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.
Airy home office with gray walls and light hardwood flooring topped by a tasseled rug. It includes wooden cabinets and black seats that complement with the floating shelves above the framed windows.
Tropical home office features built-in shelving and black desk accompanied by leather armchair and beige round back chair on a patterned 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.
Chesterfield chairs sit in front of the fireplace in this cozy living room with built-in bookshelves and white coffee table on a round floral rug.
Charming home office with a round back chair and dark wood desk topped with stylish table lamp, photo frames and lovely flower vase.
Natural light streams through the glazed windows in this home office with a stone brick fireplace and a brown patterned rug that lays on the light wood plank flooring.
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.
This home office boasts a wooden desk topped with a white table lamp and brown swivel chair on a beige rug. It also has a panoramic window overlooking a breathtaking view.
A sleek white lighting fixture illuminates this home office showcasing wooden modular desk and metal office chairs over a cream area rug.
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.
Contemporary home office with built-in shelves and desk paired with a black office chair over a wicker rug. It includes a white comfy couch and a unique chandelier that hung from the wooden ceiling.
White home office features inset wall shelves and a rustic desk accompanied by wicker chairs and beige tufted office chair on a striped area rug.
Minimalist home office with floating shelves and a built-in desk fitted with multicolored drawers and paired with a sleek white chair that sits on an eye-catching round rug.
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.
Home office with metal desk and chair on a textured area rug along with a wooden lounge chair by the full height windows covered with gray draperies.
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.
Modern home office with a metal desk and white sleek chair that sits on a cowhide rug. There’s a tufted sofa on the side lighted by a tripod floor lamp.
Neutral home office decorated with a huge canvas that’s mounted across the wooden desk facing gray wingback chairs on a shaggy rug.
Cozy home office with green walls and hardwood flooring topped by a pink area rug. It is filled with wooden furniture illuminated by gorgeous table lamps.
This home office features a front glass cabinet filled with files and storages along with a gray shaggy rug that lays on the light hardwood flooring.
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.
Black leather chair sits at a dark wood desk on a shaggy rug in this home office showcasing white built-in shelving that runs the length of the room.
An open home office situated behind the living room offers a wooden desk and round back chair that sits on a tasseled rug.
Gorgeous home office with a seating area by the glass paneled windows and a lovely area rug that complements with the plum wall.
Fresh home office boasts open shelving along with a wooden desk and chair on a cowhide rug illuminated by white track lights.
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.
A black shaggy rug lays on the light hardwood flooring in this home office offering cozy seats accented with blue pillows and ottoman.
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.
Classic home office with a brown couch and wooden desk attached to the built-in shelving. It includes a beige shaggy rug and skylight that doubles as a window.
Luxury home office with full height glazing and tiled flooring topped by a gray area rug. It is illuminated by a glamorous chandelier that hung from the high ceiling.
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.
An all wood home office with built-in shelving and dark wood desk on a gray patterned rug accented with an indoor plant which adds life to the room.
Home office with a tiled flooring topped by a tasseled rug and louvered windows surrounded with built-in bookshelves.
Fresh home office showcases an oversized wall clock along with a glass top desk and metal bench on a classic area rug.
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.
Black home office offers a fireplace along with a wooden desk and chairs on a slanted layout. It has coffered ceiling and wood plank flooring topped by a floral area rug.
Cozy home office illuminated by a candle chandelier and table lamp that sits on a wooden desk. It has a leather tufted sofa and flat panel TV mounted in the middle of built-in cabinets.
White home office beautifully contrasted with black area rug and leather chair accompanied by a metal desk and white swivel chair.
Green home office filled with wooden furniture and a charming pink rug that lays on the hardwood flooring.
Modern home office with open shelving and sleek white desk and chair that sits on a cowhide rug over wood plank flooring.
This home office boasts floating cabinets that match with the desks paired with black leather chairs. It is illuminated by track lights mounted on the white cathedral ceiling lined with wood beams.
Rustic home office with built-in cabinet and a wooden desk on a patterned rug lighted by an antler chandelier that hung from the wood beam ceiling.
Fabulous home office designed with a gallery wall and fancy chandelier that hung over the wooden desk. It has blue wainscoted walls and herringbone wood flooring topped by an area rug.
Cozy home office furnished with a dark wood desk along with a round coffee table and comfy armchair over a floral area rug. It has built-in shelving and fireplace wrapped in wrought iron screen.
Warm home office features a bordered rug on terracotta flooring and a French door that opens to the patio. It includes a wooden desk and chair lighted by a glass pendant.
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
- Fine Rug Collection
- Luxury Rug
- Rugs USA
- 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).