by The Rug Truck August 25, 2019 2 min read

Area rug layering is all the rage right now, and while it is innately a “thrown-together” look, there are a few simple rules to follow that will help perfect the concept:  

  • You’ll need at least two rugs that are different sizes- the minimum size of the large rug should be an 8’x10’ and the minimum size of the smaller rug should be 5’x8’.
  • The rugs you choose should be on the thinner side- ½” thick at the most. If you want to layer a thicker rug, make sure the bottom rug you choose is thinner.
  • The rugs should be complimentary in either style or color. If you aren’t confident in your interior design skills, consider choosing one rug with a pattern that you love, and one rug that is very simple. A nice choice for a simple rug would be a selection from our Hardwick Hall, Talia,or Tommy Bahama Home Boucle collections.
  • Make sure you purchase a pad for each rug to keep them from wrinkling and creeping! If your bottom rug is going on a hard surface such as wood or tile, our Gold Rug Pad is the right one to use. If your rug is going on top of carpeting, our Platinum Pad is the suitable solution. You should also use the Platinum Pad for the top rug.

While there are no hard and fast rules for placement, the first step is to decide where you want to put the bottom rug. Make sure it’s covering the predominant area that you wish to be covered, and that it is symmetrically framing the space. You can have fun adjusting the top rug, it can be placed on an angle or parallel to the bottom rug. You can even layer a third rug if you’re feeling extra funky!