I’ve had 4 home offices. The flooring varied and included laminate, concrete and carpet. None had a rug. My favorite home office flooring is carpet. My current home office (as well as my commercial office) has carpeting which I like quite a bit for warmth, noise cancellation, and softness.
Area rugs bridge the gap between hardwood, tile or concrete flooring and carpeting. Carpeting is very popular for home offices for the reasons I like it, but it’s not as nice looking as hardwood or tile. Rugs give you the benefits of carpeting (to a certain degree) yet let you enjoy the aesthetic benefits of hardwood, concrete or laminate.
This photo gallery is dedicated to showcasing great home offices that include a rug. The flooring varies from hardwood to laminate to tile to vinyl, etc. The key here is to get ideas on how to enhance your home office with a rug.
A French door opens to this home office with louvered windows and coffered ceiling fitted with recessed lights. It has a rectangular desk and leather swivel chair that sits on a red bordered rug.
An all wood home office showcases a wooden desk paired with black leather chairs along with a vintage rug and fireplace in between louvered windows lighted by wrought iron sconces.
Rustic home office offers open shelving along with a wooden desk and chair that sits on a brown area rug over hardwood flooring. It includes brick accent wall and framed windows covered with wicker roller blinds.
Warm home office lined with huge columns forming an archway offers a cozy area rug and elegant fireplace covered with brass screen. It has wood plank flooring and glazed windows dressed in lovely draperies and valences.
Fresh home office features wide plank flooring and full height glazing with a clear view of the serene outdoor greenery. It has a wooden desk and brown leather chair over a jute rug accompanied by coral round back chairs.
This living room offers a corner home office with built-in wooden desk and black office chair situated next to the staircase that leads to the bedroom.
Craftsman home office with coffered ceiling and natural wood plank flooring topped by a geometric rug. It includes a carved wood desk and brick fireplace lined with a wooden mantel that complements with the wainscoting.
This home office features beige tufted chairs and built-in desks that blend with the wood paneled walls. It is illuminated by recessed ceiling lights along with natural light that flows through the framed windows.
This home office is decorated with an amazing collage portrait mounted on the wood plank wall. It has a brown leather lounge chair covered with a faux fur blanket and a tree stump desk topped with glass and sits on a striking rug.
A glass sliding door opens to this home office with floating shelves and a metal desk paired with a black swivel chair and coral stool over a woven rug.
Contemporary home office decorated with geometric wall arts and a white ornate frame that lays on the gray wall. It has metal desks and modern chairs along with a blue area rug on wide plank flooring.
Beige home office designed with a welcome sign and lovely bordered rug that lays on the smooth hardwood flooring. It has a dark wood desk and chair illuminated by a table lamp and recessed lights fitted on the tray ceiling.
Gorgeous home office accented with red and blue leather chairs that sit on area rugs over wood plank flooring.
An oval-shaped desk sits on the vintage rug in this home office with rich hardwood flooring and coffered ceiling mounted with ceiling fan and recessed lighting.
Huge living room with a corner home office lined with a rustic column. It has a built-in shelf and desk paired with black modern chairs over dark wood plank flooring.
Where to Buy Area Rugs
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- Design Within Reach
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- Home Depot
Office Flooring by Percentage
By far the most common home office floor materials are hardwood and carpet. Here’s a chart showing the percentage of home offices with the many floor materials. This chart and the following table is based on an analysis of 34,670 home office designs.
Table with Specific Floor Percentages
Here’s a table with the specific percentages of floor type for home office.
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Protecting Your Office Floor from Chairs with Castors
When it comes to your home office rug or any floor type for that matter, it’s important you protect it if you have an office chair with wheels. I failed to do this in one home office, the one with the concrete floor. It didn’t take long for the castors to strip away the nice concrete finish. It cost hundreds of dollars to repair that finish.
Likewise, castors can ruin carpet, hardwood and tile over time, especially the finish. My simple solution is to use a clear office floor mat that fits under the desk and extends well behind the desk on which the chair sits.
Here’s an example:
What if your desk chair doesn’t have wheels or castors?
I still recommend the mat because sliding chairs without castors on a rug or any flooring material can still cause damage… potentially more.
Choosing a Rug
When it comes to buying a rug, there are a lot to choose from. You can spend a little or an obscene amount.
The key is getting a rug that looks good for the room and is not too small nor too large. You must decide if you want the rug to cover a small part of the room or fill out the room. Our gallery showcases both approaches. For example, if you don’t care much for the floor material, you can get a large rug to cover most of the room. However, if you have gorgeous hardwood, you may want a smaller rug so that much of the floor is on display as well.
Does rug plushness matter?
No, it doesn’t because if you get a floor mat, your chair will roll just fine on that. Just be sure your mat is large enough so that your castors don’t roll on the rug. Therefore, the plushness of your rug boils down to what you want in a rug.
Rug placement in an office
You have many placement options. Of course, some of the options set out below depends on the size and layout of your office.
- Behind your desk,
- In front of your desk,
- Behind and in front (larger rug),
- In a sitting area only (if you’re fortunate to have a sofa or sitting area in your office),
- Full room coverage, and
- As a greeting mat.
One thing that annoys me about rugs
One thing, which is avoidable, that annoys me about area rugs in an office is when 1 or 2 desk legs are on the rug and the other legs are not. This makes for an uneven desk, which I don’t like one bit. Therefore, when planning out your rug purchase and placement, be mindful of doing so in a way so that your area rug has all desk legs on the rug or no desk legs on the rug (unlike our featured desk at the very top of this page).