3 Steps to Shop for a Rug the Smart Way

Rugs accentuate the look of any room you place them in. They also offer benefits such as keeping your feet warm when your floors are freezing. If you’re interested in getting a rug, you will have a problem on your hands. With so many choices available, people often get confused about the kind of carpet that they should buy. To help you avoid this dilemma, here are some steps you should take before you head to a carpeting store or browse through one online.

 3 Steps to Shop for a Rug the Smart Way

1. Size It Right – Look at the room you’ll be putting the new rug in and decide how much flooring space you want covered. Next, measure that space; if the area is close to a standard rug size – say, 4×6 or 8×10 feet – you’ll have an easier time finding a style that works. If otherwise, you may have to compromise a little by going for smaller or larger size. You can also use two rugs instead of one. Each rug will define a separate seating area, creating a look that works well in large living spaces. Another option is to have a broadloom carpet cut according to your specifications and then have it bound. The latter is a service most carpet stores offer, so you don’t have to worry about handling it on your own.

2. Know Your Materials – Synthetic fibers, i.e. nylon, acrylic, olefin, and polypropylene, and wool can be more durable than silk, viscose, cotton, and grasses like sisal or jute. However, all wool rugs shed easily in the beginning. Similarly, though handmade rugs are a lot more expensive than those made by a machine, they are hardly as durable. J.D. Lineberger, the business manager for Masland Carpets in Mobile, Ala comments, “It’s a misconception that handmade rugs are always better-made or longer-lasting.” So for maximum durability, look for a rug with a thick, dense pile. To give you a nudge in the right direction, here’s a tip: go for blends, such as viscose and wool, as they are more durable than a rug made of 100 percent viscose.3 Steps to Shop for a Rug the Smart Way

3. Pick A Style That Works – There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to choosing a rug for a room. However, interior designer Genevieve Gorder has one advice: BE BOLD. “In most spaces, furniture covers about 70 percent of the rug. So if you choose a really strong pattern, not all of it will show, so you really don’t have to worry about going overboard.” Now this doesn’t mean that you should forget about how the rug will look with other floor coverings, especially if you have a house with an open floor plan. One thing you can do is choose styles that are similar in color or patterns. Another great idea is to surround a bright and bold rug with neutral styles that balance out the effect.

Shopping for a rug for your house may seem like a challenge at first, but the task can be a lot more fun if you know the steps that need to be followed.

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