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How to Buy the Right Rug

by Debbie Correale

A rug pulls a room together and anchors the room. For further reading on that topic, review my article titled How to Anchor a Room with a Rug. You may be waiting to find the right rug or not sure what you want. A quality rug can be quite an investment, similar to a piece of furniture or more depending on what the rug is made of and how. If you have bare floors or need to create a conversation area with a rug here are three tips:

  1. Spend some time thinking about your style and what you like. Do you like a traditional look, floral, bright colors, muted colors, patterned, etc.
  2. Understand the smallest and maximum size rug that you need in a room. A general rule of thumb is that you want 18” of bare floor around the rug. In new construction where you have open rooms usually the problem is finding a rug that is big enough. The larger the rug equates to more expensive. Wayfair offers a guide on selecting a rug for a room size and shows how each layout can work, click here to view.
  3. Know your budget and how much you want to spend.

Understanding Rug Construction

You will find that quality rugs are made of natural fibers and good dyes. Natural rugs are wool, silk, or cotton. Wool is fantastic at hiding dust and soil; however, beware of low-quality wool that breaks and sheds feeling like straw. You will find low-quality rugs to be synthetic fibers such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, and olefin.

Here is my personal tip:  If you are the type of person who is constantly changing out your look and don’t care about a high-quality rug, purchase the less expensive one. Or if you have kids and dogs and know it will have high traffic, a cheaper big box store option would be perfect. It is better to have a rug in a room that you know you will have to replace than a bare floor. A rug absorbs sound in an open room, softens the space, adds color, and can pull pieces of furniture together into an area. If you are looking for an inexpensive rug, there are many options at home stores or online (several options are listed in my article referenced earlier on anchoring a room.)

How to Buy a Quality Rug

Educate yourself. If you are starting out the first step is to get educated so you can understand how to discern a fake natural content rug. Visit rug galleries, flooring or furniture stores, antique, and consignment shops. Stay away from the always “going out of business; everything must go” stores that you often see advertised. Here are a few resources:

Don’t Forget the Rug Pad

You need a rug pad to keep your rugs from slipping, to reduce wear, and protect the flooring beneath the rug. Choose a pad made of natural materials, felt and natural rubber for example. These materials will not damage your flooring regardless of type. To understand this in depth, click here to read an article on rug pads.

If you need help choosing the right rug for a room, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up a consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @Redesignright, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, and Instagram. Feature photo licensed from Shutterstock.

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