How to Place a Rug Under a Sectional Sofa

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Your rug should be the center of all the decorations in your living room. Depending on its position from your sectional sofa, it can either make or break your room’s design. So, what’s the perfect way to place a rug under a sectional sofa like a pro home decorator?

There are so many ways to place your rug under a sectional sofa that the only limit is your imagination. While this article will list some ideas, you’re allowed to try something completely different, which might also work.

In this article, you’ll learn all you need to know about styling your sofa with a rug. You’ll also learn the different rug placements under a sectional sofa and why it matters.

How to Choose the Best Rug for a Sectional Sofa


The first step to placing a rug under your sectional sofa is choosing the best sofa. If you’ve not chosen a sofa yet, you can use some tips to help you get the perfect one for your sofa.

1. Size

The rug size and shape you choose depend on what you’re aiming for while decorating your room. If you want your room to look bigger than the actual size, going for a circular rug is a no-brainer.

Another unwritten rule for adding rugs to your sectional sofa is to go for the largest your room can take. If you find a smaller one with a fanciful design, you can put it on a matching but a larger one. You’re also free to experiment, as long as nothing looks weird to you.

You should also consider the size of your sectional sofa when choosing a rug. There are three industry-standard rug sizes, with each in different categories.

If you have a large sectional sofa, you should pair it with the largest rug you can afford. Average sofas can work with both average-sized and large rugs. If you have a small sectional sofa, however, you’ll want to pair it with a proportionately small rug.

2. Pattern

Before buying a rug, it’s important to have a placement in mind to help you choose an apt pattern. If you’re looking to place your rug diagonally, there are rugs with patterns designed for that.

You should also consider the color of your sofa when choosing a rug. A patterned rug works best with solid colored rugs, and it’s the same the other way around.

3. Design Material

Before buying any rugs, you should ask for the design materials to see how well they would tolerate your use. While this may not sound necessary, it may be helpful to understand that you won’t be using the rug alone.

If you have pets or children that can introduce stains to the rug, it’s best to opt for muter designs. You should also make sure it’s easier to clean, as you’ll be doing frequent cleaning jobs.

In addition to size and shape, you should also consider the color of what you’re buying. Ordinarily, matching your sectional sofa with your rug shouldn’t be hard work, but you can still use a professional’s help.

The above tips should help you choose the best rug for your sectional sofa. After doing that, you can jump to the next section, where I discuss placing rugs under a sectional sofa correctly.

How to Place a Rug Under a Sectional Sofa

Rug placement is a job for professional interior decorators and designers. However, inviting a professional decorator each time you need a slight change in your home structure isn’t exactly economical.

Since most people like to save money, they opt to place their rug under their sofa on their own. If you’re part of this group of people, I’m here to help. Here are some of the best rug placement ideas to make your room look its best.

1. Place It Partially Under the Sofa

If you’re styling a pretty large sofa in a very small room, you may have to place it partially under a sofa. This placement is getting more popular by the day, and it makes the design elements pop.

There are many ways to place the rug partially under the sofa without affecting the sofa negatively. You can use your imagination to place the rug to achieve the best results.

For extra flair, you may want to consider adding a coffee table to the vacant part of the rug. These modifications will make the home look larger and better, exaggerating the relatively small room.

2. Place the Rug Off-Center

The off-center approach can work with any sectional sofa and rug combination. However, it only works best when the rug is a bit smaller than the sofa. Since it looks unexplainably good, it has been gaining popularity like most other ideas on this list.

You should consider placing your rug off-center if you have something to place on the floor, like a floor lamp. However, this isn’t a requirement to use this idea. It’s just an instance of the best use case.

3. Center Your Rug

You’ll typically be aiming for this rug placement by default, but it isn’t as unexciting as it seems. Depending on the size and design of your home, centering your wrong might be the best option.

Since centering your rug perfectly may make your room look smaller, this placement idea is best for larger rooms. Centering your rug also creates extra space around it for adding extra elements to the room’s design.

If your sectional sofa has darker color shades than your rug, centering your rug might be a great idea. If the placement doesn’t appeal to you after the fact, you can always swap it out for an alternative.

4. Combine Multiple Rugs in a Layer

If you’ve been following this article from the start, you should know that you’re not limited to a single rug. Sometimes, you may discover a rug with an endearing design but a small size. In that case, you don’t have to let go of the rug.

Instead, you can buy it at the minuscule size and buy a larger rug that matches vaguely. Then, you can create a layer with the larger rug underneath, giving your room a heterogeneous look. If you’re doing this, however, you want to be sure that the colors did match vaguely.

If you try to layer two rugs with completely different colors and textures, you can already imagine the result. If you can’t, it will look weird and out of place; you’re welcome.

5. Go For a Diagonal Design

If you want a design that looks different, you may want to go for a diagonal design. While it isn’t what you’ll find in most homes, it’s a perfect way to make your room look somewhat larger.

To get a diagonal design, you must use a square-shaped rug. You’ll then need to place the rug such that the short end matches with the midpoint of your sectional sofa. If the design doesn’t look attractive, you may want to try out any of the other options on the list.

Also, you’ll need to be intentional about placing your rug diagonally. This will help you buy a square-shaped rug with a beautiful diagonal, as that’s the best option for this placement.

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