1. Start with a floor plan....
Choose a furniture layout you like based on the size and dimensions of your room.
2. Measure for your rug based on the space you would like to fill.
If you are a visual person, a handy tip is applying painters tape to outline the area where you may want your rug to go. Remember, the number #1 reason an area rug will look "wonky" in a room is because it's too small for the sitting area. It is always better to go a little bigger than smaller.