How to Place a Rug Under a Sectional Couch

How to Place a Rug Under a Sectional Couch – 6 Ways

Sectional couches have now proved to be the most versatile piece of furniture. Be it you placing it in your lounge or your room; they cater to your décor and your comfort effortlessly. But it tends to leave confusion regarding the type and size of the rug they should be placed within. However, it would help if you did not ponder it anymore because, in this article, we will give you a range of ideas on how to style your sectional couch with a rug.

How to Place a Rug Under a Sectional Couch

It is common to use area rugs to increase the overall beauty of the house e.g you can place a rug with bed against the wall. The place where the area rug is lying can be used for placing a coffee or your desired table. This is because it stands as an exception, and with a sectional couch, a rug will serve the purpose of highlighting the area around the sofa where you aspire to place your coffee table. And if yes, then from the front or the side? And if the side, then which side?

Ideas To Place A Rug Under A Sectional Couch

Let’s discuss some techniques of how to place a rug under a sectional sofa.

A Rug In The Center Of The ‘L’ Of The Couch

How to Place a Rug Under a Sectional Couch

To place a rug in the center of your sectional couch, you must opt for a carpet both in terms of width and style, making it prominent within your sofa. Right after choosing an appropriate rug comes the query of placing it. Here it would help if you took measurements of the space within both corners of your sectional couch and then put your repute middle exactly. The carpet can be placed in the center, under your coffee table, or without. It is totally up to you to decide!

Rug Under Your Sectional Couch


The rug under your sectional couch will only be a preferable setting if you consider your sectional couch as one segment of your entire furniture and your coffee table as another. This is because the rug then complies with the usual rule of weightage of the two-piece furniture rule for decor. It will adequately frame your desired area, creating an optical square and a comfortable place for reclining.

For this styling look, you may go with a huge rug to cover all the space in front of your sectional couch and the one beneath it. Do not leave any area around your sectional sofa vacant, as it would be a distractor in your visual field.

A Rug In Front Of The Longest Section Of The Couch


This styling option is suitable when you are looking to create a balanced and organized look for your lounge with a sectional couch in it. Here you must align the length of your rug with the longest section of the sofa, and choosing the longest distance is at your discretion.

This means that the either “L” of your couch will overlap with your rug, and the outcome will be an aesthetically pleasing look to the eye.

Layer Multiple Rugs


If you aspire to go for a unique and electric look for your lounge, then you can do so by layering your initial carpet with several other rugs. For this, you may use a solid color initial rug or a patterned rug that covers all or most of the floor around your sectional couch. Then you counter the simplicity of your initial carpet by placing another mat over it.

However, do note that the colors of your rug may correspond, as you do not want to transform your vibrant-looking lounge into a funky-looking circus. Therefore, to proceed with this method of styling, you may want to consider the theme of your lounge beforehand.

Go Diagonal With Your Rug


You necessarily do not have to follow the usual rules of styling your sectional couch by placing your rug in the most basic manners, and we would say that it is okay to, at times, move away from the rules. So, we say, go diagonal! You can attain an oblique look by simply placing your rug in a slightly slanting way, meaning some part of the rug comes under your sectional couch in a crossway while the rest covers the ground in front of it.

The Ideal Location for Your Rug

Before you buy a rug, it is advisable to lay an imaginary template of the sectional couch and see where it would look best. It will give you a fair idea of the size and shape of the rug. After all, you would not want to end up with a too-small or too-big rug; that completely kills the vibe of the room. The placement is essential because if you do not place it right, it will make your area look cluttered and messed up. Hence, always remember these two words- “right” and “placement.”

The Right Rug For You

After you have decided on the right location, the next thing is to select the right rug. And when we say the “right rug,” we mean two things- size and shape. The shape of the couch will help you finalize the shape of the rug. If it is a rectangular or an oval couch, you can go for a rectangle or an oval-shaped rug. But if your couch has curves, then a round or a sheepskin rug would look great. The second thing to consider is the size of both- your couch and your room. The size of the rug should be in proportion to both these places; neither too small nor too big. It would help if you also kept some extra space for other furniture like coffee tables and end tables.

Place Your Rug at the Center of the Room

This is the most common and easiest way to position your rug. You can place your rug in the center of the room, making sure that all four legs of your couch are on top of the rug.

Symmetrical Placement

One of the best ways to place a rug under a sectional couch is by using a symmetrical placement. To achieve this look, all you need to do is keep your coffee table in the middle of your couch and place your rug accordingly. This way, half of your couch will be on the rug, and half will be off it.

Asymmetrical Placement

Another way to style your sectional couch with a rug is by placing it asymmetrically. For this, you need to place your coffee table off-center and then put your rug accordingly. This way, more than half of one side of the couch will be on the rug while only a part of the other side will be on it.

How To Pair Your Area Rugs And Couch Size

Step1: Select The Right Rug Size For Your Sectional Couch

To proceed with this step, you must first be certain about the design you have in mind for your lounging area or wherever you plan to place your sectional couch. This is because once you are sure of the style, choosing an accurately sized rug will be a comparatively easier task than when you are unsure.

Step 2: Pair Your Couch Size With Your Rug Size

Generally, the frequently suggested rug and sectional couch size pairing are that of a 10×14’ rug with a 98-105″ x 98-136″ L couch. However, you can make adjustments accordingly.

Step 3: Layout Your Space

This means testing and trying different rug ideas to make your perfect pick. You can undertake a space layout by using any vacant rug around the house and adjusting it with your sectional couch until and unless you finalize the look you want.

Conclusion on Sectional Rug Placement

In this article, we have discussed several ways that you can use to style your sectional couch, giving our readers a variety of ideas to pick from. Before choosing any rug for your sectional couch, keep in mind to make sure that you choose the one that would anchor and cater to the space around your sectional sofa. Although the rug does not need to be bigger than your sectional couch, it can be. However, you must try to fill as much space around the sectional sofa as possible and leave less uncovered space around. This will impact further defining your sectional couch and marking it as the center of your visual field.

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Daniel Downey

Daniel Downey is an award winning interior designer, known for his contemporary and timeless design aesthetic. Daniel has always had a love of architecture and design. His work has been featured in magazines and online, and he has received several awards for his innovative approach to design.