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Size Up the Right Area Rug for Your Room

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SmithWerks is a leader in providing professional Area Rug Cleaning. We provide a variety of residential carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and area rug cleaning services in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, the Vancouver area, Burnaby and New Westminster.

The size of a rug can make an important difference to the feel of a room. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

One of the main purposes of a rug is to help define a space. When choosing one, you’ll be considering the floor space you have, what furniture you want on and around it and the connection and balance between the two. Some typical rug sizes are: 4 by 6 or 5 by 7 feet (standard), 6 by 9 ft. (large) and 8 by 10 or 9 by 12 ft. (extra large). Often you can have a rug custom sized. Before you go shopping, use masking tape or newspaper to map out the ideal rug size on your floor and see how your furniture will fit.

Here’s how to choose a rug to define your room.

Living Rooms

Large open-plan areas
If you have lots of space and large pieces of furniture, then choose a large rug but place it just under the front legs of the sofas, as in this room. This will keep the rug and furniture connected and still fill a large space. Typically a 6-by-9 or 8-by-10 rug will be enough to fill larger spaces.

If you have one large sofa, make sure the rug is longer. Or place the sofa just off the edge of the rug for a more abstract feel.

Long and narrow living rooms

If you have a long and narrow space, you probably also have a long sofa. In this case try to have the rug extend the full length of the sofa with a bit of space to spare. A 5-by-7 or 6-by-9 rug works very well. You can adjust the amount of rug that sits under the sofa to fit the width of the room.

Our technicians are skilled at dealing with a wide range of materials from wool to silk. We are also able to deal with unpleasant stains or odours. Ask our representatives for more details. All pricing includes pick up and delivery.

Dining Rooms

In large, open-plan spaces, a rug can help define the dining area and separate it from the adjacent kitchen and other seating areas.

The main thing to remember is that the table and chairs need to fit on the rug with enough of a border so the back legs of the chairs don’t fall off the rug when someone is sitting on them. When the chairs are placed under the table, measure 20 inches from the back legs all around — that’s the minimum size the rug needs to be.

Our technicians are skilled at dealing with a wide range of materials such as silk, wool, rayon and synthetic blends. The right techniques to avoid shrinking, colour bleeding or colour changes.

Ask us about treatments for pet stains and odours.


An area rug is a great alternative to carpet in bedrooms and can look a lot more stylish. The size needed will vary depending on the size of the room, particularly the space you have at the foot of the bed. You want the rug to start after the bedside tables. A 5-by-7 rug is the smallest you could get away with for a queen-size bed, but a 6-by-9 is best.

Kids’ Bedrooms

A rug in the middle of the room provides a focal point, as the various pieces of furniture are usually set along the walls.

Entry Halls

After living rooms, the hallway is probably the most popular place for a rug (in the form of a runner). You have a lot more flexibility here in terms of how long it can be, but you should make sure that the width still allows for a bit of floor to show either side. A typical hall runner is 2 by 8 ft., but runners can usually be cut to any length.

No matter what type and size of rug you choose, we are here to help you with cleaning and maintenance. Let SmithWerks care for your valuable area rugs as if they were ours.

We are wool rug specialists cleaning your Persian, British India and Oriental rugs as well as all other types of rugs. Our service includes stain and odour removal. All pricing includes pick up and delivery.

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For all of your area rug cleaning needs in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, the Vancouver area, Burnaby and New Westminster, call us ( 604-924-0518) or e-mail us today for an appointment.

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