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Design Tip Tuesday: Our Favorite Places to Source Rugs (and some tips)


-Dining Room Area Rug from Wayfair #wayfair #arearug #wayfairfinds





Picking out rugs can be OVERWHELMING. You have to ask yourself the never ending questions of: Where should I go? What's my style? How thick would I like it to be? What size do I need? What's my price range? ... And. So. Much. More!

Hopefully with these tips we can make the process that much easier and possibly cheaper for you!

Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs
Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs

Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Design
Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs


"What size should I buy?"

This is the #1 question we get asked when designing a space. It is a very good question because most people do not buy the right size!

A few tips:

1- Make sure you know where you are placing your rug. The visual guide above is a great way to get an idea of what to do and what not to do. People often just buy a standard size (5 x7 or 8 x 10) and then once they get home they have no idea how to make it fit in the room.

First, figure out your size, then go out shopping! Not every rug is offered in every size... part of the rug shopping frustration!

You want to make sure all of the front legs of all furniture grouped in the area are on the rug and by about 4" minimum underneath). If the sofa is 84" and the side table next to it is 16" wide then rug should be 9'-10' long.

Then, if there are two 28" wide side chairs with a 15" side table in between (similar to middle living room picture above) you will want 7' wide.

2- You want it to look like an appropriate size within your space, if that means marking your floors with blue painters tape to map out the size of the rug do that! It's always a great way to see a visual representation of what the space will look like and it helps ease your mind. You then also catch overlooked things like a walkway to a french door that leads outside or an angled wall you weren't remembering how much it encroaches into the space.

3- For an area where furniture moves, like the chairs around a dining table, you should be able to get in and out of sitting down with the chair never leaving the rug. This means, like shown and stated in the picture above, the rug should be 24"past the dining room table on all sides.



If you're questioning what you want, it's always a great idea to go to places such as Target, Furniture store (such as HOM or Schneiderman's), Home Goods, or anywhere else you see rugs to both see and touch different textures! Ask yourself these questions:

Do I need something comfortable? For example, do you and your kids/pets play on the floor? If that's the case look for a larger pile count and/or good rug pad.

Durability? Is this rug going in a high traffic area such as an entryway, mudroom, kitchen, dining area? In that case, maybe look into a wool (one of the most popular rug materials), nylon, jute, sisal and polypropylene materials, are great for high traffic areas.

Is this more for an accent piece? Is this rug going in a bedroom, office, or formal sitting area? Shag, silk, olefin, are soft and are available in lots of colors and patterns.

Experiment! Get out of your comfort zone when it comes to rugs. Rugs are a great place to pull a room together while also adding character, color, textures, etc.

Here are some great examples of mood boards that we created that really made the rug an integral part of the design aesthetic to ensure it was the anchor to the whole design scheme.

Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs
Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs


Our favorite great places we source our rugs are:

Revival Rugs

Pros: Handmade with natural fibers, ability to purchase vintage rugs, amazing reviews

Cons: You can't see or touch at a brick and mortar store


Pros: Has great variety, fast shipping, and very cost effective

Cons: You can't see or touch at a brick and mortar store

West Elm

Pros: Always has up to date styles, and you can go into a brick and mortar store to both see and touch different rugs

Cons: Can be pricey, and can have specific styles that may not appeal to everyone


Pros: Washable!!!, comes out with different styles semi-often

Cons: Low pile counts, and you also can't see or touch in a brick and mortar store

Shades of Light

Pros: All low pile, has good variety, many design styles

Cons: Mid to high price range

Honorable Mentions:

The Citizenry:



Pottery Barn:

Pier One:


Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!

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Jeanna Letzring, Owner/Interior Designer



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