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4 Common Rug Placement Mistakes

4 Common Rug Placement Mistakes

When looking for a new rug to purchase for your home, it’s likely you have an idea what room it’s for. You probably have a color or design in mind, but you may not be sure what size rug is best for that room, as well as where exactly it should be placed. These factors are almost as important as the color and design. Don’t allow your new rug to lose its shine because of your placement choice. Taking the time to learn about the importance of rug placement will help you avoid these four common rug placement mistakes.

1. A rug that is too small for the dining room table

The dining room is a perfect place for a rug, but only if it’s the right size for the dining room table. A common mistake is choosing a rug that is so small that the dining room chairs come off the rug when pulled out. If the rug is too small, the chairs will constantly rub against and get caught on the edges of the rug. Whether your dining room table is rectangle, round or oval, there are ways to prevent this from happening.

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To avoid this, allow for two feet from the edge of the table so that the chairs stay on the rug. A good rule of thumb is to go by the amount of chairs your dining room table holds.

The most ideal measurements are as follows: 6 chair table: 8×10′, 8 chair table: 9×12′, 10 chair table: 10×14′

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    10x14 Rug

      2. A rug that doesn’t extend far enough beyond the edge of your bed

      This mistake impacts both appearance and comfort. First off, if the rug isn’t extending beyond the sides of your bed, you’re hiding too much of the rug. Second, you’re causing yourself to step on to the cold floor, which defeats part of the rug’s purpose. The size of your rug should depend on the size of your bed. For the best results, a queen size bed should go on top of an 8×10′ rug. This allows 2 1/2 feet on either side of the bed for the design to show and your feet to land. A king size bed should have a 9×12′ rug, giving you 2’10” on either side. Going with these measurements will make all the difference.

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      3. A rug that looks like a floating island or a postage stamp in your living room

      To prevent your rug from looking like a floating island or postage stamp in your living room, utilize your furniture. Most living rooms consist of couches, coffee tables and end tables, and a rug underneath helps to enhance that furniture and tie it all together. The living room has a little more flexibility than the dining room and bedroom. Decide if you want to place your furniture on or around the rug, or a combination of half on/half off. Just be careful that the rug size you select isn’t too small for the space. If you have a large room with high ceilings, you want the rug to look proportionately sized.

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        4. A rug that covers an entire room, going right up to the edges of the walls

        Instead of purchasing a rug that covers the entire room, allow your current floors to act as the border. A nice hardwood floor, tile or carpet border is bound to break up the room and add to the overall appearance. The recommendation is to have a two-foot border around the edge of your rug to show off your floor, and to prevent the rug from looking like wall-to-wall carpeting.

        Don’t worry if you’re guilty of making these rug placement mistakes, you’re not alone and they are fixable! If you’re getting ready to purchase a new rug, keep these common mistakes in mind. It’s important to make the most out of your rug purchase. Don’t hide away those pretty and comfortable rugs, and don’t place them in ways that don’t show them off well. There’s so much to consider when it comes to interior design, don’t forget the rugs!

        Featured photo credit: Jason Boutsayaphat via freeimages.com

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        Last Updated on July 10, 2020

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

        We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

        So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

        Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

        What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

        Boundaries are limits

        —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

        Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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        Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

        Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

        Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

        How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

        Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

        1. Self-Awareness Comes First

        Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

        You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

        To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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        You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

        • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
        • When do you feel disrespected?
        • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
        • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
        • When do you want to be alone?
        • How much space do you need?

        You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

        2. Clear Communication Is Essential

        Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

        Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

        3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

        Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

        That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

        Sample language:

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        • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
        • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
        • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
        • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
        • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
        • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
        • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

        Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

        4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

        Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

        Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

        Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

        We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

        It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

        It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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        Final Thoughts

        Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

        Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

        Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

        The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

        Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

        Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

        They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

        Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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