Should You Put Furniture on Top of Fine Area Rugs

This is an important question if you’re planning the design of your living room or bedroom: Can you place furniture on top of fine or luxury area rugs? The answer is yes! But let’s look at a few facts about the placement of large area rugs in particular before you rearrange the furniture.

You have three options when it comes to arranging your furniture around your area rugs.

  1. Place furniture completely on the large area rug. Putting the full weight of furniture on luxury rugs means the weight is evenly distributed. However, you should periodically move the furniture a few inches so that it doesn’t wear down the same spots. This can prevent damage to the material.
  2. Place furniture partially on the rug, with one to two feet on the rug and the rest right on the floor. One concern with placing furniture only partially on the rug is that it can lead to uneven wear on the rug itself. If you move the furniture slightly every few months or so, this can be avoided. Another aspect of this arrangement is that the furniture may be wobbly if only partially on an area rug. This especially applies to chairs if the pile height is much higher than the flooring.
  3. Arrange your rug so that no furniture is directly on top of the rug. You won’t have to worry about unnecessary wear on your rug, but this may not be practical with large or oversized area rugs. For living rooms, some rug owners choose to have a lightweight coffee table on the rug and the heavier furniture off it.

The size of your room and other furniture will determine which is the best solution for your interior design. Silk rugs are more likely to be damaged over time by heavy furniture on top than wool or cotton area rugs, so be aware of the materials you are considering and how you intend to use it.

In bedrooms, large area rugs are often placed partially under the bed and partially sticking out, so that two posts are on the rug and two are off. However, oversized rugs are also available if you want all four posts on top.

If you are concerned about wear, you can always opt for a smaller accent rug that doesn’t need to be placed under furniture. At the foot of your bed, down the hallway or in your entryway are all options for smaller options including certain runners and round area rugs.

Ask the experts at our rug outlet in Scottsdale if you need help choosing a rug size or style. Bring some pictures of the room you want a rug for and we can also help you determine the best placement of a large area rug in your home. We provide area rugs to the Phoenix AZ area as well as internationally, so feel free to contact us with your questions.

By Allison Edrington.

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