Living Room Rug Placement
If you have hard floors, a rug is pretty much a compulsory inclusion in the living room! Nothing ties a room together quite like a rug, and it gives you that extra layer of comfort, as well as acoustic value that makes the living room inviting and user-friendly.
The question is – to go under the couch, or not? As far as I’m concerned, you’ve basically got two options :
Living Room Rug Placement #1. Go right under the couch, extending at least 20cm behind the couch, and on the sides. If you have the space – this looks amazing! It gives the space a luxurious feel, and also tends to make a space feel bigger. But of course it does mean you need to buy a bigger rug!
Living Room Rug Placement #2. If your couch is positioned hard up against a wall, choose a rug that either nestles right up to it, or starts no less than 20cm in front of the couch. Any further away, and your rug is likely to get kicked up constantly, and it will also make your living room feel smaller. A rug really delineates the usable space in a living room, so the smaller space a rug occupies, the smaller the room will feel. Having said that – I wouldn’t usually run a rug under an entertainment unit. In most interiors, a rug should stop shy of any wall-hanging or free-standing cabinetry.
I’m not a huge fan of going ‘half’ under the couch. It just tends to look a bit awkward. My advice – it’s all or nothing!