Decorating a Nursery? Keep Baby’s Health in Mind and Use Natural Fiber Rugs

Decorating a nursery for a newborn that’s on the way? Or the baby’s already arrived and you’re wanting to redecorate?

When doing so, keep your child’s health in mind. Some experts claim that nurseries are the “sickest” room in the house, because parents think more about how a room will look rather than about what’s best for the child’s health.

Unknowlingly, parents buy what they think will look cute, rather than what’s safe and healthy. Everything in a baby’s room, from the paint on the walls to the carpet on the floor, can emit harmful volatile organic chemicals (VOC), which can cause breathing problems.

And lung disease and breathing problems, which are frequently associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), are the number one cause of death in infants less than a year old, according to the American Lung Association.

What can you do to prevent potential health problems for your child? Here are a few suggestions–

  • Use eco-friendly paints
  • Avoid vinyl wallpaper which can trap moisture and help mold grow. The plasticizers in the vinyl can also emit VOCs.
  • Furnish the room with solid wood furniture and avoid particleboard, which emits VOCs.
  • Select a mattress that does not contain vinyl.
  • Use Natural fiber rugs

By using natural fiber rugs, such as sisal, seagrass, mountain grass, jute, bamboo or wool, you are using materials that do not emit harmful toxins into the air. In fact, many natural fiber rugs absorb dust and toxins that might otherwise be released into the air in a room.

Bernadette Upton, who has created a nursery in the American Lung Association’s Designer Showhouse in West Palm Beach, Florida, to illustrate that a beautiful room can be healthy and breathable, says, “People don’t realize they could be compromising the baby’s health.”

Using the wrong materials “could be the trigger of asthma and lifelong illness.”

So, if you’ve got a newborn in the house, or one on the way, you’ve got the most important reason in the world to use natural fiber rugs in your home. And Natural Area Rugs is your source for the largest selection and best prices on natural area rugs.

Guide to Buying Your Natural Fiber Rug

Buying an area rug may not be as simple as the novice buyer would hope. Being a room’s centerpiece, choosing the right rug is perhaps one of the most critical decisions you or your interior designer can make in creating the desired ambience or atmosphere for your home. But there’s really no reason to panic. The fact that you’re considering to purchase a natural fiber rug already indicates that you’re moving in the right direction. Natural fibers such as seagrass and wool have always proven to be more durable than synthetic materials such as nylon or olefin. In terms of aesthetics, natural fibers have always gotten the nod of designers since handwoven rugs posses an inherent beauty that cannot be replicated by mass-produced or machine made carpeting. These products’ natural colors and basic patterns can easily match any furniture and décor.  Pattern differences make natural fiber rugs “perfectly imperfect”. When tackling environmental issues, synthetics are out of the question as they’ve often been frowned upon for emitting harmful gases in the atmosphere. On the other hand, natural fibers are hypoallergenic and actually help to filter the air by helping trap contaminants.

To make things easier for you or your designer, we’ve listed a few things that you might want to consider before purchasing your new natural fiber rug.

Request a Sample

Obtaining a sample is one of the best ways of assuring that your rug’s color or pattern would match your room’s furniture. A sample allows you to readily compare the rug material to your floor, walls, furniture and drapes. The last thing you’d want to do is to re-wrap and return a rug in exchange for a new one (there are no returns for made to order or customized rugs).

Take Photos of Your Room

Taking a picture of your room allows you to get a better perspective of how your rug would blend in with your furniture, which is important in choosing the right shade or pattern for your rug. This enables you to compare your rug with other elements inside your room.

Check for Measurements

Avoid the hassle of having to return or repair a rug just because it’s a few inches longer or smaller than what your room requires. Using tape to outline the area that will be covered by the rug will help you visualize the appropriate rug size for your room.

Determine Your Rug’s Purpose

Is your rug to be used in a hallway where you expect significant amount of traffic or under the dining table where you expect spills? Or are you looking for a material that’s soft enough for you to walk on barefoot? It’s important to compare your needs with the characteristics of each type of rug to assure that your needs are met. Please click the following links to get a better idea of the basic characteristics of our natural fiber rugs:

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Use a Rug Pad

One thing that a lot of customers overlook is the importance of buying a rugpad, which could be the best thing you can do for both your floor and your rug. Rug pads provide extra cushioning and that added grip which helps anchor your rug to your floor without damaging its surface. Rugpads create a breathable space between your rug and your floor which promotes air circulation, preventing dirt and bacteria buildup. Using rugpads is one of the most economical ways to help maintain your rug and floor.

These are just some useful tips that might help you decide which rug material would be appropriate for your room. Remember, shopping for rugs should be a fun and enjoyable experience, so don’t restrict your imagination. Go ahead and test your creativity. But if you still have apprehensions about making these decisions on your won, you can always consult a local designer.

