Sunday, September 24, 2006

Square Pegs

So we got a rug for the office to appease our downstairs neighbors. It seems to be the most problematic room for their noise issues (it's a bedroom for them, we have rolly chairs and a tendency to sit in them after midnight), and it's the room we care least about design-wise (it's sort of our catch-all, whatever-doesn't-have-a-home-elsewhere-goes-in-here room) so it's the best compromise for everyone. We got something very simple and plain, and, resistant to the idea as I was, I actually really like the way it looks in the room.

The room is a tricky size, and standard rug dimensions were making us unhappy for a while, but we figured out a way to make all the furniture work (nothing half off and half on the rug) with a border around the rug (yay, we can still see the wood!) and ordered something. So here's the thing: The room is 8 feet, 2 inches wide. The rug is supposed to be 8 feet wide. Only it's not. It's at least 8'5". Given the nature of the room, we're sucking it up and letting it curl up a little on one side. The edge of the rug comes right to the top of the baseboard, so it could almost look deliberate. I mean, in a fucked up world where people carpet their baseboards.

But it's the principle of the thing that pisses me off. Why on earth would you sell something with a size on it if it's not actually that size? Do they think these things don't matter? I mean, it has to fit in a room! 5 inches is a lot, all things considered.

I just hope those bitches downstairs appreciate all of this.