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How to Place an Area Rug Under a Couch

How to Place an Area Rug Under a Couch


Do you have a couch that could use a little sprucing up? Maybe an area rug would do the trick! Or are you considering purchasing a stunning white moroccan rug but are unsure how to place it in your home? Knowing how to decorate a room for its total practicality and effectiveness doesn’t always come instinctively to most people. Placing furniture or smaller decorative items in an aesthetically-pleasing way isn’t as simple as you’d think. That’s why there are experts, such as interior designers, who are qualified to give us valuable tips and tricks. 

Learn from the experts how to place an area rug under a couch for maximum impact. We will also provide you with tips on choosing the perfect rug for your space. So read on and learn more about making your living room look luxurious while keeping it functional. 

Instructions for Placing an Area Rug Under a Couch

The way you decorate your home is a personal decision and should be tailored to the available space. If you have a small living space, it can be hard to find ways that your furniture doesn’t take up all the room. One solution is putting down an area rug and then placing your couch on top. Some people might want just one or two inches of the rug beneath their couch, while others will put an entire rug underneath it. Either of these options is a perfect solution for any small-space problem.

Placing your new area rug under the couch is not difficult, but you do need to take some time and be careful, so it looks nice. There are specific instructions for deploying an efficient underneath-the-couch placement to ensure maximum comfort while also looking good. 

1. Get Out Your Tape Measure 

Or your phone – there is now an app for that! Measure the space where you want to place your new area rug. If you place the area rug underneath the couch, it looks best with the rug showing on either side of the couch.  

2. Choose The Right Area Rug

Choose an area rug that is at least as long and wide as the space, AKA your couch, with a bit more space as stated above. Most living rooms look good with an 8’ x 10’ area rug, but it can vary. Other standard sizes are 5’ x 8’ and 9’ x 12’. It depends on the room and the size of the couch you have. But if you’ve followed the first step, you should already know what size you need.

3. Use a Non-slip Rug Pad 

There are so many options out there for area rug non-slip solutions. You can get a rug that already has a non-slip backing; or use a 10x14 rug pad to ensure your rug doesn't slip at all (our rug pads come in many sizes). Even if your rug is going to be placed on carpet, it’s a good idea to at least use a non slip solution. You can read more on How to Keep my Rug from Sliding on our blog. 

4. Center The Rug

No matter what shape or size of rug you decide on, make sure it is centered. This may sound obvious, but a wonky-placed rug will offset the room and make things non-aesthetically pleasing. 

Really, that’s it! Ultimately, it’s not difficult to place an area rug under a couch; you just want to make sure you do it properly to keep your room looking on point. 

Rug Under Couch

Area Rug Dos and Don'ts 

There are many do’s and don'ts when it comes to area rugs. Choosing the right one and placing it in the right spot is essential. Before you go out and buy, there are some things you should know.

  • DO choose a vibe for the room and know what furniture and decor will be in the room before buying a rug. Although, you can always work backward, choose a rug, and center everything surrounding the rug’s colors, shape, and style.
  • DON’T forget to measure your space and your furniture. The worst is buying an area rug and having to hassle with returning it when it’s a few inches too short. 
  • DO buy an area rug that's size is extended beyond the furniture on top of it. 
  • DON’T avoid colors and patterns; embrace the pops of color and the unique patterns to liven up your room. Check out our blue cora for the perfect addition. 
  • DO educate yourself on properly cleaning your area rug depending on its materials. 

Knowledge is power! And it’ll help you make wise decisions when it comes to decorating your home. Resonnaire’s blog offers a wealth of expert information on the various types of area rugs and how to clean them. 


Before rearranging your room and placing that area rug in a place that just doesn't seem to work, make sure you follow our specific instructions. Lift that couch, and the rest is simple!  And if you're still unsure about what type of area rug would be best for your space, don't hesitate to reach out to us, and we’ll help you find the perfect modern rug for your home. 

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