How to Select a Rug for Your Home 

Area rugs are more than decorative, they are also functional. Finding the right ones for your home helps you protect your floors from spills and wear and tear from constant traffic. They also absorb noise, especially when placing them in upstairs living and bedroom spaces. Choosing floor coverings depends on several factors, such as the style, material, and color. 

Choosing the Right Materials 

There are several different materials used to make area rugs and floor runners, and they each offer varying benefits. Wool is the most common material. Whether the wool comes from sheep, alpacas, or goats, this type of material is durable, resistant to stains, and incredibly soft. Wool also has excellent heat retention. Moisten the wool floor covering and allow it to dry naturally to remove any pressure marks created by furniture.

Cotton is another natural and versatile option. This durable fabric is resistant to stains and water. It's very easy to clean and most selections are machine washable. Silk styles are luxurious and soft choices. Due to their delicate nature, silk works well in the master bedroom, where you are less likely to consume food or drinks.

You may also choose between natural and synthetic fibers. Natural fiber rugs use materials like seagrass, sisal, jute, or bamboo. Bamboo is soft and comfortable on bare feet. All these natural options are durable and allergen-resistant.If you select a rug that is synthetic, you have the option of using the durable ground covering indoors or out. Synthetics are easy to care for and work well in high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen or entryway.

If you need one for a sunlit room in your house, this type of material works well, as it resists fading, even when in direct sunlight.

Determine Your Style 

Once you know what material you need, consider the style that works best for the room you are placing the rug in. A traditional option is elegant and features ornate patterns and colors while a contemporary or transitional style can be solid, patterned, or textural.

Take a look around your home for ideas on the style that best fits your current design. Braided options have a down-home, country look that works well with rustic and Americana decor. There are also options that support specific themes, such as hobbies, animals, or characters. When decorating to an adult or child's personality or preferences, rugs that reflect their likes complement their favorite spaces in the home.

How to Buy a Rug: Choosing Weaves

Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor rugs, the type of weave you opt for affects the comfort and appearance of the floor coverings. Here are the most common weaves available:

  • Tufted — plush, dense pile for coziness
  • Hand-knotted — uncut loops produce a rounded look
  • Flat-woven — similar appearance to a mat and reversible
  • Machine-made — available in different weaves, including tufted and flat-woven; most made with synthetic materials
  • Tips to Consider Before You Pick a Rug 

    Before you select a rug, there are several other tips to consider and they include:

  • Lifestyle
  • Placement
  • Design
  • Sizing

  • Lifestyle

    The type of rug you need often depends on your lifestyle. If you have children or pets, you need one that stands up well to mud, dirt, and other outside debris. If you have a large family or entertain often, choose something that can take on a lot of foot traffic. Durability is important in this instance, but so is elegance, especially when entertaining. If you have elderly folks in your home, the floor covering should have flat edges and no-slip padding beneath, so that all corners or edging remain intact and it does not easily move its position. As you choose, pay attention to these small details to figure out if it is the right option for your lifestyle.


    Where you place the rugs often determines what material and weave you need for each. For instance, wool or silk selections in the bedroom produce two different feelings. Wool is plush and cozy against your feet, while silk is soft and luxurious. When placing floor coverings in the kids' rooms or a recreation room where they spend a lot of time, cotton is an ideal choice, as the material is easy to clean.


    Do you want your rug to stand out and capture the attention of the room, or sit quietly in the background? If you have muted furniture and design elements in the space, then choosing something that stands out helps draw the eyes to the area of the room where the rug is, spotlighting your decor piece. If you already have colorful furniture, wallpaper, and accents, a muted or neutral design nicely melds into your already interesting space.


    Figuring out how to install a rug in your home often depends on the size of the room and where within the space it will live. Common living room sizes are 5 inches x 8 inches, 8 inches x 10 inches, and 9 inches x 12 feet. The front legs of the furniture should sit on the carpet, with plenty of space in between for walk-through traffic and coffee tables.

    When it comes to rugs, installation ideas for bedrooms are similar. Most interior designers agree that one placed under the bed should come out at least 18 inches on both sides. This gives you plenty of room to plant your feet when you get out of bed, no matter which side you choose. For dining rooms, it should be large enough that all sides have 24 inches left from the edge of the table out toward the wall or open flooring. This lets you move your chair back while keeping it on the floor covering.

    Find the rugs or floor runners you’re looking for today. Choose from a vast selection of sizes, materials, and weaves and grab the right ones to enhance the decor of each space, or find some that add little pizzazz to your rooms.