How to Make an Area Rug Work in a Small RoomMany people think that they cannot use an area in a small room. However, this simply isn’t the case. It’s true that using the wrong rug can make a small room feel even smaller, but you can choose an area rug that will enhance your small room instead of overwhelming it. Here is what you need to consider when choosing a rug for your small space.


You need to be careful when choosing a rug size for a small room. You might be tempted to choose a very small rug, however too small of a rug will make the room feel even smaller and more cramped. Instead, you should aim to choose a size that fits the room. Your rug shouldn’t stretch all the way to any wall, instead leaving a path of flooring around every edge. If you have furniture in the room, the front legs should rest on the rug but not the back. This will make the rug look natural and like it belongs in the room, instead of drawing attention to the size of the room.


It’s a good idea to use lighter colors in a small room. The lighter colors will make the room feel lighter and airier, giving the illusion that it’s bigger than it really is. You don’t need to choose a white rug but stay away from really dark colors as they will overwhelm the room and make it seem even smaller.


You will also want to consider the pattern of the rug. An oversized pattern will not have a lot of space to repeat on a smaller rug, so it will draw attention to the size. Choose a pattern that is proportional to the rug size you have chosen. A smaller pattern will make the rug and thus the entire space feel larger.

Other Decor

When you have a small room, you have to be thoughtful of every decor choice you make. You don’t want too much competing for your attention, or it will make the room feel cramped. If you have a bold rug, the rest of your decor should be muted. On the other hand, if you have bolder decor, then you should choose a more subtle rug to balance it out.


With a small rug, even a small stain will stand out. You need to be careful to keep your rugs clean in any room, but it’s especially important in a smaller room with a smaller rug. Luckily, North American Chem-Dry in San Francisco can take care of any stains you might have in your rug. Our expert rug cleaners remove everyday dirt and germs as well, so your rug will look great and be healthier. No matter what size of rug you have, keep it clean and it will make a huge difference in how your home looks and feels.


If you follow these simple tips when choosing a rug, your smaller room will look great!

And remember, North American Chem-Dry’s professional rug cleaners are here for your rugs when they don’t look so great!