Layering rugs is really not a new idea. It’s been around for centuries! But we are seeing a lot of gorgeous rug layering on the decor front and I’m loving it! Adding one rug on top of another adds lots of texture for our eyes and that personal, one-of-a-kind statement that makes a room reflect who we are! Today let’s learn to layer rugs like a pro!
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Here is how my living room looked before I layered rugs…
And here’s how my living room looks with layered rugs…
Let’s layer rugs like a pro!
No matter what you have on your floors you can layer rugs! But layering works best on a hard surface floor such as wood and tile. It will also work just fine on very low nap carpeting. But don’t be discouraged, if you have carpeting with a higher pile you just have to know how to choose the right rug to layer! Choose a heavy flat rug. Jute is perfect!
Just like the “rules” for laying a single carpet in a room… the bottom layered carpet should also abide by them too!
Here are some tried and true suggestions…
- the front legs of the furniture in a room should rest on the rug OR
- all legs of furniture should be on the rug
- a small area rug can go under the coffee table but not under the legs of any other furniture
- in a bedroom, the entire bed should rest on the rug and the nightstands too OR
- 2/3’s of the bed should rest on the rug with the top of the bed and the nightstands on the floor
- there should be at least 18 inches between the rug and any baseboard (except for bedroom)
- there should be at least 24 inches of rug extended around the dining room table
- multiple rugs of the same pattern can be used in a room
- hallways and areas of foot traffic should be covered
Now, these rules are really only suggestions. Following them will help a room look styled and cohesive. However, don’t be afraid to bend the rules a little! Choosing a rug and its placement is a personal decision! You want a room to exude your personal style and personality!
When layering wall-to-wall carpeting think of it as your bottom layer. Choose one great rug to layer over the top!
For me, the best and easiest way to layer rugs is to start with a jute rug on the bottom. It is a blank canvas that brings lots of texture and nubbiness to a room! And you can find a jute rug for a very reasonable price!
If jute is not your thing, try layering a solid color or large geometric with lots of “open” space for your bottom rug. The bottom rug should not be too busy!
I can go either way on fringe or no fringe for a bottom carpet unless you are layering it over wall-to-wall carpet.
Then I say no fringe. You will want to keep the rug very tailored.
Now let’s talk about the top layered rug. I like to get a little crazy with this one! Here are some suggestions…
- hide rugs look fabulous over jute rugs and are so on trend they just might be a classic
- your top rug does not have to be parallel to the bottom rug… try it askew
- don’t hide your top rug under furniture unless a good deal of it shows around the furniture
- symmetrical rugs can go on either side of the bed making a nice soft place to step out of bed… sheep skins or hides work perfectly for this
- choose what you love for your top layer
- overlap one, two or even three rugs for a bohemian look
The great thing about the top rug is that you can mostly do what you love! Get creative!
This is a good place to use your small Oriental or tribal rugs. They will look very updated when layered with a natural woven rug.
Here are some bottom layer jute rugs I’ve found for you. Each rug comes in many sizes. Rug 1 is my family room rug and rug 5 is my living room rug.
1 Safavieh Casual Natural Fiber Hand-Woven Natural/ Multi Jute Rug || 2 McGorry Rug ||3 Fauna Hand-Woven Beige Area Rug || 4 Panache Hand-Tufted Ivory/Beige Area Rug || 5 Beachcrest Home Southold Hand-Woven Brown Area Rug || 6 Victor Ivory Area Rug ||
7 Safavieh Casual Natural Fiber Hand-Woven Natural / Grey Jute Rug || 8 Safavieh Casual Natural Fiber Hand-Woven Natural Jute Rug || 9 Safavieh Casual Natural Fiber Hand-Woven Natural Jute Rug || 10 Safavieh Casual Natural Fiber Hand-Woven Natural / Ivory Chunky Thick Jute Rug || 11 Gray Chunky Loop Jute Rug || 12 Natural Area Rugs Hand-woven Toledo Jute Rug (6′ x 9′) with Bonus Rug Pad ||
Here are some top layer rugs you might like…
13 Carleton Navy Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug || 14 Mosca Hand-Woven Yellow/Gray Area Rug Rug || 15 Obadiah Hand-Tufted Black Area Rug || 16 Short Navy/Beige Outdoor Area Rug || 17 Rialto Red Area Rug Rug || 18 Short Brown/Bone Outdoor Rug ||
19 Obadiah Hand-Tufted Black Area Rug || 20 Handmade Zebra Print White Leather Hide Area Rug || 21 Easterly Rug || 22 Carleton Navy Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug Rug || 23 Windsor Home Breton Stripe Area Rug – Black & White || 24 Otwell Blue/Beige Area Rug Rug ||
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Now you know how to layer a rug so get busy!!!! Layering rugs can add so much warmth and style to any room!
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