Rug Buying Guide

A rug can tie a room together just as easily as it can clearly define separate living areas, a rug is a simple way to update your floors and transform a room.

Here is your buying guide on how to choose the perfect rug for every room in your home:

1. The Room.
There are different rugs for different areas. Consider the room the where the rug will be laid, is it a high foot traffic zone – if it is, choose a rug that is hardwearing and easy to clean. For high traffic areas choosing a rug colour that is dark or patterned will trick the eye and make footprints and dirt less noticeable in between cleans.

2. Size.
Got your tape ruler handy? Good because you’re going to need it. Do not guess this step.

Here are a few rules that you can apply on how to choose a rug size:

  • Avoid “the floating rug” look this happens when you have a small rug in the middle of a room touching no furniture. Apart from adding colour or pattern to your room, a rug helps bring all the furniture together which means you should try getting a bigger size so that it touches or goes under furniture.

 

  • How to choose a rug size can be difficult for an untrained eye, If you are unsure what size will look best in your room, you could try piecing together newspaper or a few sheets of butcher paper and cover the floor space you imagine your rug will cover.

 

  • Buy rugs in person, avoid buying rugs online – buying a rug is an experience, you need to feel the piles beneath your fingers, computer monitors can alter the colour and overall look of a rug – would you buy a new car without a test drive?

3. Shape.
Consider the use of your rug and its surroundings, is it for a living room or a hallway? Are you wanting just a pop of colour or are you trying to make a statement? Don’t feel confined to the rectangular shape, a circular rug might be perfect for a small area to create flow.

4. Colour, Pattern, Style
A patterned rug can add a pop of colour to a room without being too bold and is usually the most popular choice for an area rug.

Not everything has to match or be the same colour, a rug is where you get to be a bit creative and let your personality show.

5. Texture
Different fibres are appropriate for different areas in your home and variances in foot traffic, pets, children and how much maintenance you want to commit to it. Always seek quality over price, a quality rug will last the test of time and most variances.

Here are a few rug fibres to consider:

Acrylic. This is the most economical fibre; it is hard wearing and easy to clean, however, it is prone to tufting.

Polypropylene. This synthetic fibre is also hardwearing, easy to maintain and is a popular choice in high traffic areas.

Viscose. Less durable and a little shiny, if you don’t like your rug looking like it is coated in a fine dewy sheen, then this fibre is not for you. Usually it is blended   with wool and is considered of a high quality, however it is not suited to high traffic areas.

Cotton. Less durable than synthetic alternatives, it has a texture that is compared to sisal or jute and can be quite soft to the touch, however 100% non brushed cotton can be quite rough and may not be suited of indoor use.

Wool. Extremely soft, very durable and natural to boot, the fibres are water repellent which makes it easy to clean and keep clean, it is also heat resistant and fire retardant which makes it the preferred choice for living rooms that have a fireplace. As far as a budget rug goes, wool is not on the list, expect to pay a lot more for a well-constructed wool rug.

Jute. Extremely popular for outdoor use, it is a natural fibre that is exceptionally durable and suitable for high traffic areas.

Sisal. Very hardwearing (even more so than Jute) and perfect for high traffic areas. Not ideal for wet areas however, despite being incredibly hardwearing when it gets wet it can stain and the fibres expand much like coconut coir or soft wood – special cleaning kits are required for cleaning sisal rugs and carpets.

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