Question: I am wondering how you handle plugging in lamps when they float in the center of a room. I have heard of people cutting their area rugs so the plug can slip through to the outlet in the floor. Is this really true? What do you do?
Phoebe's Answer: Yes, we do cut rugs—we have even done this to extraordinarily expensive rugs, if you can believe it. There is really no way around it in many cases. We always consult a professional rug restorer before we cut each rug because there is a particular way to do it so that the rug can be sewn back together if needed. Usually it consists of cutting an X. As long as it is done carefully, it can be repaired again down the road. We've done it with wool rugs, seagrass rugs, cotton rugs, etc.
This is where the importance of floor plans comes into play. While to some people it might seem like jumping the gun, we always have our floor plans (i.e. furniture plans) finalized before construction begins. That way, things like floor plugs (and so many other elements) can be taken into consideration. We always position the floor plugs so that they end up under upholstery, such as a sofa, so that the cut spot and cord is hidden underneath. You cannot add floor plugs later unless your house is off-grade (it is nearly impossible if you are on a slab). Here are some rooms with lamps floating in the middle where we had to cut the rug to plug it in: