Design Your Ideal Space

person standing on black and white mosaic rug

From making a statement in your studio with a mosaic rug to designating spaces with smaller-sized classic rugs, we have rugs for all apartments and styles at Monroe and Leisure. Use our rug buying guide for more help choosing rugs for your studio apartment and order our easy-to-clean, pet- and kid-friendly, hypoallergenic, and certified non-slip vinyl rugs online today!

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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.