Rug Buying Tips and Ideas

Finding the right rug for your home depends on a number of factors, including the space you put it in, the size you need, and the colors you want. In addition, the construction and material greatly matter, as they help determine the lifespan of the floor covering as well as the comfort. Here are a few tips on choosing the right one for you.

Rug Buying Tips: Think Construction

Construction techniques vary when it comes to rugs, from hand-woven versions by expert crafters to machine-made selections using fast and accurate looms. Hand-woven or hand-knotted rugs involve a labor-intensive process and often a team of weavers working together. This type of construction usually requires a large loom and short pieces of wool. The weavers create knots, and with each row create more pile. They weave various colors and patterns into the wool for decorative purposes. These are durable and feature more knots per square inch than most rugs.

Flat woven varieties involve tightly woven yarn around a foundation. This yields flat results with no knots, similar in appearance to hand-woven ones. Most of these feature the same patterns on the fronts and backs, making them reversible.

Another type of construction is tufted or hooked. Weavers push the yarn through a premade base, and then glue the tufts created in place. In tufted rugs, the weavers cut off the tops of the loops. They leave the loops intact for hooked options.

Braided floor coverings feature a number of construction options, including yard braids, flat braids, and cloth braids. Like their flat woven counterparts, most of these are reversible with patterns visible on both sides. This helps extend the life of the rugs.

Placing Your Area Rug

To help give you a better visual of where your rug will be in the room and what it will look like, mark out the area first with painter’s tape. After you mark it, measure the space and choose something that fits that size, or is close to it.

As a general rule, leave a minimum of 6 inches and a maximum of 18 inches between the edges of your rug and the wall. This ensures it doesn’t cover the entire floor, giving a glimpse of it at the side for design purposes. In the living room, the front legs of your chairs and sofas should be on top of it. This helps unify the space while also keeping it from sliding under your feet.

In the dining room, first, measure the table. The rug you opt for should be at least 24 inches wider on all sides. This way, the chairs are always on it, whether pushed in or pulled out, keeping the floor free from scratches.

Rug ideas for the bedroom are different than other rooms. In general, they should extend 18 inches from the bed on each side. This lets you set your feet down as you climb out of bed onto a comfortable surface.

Keep in mind that these measurements are just general rug buying tips. The size you choose and its position depends on your wants and needs.

How to Buy a Rug: Tips to Consider

In addition to considering the construction and placement of your area rug, there are other things to think about.

First, choose the shape and style of the rug or floor runner. There are many shapes available, from the ordinary rectangle and circle options to unique shapes like stars. The style you choose may affect the overall design of your home. Consider a traditional selection or even a transitional one depending on your home's current design. Prioritizing what you need helps you find the ideal option. If you have children, for instance, one that is resistant to stains and easily washable can greatly help you maintain spot-free flooring.

The next details to think about are colors and patterns. Almost any color is available, but some may be more suitable for your living space and decor than others. Matching your current colors ties them together. But finding a pattern that contrasts your current look is an eye-catching way to help give any room a visual focal point to build your decor from.

For safety, especially if an elderly person lives in the house; consider a low-pile option with secure edges. This helps keep everyone stable when walking on the floor covering. Rug pads are also additional safety features. They keep the carpets in place no matter what. In addition, they also help protect against wear and tear so your investment lasts longer.

Take Care of Your Rug

Increase the longevity of your floor covering by properly taking care of it. To prevent fading and wear in specific spots, you need to rotate it at least once a year. Regular vacuuming is important as well for removing dirt. To keep the yarn and fibers unblemished, use the attachments on your vacuum for gentle cleaning.

Consider the materials, and make sure you read the label. Some materials are machine washable while others need spot treatment or a trip to the dry cleaner. To prevent stains, clean regularly and take care of any spills quickly.

Synthetic fabrics are typically tough enough so they won’t fade in the sun, which makes them ideal for indoor or outdoor rugs. With natural fiber rugs, however, avoid direct sunlight to keep the colors and fibers intact.

When you don't plan on using your rug for a while, store it correctly using these tips so that it lasts a long time.

  • Vacuum and clean first
  • Roll it up with the backing on the outside
  • Wrap it in polyurethane to provide a barrier between the carpet and possible insects
  • Store in a climate-controlled area away from humidity and dampness to avoid the potential of mold and mildew

  • If you're ready to update the decor of your home, use these rug buying tips to help you pick out the right one and keep it looking its best for years to come. We have a wide selection in all the popular colors, styles, and sizes to add warmth and charm to almost any room.