Help I'm Having Rug Rage - Size Does Matter

Home Stager with Reinventing Space

Living Room Rug Placement  Photo: MLS

Help! I'm having Rug Rage!  Time and time again I see ill-sized rugs being used in Home Staging projects and 99.9%  of them are too small for the space or the furniture collection it's anchoring. 

Size does matter!

And don't get me started on materials -  I've seen  bath rugs used under cocktail tables..

Why is this happening? Where can this this size dilemma  and faux pas placement stem from?



1. Home Staging Inventory Issues?

2. Lack of Education?

3. Complacent Stagers?

 Living Room Rug Placement


Lovely Rug nicely placed by Horchow

 How do we solve this size issue? Well, by simply educating the faux pas rug placers. 

Here's a double duty educational tool from our friends over at Over Stock.  Why double duty?  Over Stock is an awesome place to shop for rugs, so a great source for inventory & educational home decorating tips and articles.

They slip you just the right info to foil your size dilemma and faux pas placement issues.

And for those that offer both home staging and styling services - A fabulous post by a designer and blogger: Area Rug Rules and How to Break Them

 Hopefully with these gentle tips to the faux pas placers, my Rug Rage can be resolved.

Comments (14)

Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert

So bigger is better with rug sizes, but maybe not too big in some cases?

May 25, 2011 01:10 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Julea, thanks for posting.  I really appreciate the links.  This will be helpful for future opportunities.  Bookmarked!

May 25, 2011 01:14 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I've seen a few really bad staging jobs. Maybe done by owners and their agent? One house used bath towles for rugs, Another had a rug, a chair, and pot with dry flowers in front of the fireplace, and some silverware and place settings on the breakfast bar, and all other rooms were empty. I think it looks better to either stage it completely, or just leave it vacant, but just staging 1 or 2 rooms, and using inferior products, just don't help much with presenting a good staging appearance.

May 25, 2011 01:14 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager
OUCH! Sometimes I wish I was stronger and could carry rugs larger than 5x8' in my inventory! Great post on rug rules!
May 25, 2011 01:16 AM
Julea Joseph
Reinventing Space - Chicago, IL
Julea Joseph House Stager - Reinventing Space

Chuck - It's all about scale and proportion!

Sure thing Mike - Plus, when a space is placed well, your MLS photos sell well.

Jeff, I see a BLOG started... "Oddly Placed Home Staging..."

Julie - Rug Rules! Love it.  You can always use 2  5x8, etc... to make a larger anchor.

May 25, 2011 01:46 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes
I share your rug rage in photo one! Amazing!
May 25, 2011 05:31 PM
Julea Joseph
Reinventing Space - Chicago, IL
Julea Joseph House Stager - Reinventing Space
Sharon - All the rug does is make you look at it. Does the space beckon you to sit down?
May 25, 2011 11:47 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Julea--I was following this post on LinkedIn and also loved the link to the rules on area rugs.  Actually just bought a rug for my new house and the designer at the store had the opposite take I had on rugs--she thought it should be smaller.  I wonder if this "trend" to under size the rug has to do with prices in this economy, because it certainly goes against the design principles I learned.   

May 26, 2011 05:25 AM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Size does matter.....I rarely use anything smaller than 8 x 10.  I feel for those stagers who do need to carry rugs....they are heavy!  I rent all mine so have the delivery crew place them for's part of the delivery fee!

I also agree that a large rug will anchor the space.....GREAT topic!!

May 26, 2011 05:30 AM
Julea Joseph
Reinventing Space - Chicago, IL
Julea Joseph House Stager - Reinventing Space
Janet, Hmmm.... I doubt it - I'd be curious what her reasoning was... Kathy - A smaller one is just fine if the space and the purpose appropriates for it - We have to use the rules: 1. Scale 2. Balance 3. Emphasis 4. Rhythm 5. Harmony
May 26, 2011 06:01 AM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Size matters in everything~LOL!! I love your example photo. Gorgeous.

May 26, 2011 01:46 PM
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON
Great information, Julea. Tiny rugs make me cringe !
May 28, 2011 12:35 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Julea -
I love the thorough information that you provided.
Having a guide is so appreciated.
Have a happy day -

May 28, 2011 12:41 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Interesting. I always wondered what purpose, besides a trip hazard, a small rug served!

May 28, 2011 12:41 AM