Select a rug that suits the size of your room. In a dinning room, the back legs of the chairs should remain on the rug when they are pulled away from the table. In a living room, only the front legs of your upholstered furniture should be on the rug. Rugs should only be installed on solid floors such as wood or tile. Rugs should not be placed on carpet. Use a rug pad to extend the life of your rug.
Measure the rug.
Cut the rug pad so that it is at least 1 inch shorter than the rug on all sides.
Roll up the rug and the rug pad. Move any furniture back or out of the way.
Unroll the rug pad placing it carefully in the center of the space.
Place the edge of the rug 1 inch beyond the edge of the rug pad and unroll the rug over the pad. If your pad is more than 1 -inch smaller than the rug, change the placement of the edge of the rug accordingly.
Move the furniture back into place.