The cement walls and cold tile floors of dorm rooms can give a dull, uninviting feel to a dorm living space.  It is likely that you have added some color and style to your dorm room with posters, colorful blankets and pillows for your bed.  The e the last step to tie it all together is a dorm rug for your room.  Not only will this add a nicely decorative touch, but it will help retain some heat in your dorm room as well.  This is especially helpful during the winter months when the floors can be cold against bare feet.  When looking for a rug, your first concern may be the color and pattern.  Another important thing to consider when shopping for a rug is the size.  Read on for tips on how to find the perfect size to accommodate the dimensions of your area.

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  1. The 5’ x 7’ area rug is the most popular size for amongst students.  While this size probably won’t reach under your bed, it is large enough to cover the main part of your floor where your furniture and other supplies are located.  More importantly, it will cover the areas where you will do all of your walking and sitting.
  1. The 4’ x 6’ rug is the next most popular size after the 5’ x 7’.  This size provides more versatility in function.  It is a perfect size for placing next to your bed for your own personal rug.  What's more, depending on the specific dimensions of the room, this slightly smaller size may enable you and your roommate to each have your own rugs without overlapping.
  1. For those that are looking for larger alternatives, turn to 6’ x 9’ dorm rugs.  This carpet is not large enough to cover the entire floor, but it is your best option next to installing a wall-to-wall carpet.  This size rug will cover the main area of your room while also reaching the area under your bed.  If you want to purchase this particular length and width, also include a vacuum into your shopping cart. While lighter models may be able to be brought outside and shook in order to get rid of dust, this sized rug will be too heavy.
  1. A smaller, 3’ x 5’ rug is yet another option.  This option is ideal for more specific purposes, such as placing beside so you have something soft and warm to place your feet on when you get up in the morning. They're also useful for placing under heavier objects to help slide them about, like a spacious trunk that normally is housed under your bed.

This list does not cover all of the rug sizes, as more variants do exist.  This covers the basics that will work in most dorm rooms.  Additionally, not all dorm rooms are created equally, so you may want to check with your student housing office to find out the specific dimensions of your new living area.  When considering the size of your room, the décor, and the purpose of a rug, you are sure to find the perfect rug that will create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your dorm room.Image 1

Jun 12, 2015
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