When you’re thinking about “how can I sell my house fast,” the size and placement of rugs is probably not at the top of your consideration list. In model and staged homes, however, rugs are not just an afterthought. Rugs can provide an instant face lift to your home and even add value.
You may be familiar with the KISS technique (Keep It Super Simple) and it’s a philosophy that works well when it comes to rugs. I like to go to my favorite home décor shop, either in person or on line, to find rugs. It’s a simple way to purchase a rug and who doesn’t like simple? I recommend sticking to the basic sizes – 3×5, 4×6, 5×8, 8×10 and 9×12.
When designers like myself put together a model home, rugs go in the entry, formal living room, formal dining room, family room, sun room sitting room and all the bedrooms. Bathrooms get a rug or bath mats. We put down entry door rugs or mats at every entrance. You don’t need rugs in the kitchen, breakfast eating area or hall ways.
Everyone’s personal preferences are different when it comes to rugs. However, most people would agree they like a little softness under foot in their family/living room and in their bedroom. This is especially true if you have hardwood or tile floors underneath.
Where To Position A Rug
Many home sellers question what to do in the dining room. You won’t find any hard and fast rules stating your dining room MUST have a rug. So, feel free to go without, if that is your preference. If you do like a rug in your dining room though, make sure your dining table and the chairs all fit on the rug with an extra two feet of rug around the perimeter, so when a chair is pushed out from the table, it is still on the rug.
In your family room and living room, it’s about centering. You want the center of the rug under the center of your coffee table and the rug centered with the sofa. Make sense? Most family rooms can accommodate a 5 x 8 area rug, unless you have a really big room, in which case you may choose to go with an 8×10 or a 9×12 rug. There is no special rule dictating that the feet of the sofa should or should not be on the rug. My personal preference is to position the two front legs of the sofa on the rug but you don’t have to put them there.
For really large spaces that are divided into two separate areas, you can use the same exact rug in each section. Alternatively, when you have two rooms that are connecting, you can either use the same rug in each of those rooms or two different but coordinating rugs, thereby keeping the flow of the home in harmony.
In the bedrooms, follow the same rule as in the family/living room. Center the rug under the center of the bed, leaving an extra two feet of rug past the perimeter of the side and foot of the bed. I recommend laying the rug so that the long end is horizontal with the bed. Sometimes though, a simple small rug next to the side of the bed (where your feet hit when getting in and out of bed) works beautifully!
As you can see, there are no steadfast rules with rugs. Play with them and make adjustments until they function properly and feel right to you. That you are happy with the outcome and they contribute to portraying your home in the best light to home buyers for selling your house fast is what matters most.
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s ” My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.
If your home needs more than rugs to make it ready for sale on the retail market and you don’t have the time, energy or resources for the upgrades, call Express Homebuyers at (877) 804-5252 today. We’ll make you a fair cash offer on your home, as-is – no repairs necessary.