What’s great about living in a tiny house? While space is a limiting factor, creativity doesn’t cut corners. Every square inch matters and that’s where tiny rugs come into play. Aside from protecting the floor, these rugs add beauty and coziness to your home. They can also show your personality.
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Rugs and Where to Place Them
Rugs have the power to modify and beautify spaces, even in the tiniest of homes. When strategically placed, rugs can act as a partition, separating one area from the rest of the room. If you live in an RV, you can put one rug in the middle or under your bed. And if you have free space on the wall, consider hanging a souvenir rug.
It’s all about choosing the appropriate rug type, size, shape, color and design and matching them to the specific area where it will be placed. If you want a bit of flair and a unique vibe, go for custom-designed novelty rugs.
Here’s a clever tiny rug idea perfect for owners of a successful rug business:
“From Rugs to Riches.”
Here are more clever rug ideas and designs for your tiny house.
The foyer welcomes family and friends to your home. Your entryway rug must also have a welcoming vibe. You can place the rug directly in front of the door when entering. This way, it also prevents dirt from your shoes from spreading to the floor and other rooms. Optionally, you can place the rug in the middle of the entryway, making it the center of attraction.
Scrap the boring rugs that show Welcome! or your last name. Make your visitor laugh or ponder every step of the way. Rugs with creative words are perfect if you love quotes, wordplay and puns. Here’s one clever idea for your entryway rug:
“This house is tiny. If you’ve been invited, consider yourself lucky.”
Imagine a table runner. A runner rug looks similar to that, only larger and on the floor. Runner rugs are long, narrow and rectangular. They are ideal for lengthy and tight spaces. Runner rugs are all-rounders and can be placed in hallways, entryways, staircases, bedrooms, and kitchen and bathroom fronting the sink. Here are some creative ideas:
If you’re a pilot, a flight attendant or a frequent flyer, you can design a rug that looks like an airport runway illuminating at night.
photo credit: Nguyen Hung
Love to swing a club? Surprise your golf buddies with a putting green-designed rug that has a realistic golf ball printed on one end and a hole at the far end. Place a couple of real golf clubs nearby to enhance the vibe.
For bowlers, you’ve guessed it. Design your rug as a bowling lane.
Want to be playful and a little bit mischievous? Place a runner rug with the words “Keep Off” in a space where they clearly have no other way but to step on it.
You can design whatever you like. Creativity knows no limit.
Living Room Rugs
The image above shows a rug that matches the living room’s color scheme. The rug compliments the colors of the sofa, table, blinds, portrait and even the fireplace.
It goes without saying, but your living room rugs should exist to add life to the space. They are area rugs that can make the space feel warm and cozy. These rugs are definitely larger than your entryway rugs or runner rugs.
In fact, you don’t skimp on size when it comes to more spacious areas like the living room. Placed at the center, the rug should cover about 70% of the entire space. Leave about 1 to 2 feet of the floor surrounding the rug uncovered (the space between the wall and the sides of the rug).
If you’re a wanderlust, why not place a world map rug? Make your design personal by adding pins printed on top of countries you have visited.
Love basketball? See who sits on your side of the court with a basketball-themed rug.
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Do you like to play pool? Put an ‘8 Ball’ round rug in your room or this group of vintage pool balls.
Rugs don’t always have to be rectangular. You can be creative and match it with the shape of your furniture. Look at this cleverly designed kidney-shaped rug. It curves nicely with the sofa’s unique shape and complements the coffee table.
Here’s a great idea. Do you have an heirloom carpet or a souvenir rug from one of your trips? Try hanging a rug on the wall instead of placing it on the floor. This way, it’s preserved better and gets the attention it deserves.
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Perhaps the most hardworking rugs in your tiny house are the kitchen rugs. Aside from adding color and character to the kitchen, rugs keep you safe from slipping due to spillages (e.g., water, oil, sauces, coffee, milk or soup). Rugs with great texture and clever designs keep you tapping your feet in a good mood as you cut ingredients, cook food or wash the dishes.
Do you love fishing? Check out this clever fish kitchen rug.
Is your breakfast incomplete without your favorite eggs? This egg rug will keep you cracking to your heart’s content.
After the first month or so, you may notice that your kitchen rug needs to take a bath. So, to keep it clean and preserve its quality, learn how to clean a rug, dry it, and store it properly if you’re replacing it with another one.
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Bedrooms are the coziest places in your tiny home, and the rugs should contribute to that warm, comfy vibe. Whatever design you choose, remember that the bed is the focal point of the room, and the rug you place beneath it must extend about 18-24 inches beyond its edges.
A quality bedroom rug will keep your feet warm night and day and muffle sounds, adding peace to the room.
Perhaps the most interesting rugs can be found inside bedrooms. Adults and kids can have unique bedroom rugs based on their taste and style. Take a look at these clever designs and ideas:
Gamers, get a bedroom rug designed like an extended mousepad or a gaming PC setup.
Little kids can have this Super Mario-themed rug.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, may the force be you with this cool Darth Vadar rug. Of course, you can customize your bedroom rug to whichever movie character or poster you prefer.
Love music? How about a guitar-themed or music playlist rug? That will keep you grooving.
Living with a purry pal? Add these adorable cat rugs.
Safety is non-negotiable when it comes to bathrooms. And bathroom rugs are there as a security measure. Imagine you just took a nice, relaxing bath. When you exit the shower, wouldn’t you think of the possibility of slipping if there’s no rug? You would, right? At the same time, you don’t want your feet to touch the cold floor directly. A bathroom rug will keep you safe from sliding and give your feet warmth and comfort.
While the top side of the rug protects you, the bottom side protects the floor. Excess water will eventually damage the floor, whether hardwood or tiles. The rug absorbs the moisture, keeping the floor dry and preserves its quality.
Bathrooms are not only for relieving. When you’re sitting on the throne, it’s also a place to relax and think. You can add this beautiful reminder on your bathroom rug:
“You can always step on me, but never on anyone.”
Look at these clever “Squeeze the Day and Peachy Clean” bathroom rugs.
Here are other fun bathroom rug ideas:
- “Step up your game.”
- “Try to keep me dry.”
- “I’m on your side. I won’t let you slide.”
Rugs, Roll Out!
Rugs come in various shapes, sizes and designs. Some are simple, classic and single-colored. Others are complex, ultra-artistic and colorful. These clever rugs are a mix of those and more. They add flair, wit, humor, human interest and bits of your personality. After all, who else would use such cleverly designed rugs but a clever person like you?
So what are you waiting for? Ready your rugs, and (with the voice of Optimus Prime) we say, “Rugs, roll out!”