Few items in a home have the decorative prowess to simply pull a space together as a rug. A rug can add an unparalleled depth of interest and intrigue to any place, whether it is the inspiration for the design or a finishing touch.
However, finding the perfect rug comes with its own set of constraints, not to mention obstacles. There are a number of elements to consider, including size, material, style, and make—and having a seemingly unlimited range of options doesn’t make the process any easier.
What to Consider Before Buying a Rug?
First and foremost, determine the room in which the rug will reside and the function it will serve. Is it a statement piece that unifies the aesthetic, or is it a functional element that prevents slips in high-traffic areas? If you have dogs or little children, a delicate vintage treasure is probably not a good idea. Next, consider the rug’s size and form, as well as its style and materials, pile, care and cleaning, and rug pad.
Size and Shape
When it comes to selecting a rug for a given room, finding one that is the right size is critical. “It’s kind of like the Goldilocks rule here,” explains Revival Rugs co-founder and CEO Ben Hyman. You want a rug that fits, big or small. Something in between, like a postage stamp under your coffee table, but not too big. Find a rug that can contain the key parts of a room or act as a buffer between built-ins as a general rule of thumb.
Living room: If your sofa is against a wall, make sure that at least its front legs, as well as the front legs of the adjacent armchairs, are on the rug. In a spacious living room with a floating seating area, the rug should encompass all furniture, front and back legs, with plenty of room around it.
Dining room: Use the size of the table as a guide. The rug, whether round or flat, should reach at least 24 inches on all sides so that even a pushed-back chair can fit inside its range.
Bedroom: Choose a huge rug that fits under the entire bed and nightstands, with extra width on either side, for a more spacious space. In smaller rooms, the rug should cover approximately one-third of the bed’s base; alternatively, consider tiny area rugs on either side of the bed.
For the kitchen and entryway, use a narrow runner or a smaller piece (think 2′ x 3′ or 4′ x 6′).
When it comes to outdoor spaces, larger is better, and you’ll want a rug that’s 12-24 inches shorter than the circumference of the area you’ll be decorating.
Materials and Style
There is an almost unlimited variety of adjectives that encompass a rug’s aesthetic classification. However, more often than not, the material from which a piece is constructed is what influences its aesthetic. According to RugChick.com rug consultant Lisa Wagner, these are the most prevalent material types.
Natural fibres: Wool, cotton, silk, jute, sisal.
Synthetic fibres: Acrylic, polyester, polypropylene.
Artificial silk: Viscose, bamboo silk, banana silk.
Choosing the best material for your area is heavily influenced by your lifestyle and the room in which the rug will be placed. Your aesthetic of choice can also play a role, but keep in mind that you’re never confined to one style or another, and mixing and matching is always a fantastic method to identify what’s unique to you.
A rug’s “pile” is a measurement of the density, or thickness, of a piece. Rugs with a coarser pile will always have more pile than elegant, precisely patterned rugs. Rug pile is classified into two types.
In high-traffic areas like the kitchen, low-pile rugs include shorter fibres and loops (like flatweaves).
In comparison to shag or Moroccan rugs, high-pile rugs are more-velvety and suitable for the bedroom or living room.
Care and Cleaning
It’s unavoidable that you’ll end up with a stained rug at some time, so consider about care and upkeep before you buy. Contrary to popular belief, older or vintage items are more durable than modern, lower-cost items that may lack structural strength.
Because so many corners must be cut to make that rug so cheap, the contemporary rug may have more structural issues than the old one.
Getting a Rug Pad
Once you’ve found your dream piece, the next step is to ensure that it will stand the test of time. This necessitates the purchase of a rug pad. They not only keep you from slipping on a bunched crease, but they also keep dents and floor damage at bay by cushioning heavy furniture.
Choose a rug pad with a solid grip for high traffic areas like the bathroom or kitchen, while a cushioned rug pad will add an extra layer of velvety comfort to the bedroom or living room.
Can’t Decide? Then Layer Them!
Another option is to layer rugs, with a large plain rug at the bottom and smaller decorative rugs on top. on top to anchor separate seating areas.