Mastering the Art of Layering Rugs: a Step-by-Step Guide

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2023-06-09 09:01:21  • 5 mins

Layering rugs is cheaper than buying a single large one, and cozier, too: When you start layering rugs, it begins to feel like home.

Choosing a rug ought to be the easiest part of furnishing a room, right?

Turns out, its harder than it looks.

The rug you love may not be the right size. Or maybe its an antique that could be destroyed by foot traffic. Or its gorgeous but not that comfortable. Or maybe you just cant decide between different styles?

Not to worry: Theres an easy fix. Instead of trying to find a single rug that meets all your needs, you can simply layer rugs on top of each other.

We do it all the time, for both aesthetic and economic reasons, said Heide Hendricks, who founded the architecture and interior design firm Hendricks Churchill with her husband, Rafe Churchill.

Layering rugs, makes it very cozy, and very comfortable, she said. And as Ms. Hendricks, 55, pointed out, buying several small rugs is usually more affordable than buying a single large one.

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