What kind of rugs to use on laminate flooring?

rugs on laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is hard flooring, which can benefit greatly from having rugs placed on top of it. There are numerous benefits from placing rugs on laminate flooring, and it is an incredibly popular practice amongst Australian families.

A rug that is placed on laminate flooring will look amazing with a soft rug placed on top of it. There will be a contrast between the hard, smooth floor, and the fibres of the material you choose for your rug. All rugs look impressive, but they are most special when placed on a hard floor. They are aesthetically pleasing, and also a pleasure to walk over.

If your home is located in a cold region, or you are worried about the colder months of the year, then you will certainly appreciate a rug on laminate flooring, which can become cold at times. A rug will provide insulation and comfort for all members of your family. Rugs will make your home more inviting, and a warmer place to be.

Rugs of all kinds protect laminate flooring. They ensure that your floor does not get scratched or dirty, so rugs are perfect for high traffic areas where people walk or sit a lot. You can also place them between the floor and furniture, including chairs that are frequently pulled in and out across the floor.

Choosing a rug type for your laminate flooring

All rug types are suitable for laminate floors, however you will find that some may look better than others on the type of floor that you have chosen. Laminate is a modern material, so you could benefit from a modern or contemporary-style rug. You could also enjoy the relaxed style of a flat-weave rug or the sassy appearance of a shaggy rug.

If you are placing rugs in the kitchen or bathroom, remember that there are rugs specifically designed for these purposes. You can also purchase rugs for children’s rooms that have patterns, images and designs that little ones will enjoy.

If your home has an old-world or mature feel to it, you might like to invest in a traditional rug. Many of these come with oriental styles and colours, and you could choose a design that fits perfectly against the shades of your laminate flooring.

Remember though, even though you have a range of rugs to choose from, you will need to purchase an underlay to use with your rug on laminate flooring. This is the most important decision that you will make.

Using an underlay

If you are going to place rugs over hard floors, including laminate flooring, you will need to also purchase a suitable underlay. This is a material that sits between your rug and the floor, but that cannot be seen. An underlay will prevent your rug from slipping across a smooth floor, and if you have children in your home this will be something you will not want to happen. Young children can easily run through the house and slip on rugs, causing serious injuries. Invest in an underlay, before this happens!

Using an underlay between your rug and the laminate flooring will also protect the flooring and provide comfort for the people in your home. An underlay acts like a cushion, so stepping or walking on the rug will be a more comfortable experience with an underlay between it and the floor. Laminate flooring can be hard and cold, and the underlay will provide an extra layer or comfort and protection.

Invest in rugs for your laminate flooring, and your home will be a pleasure to live in.


Rug Size Guide

This Rug Size Guide summary is developed by RugSpot to help you choose the right rug.

How Do I choose the right Size?

The size of the rug will depend on the room and the way you’d like to set it.

Living Room – Consider the rug in relation to the furniture around it as it will affect what parts of the rug you will be able see. There are three to fit a rug in a room.

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Dining Room – For dining room you’d want to have the rug that covers the table and the chairs.  The rug needs to be big enough so that the chairs are pulled in and out on the rug. To do this you need to measure the length and width of the table.

Next pull out a chair as if you are going to sit on it and measure the distance between the back of the chair and the table.  Double up this distance and add it to both length and width of the table to get an approximate size for the rug you’ll need.


Dining Table –  Length 2.00 Meter, Width 1.0 Meter

Chair and the distance allowed for sitting on it, say 0.75 Meter

 Approx Rug –    Length 2.00+2 x0.75 = 3.50 Meters, Width 1.0+0.75×2 = 2.50 Metres

 Tip: If your rug is too narrow or too short, chairs legs will fall off the rug and you’ll have difficulty pushing the chair back towards the table. Repeating this may also scratch your floor.

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Bedroom – There are three room setting

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Below are the approximate rug sizes and with potential room settings.

Dimensions (Cm)     Size                     Suitable Area

120 x 170 Cm                   Small                   Coffee table, children room, Entry area

160 x 230                          Medium             2-3 Seater Sofa

200 x 290                         Large                   3 Seater Sofa, or 4-6 seater dining table

240×330                           X Large               2 x 3 Seater Sofa or 8 seater dining table

380×390                           XX Large           Large Rooms, 10-12 seater dining table

80 x 300                           Short Runner   Short Hallway

80x 400                            Med. Runner    Medium Hallway

80x by Meter                   Long Runner    Very long Hallway See Runners Guide