Why You Should Buy Your Next Rug From– Our Price Guarantee

Buying a natural fiber rug over the Internet can be intimidating. Believe me, we know. Among other things, you find yourself asking questions like– “How do I know I’m getting the best price?”

We understand. And because we understand, we make sure you get the best value for your rug.

“How do I know I’m getting the best price?”

If you want the absolutely best price for a natural area rug, you need to know that we offer the BEST lowest price guarantee on the Web. Not only will we match anyone else’s price, we’ll lower the best price you find elsewhere by 10%. That’s a guarantee most businesses would never dare make.

Of course, to be totally honest, it’s very rare we find ourselves doing. Our prices are already so low, they’re already well below the prices you’ll find elsewhere. Want proof? Just visit our Testimonials page where you’ll find messages from people like Joyce Abram of Memphis, TN.

Joyce purchased a 9×12 seagrass basketweave rug from us for $289, including free shipping. The best price she could find elsewhere for a similar rug? $440.

That’s a savings of $151. Nearly 35% less than the pricing she had found elsewhere.

And that price was with the rug delivered directly to the door of her home. Had she purchased the rug elsewhere, she might have also had the cost of delivery piled on top of the cost of the rug.

So if you’re concerned about getting the best price and best value for your rug, Natural Area Rugs is the ONLY choice for you. Our price guarantee assures you can buy with the confidence that you won’t find a better deal anywhere else.

Why Wool Sets the Standards in Fine Rugs and Carpets

Why is wool considered by so many decorators and home owners as the standard in fine carpets?

For starters, wool is perhaps the softest and most luxurious carpeting material made. Walk barefoot on a wool rug and notice how the smooth, soft texture feels. Wool area rugs also hold their shape and fresh look longer than any other type of rug.

In fact, that durability makes them one of the best values in rugs over the long haul. Properly cared for, wool rugs can last well beyond 50 years, long after synthetic rugs have probably been replace three or four times.

Wool fibers are naturally elastic, so when they are crushed or stretched, they bounce back to their original shape and design. Synthetic fibers tend to be the opposite. They flatten, pull and wear easily, particularly in high traffic areas or beneath heavy furniture.

Nature has also given wool a few added bonuses: wool is naturally flame retardant and stain-resistant. Expose wool fibers to a flame, and they won’t ignite. They self-extinguish quickly, often leaving behind only a small patch of ash that can be brushed away. Expose synthetic carpets to a flame and you end up with a very ugly patch of melted carpet.

Moreover, as I mentioned wool is naturally stain-resistant as wool fibers tend to repel liquids, the cause of most carpet and rug stains. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a wool rug can’t be stained, but when a spill does get on a wool rug, it usually blots up easily.

Someone in your home suffering with allergies?

You definitely want wool. Wool has the unique ability to capture and hold dust particles in its fibers, cutting down on airborne dust and other particles in the air. A boon for anyone with allergies. There are studies that have shown that wool rugs may even help purify the air by absorbing common indoor contaminants like formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide.

And if the day ever comes that you decide to “retire” your wool rug, don’t worry, unlike synthetics, its biodegradable and won’t harm the environment.

Here at Natural Area Rugs, we offer some of the finest wool rugs available, at prices that make most of our competitors’ jaws drop. If you’re ready to try a wool rug, or would like to check out the styles available in wool rugs, just visit our website, or feel free to stop by our showroom in Beverly Hills.

Changing Rugs When the Mood Suits You

Occasionally, someone will come into our store and have a difficult time making up their mind as to what rug to buy for a particular room.

Sometimes they’re not sure if a particular rug is always going to suit the mood they want the room to project. Sometimes they’re uncertain as to whether a particular style will always blend in they way they want it to. And sometimes they just like to change their minds and do something different every few months.

If you’ve had the above problems, or if you have any other reason you might want to switch from sisal to bamboo, or from bamboo to seagrass or mountain grass, changing th e rugs in a room on occasion is a great idea.

Maybe the season’s changing, it’s getting cooler and you want to switch from jute to a warm wool area rug.

Whatever the mood, season or reason, switching out your natural area rugs on occasion is the perfect way to change the look, the feel or the mood of a room.

Many interior decorators are increasingly finding this to be a great way to give a room a “new” look from time-to-time, without having to completely redo the room.

So if you happen to be someone who likes to change things up from time-to-time, or just can’t make up your mind, try buying several different styles of our quality area rugs, and switch them out as the mood suits you.

Remember, you can view samples of all of our natural fiber rugs online, or, if you’re in the Beverly Hills area, stop by our store. We’re ready to help you and offer decorating suggestions.