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How to buy an area rug

Living room

The right area rug can transform your space from boring and cold to warm, inviting, and fun. An area rug can bring that extra touch of design to your space and it can also be a functional addition, providing extra padding and warmth under your feet on a tile or wood floor. However, not all area rugs are created equal and it’s important to consider what size, material, and style of area rug you’d like in your home before you make your purchase.


Size: The size of your room and the furniture in the space will help determine what size area rug will be the best for you. If you’re looking for an area rug for under your dining room table it will be important to measure your table and make sure that the area rug is bigger than the area that will be occupied by your table and chairs.

Living room

It can be helpful to pull out your dining room chairs to the degree that they’ll be pulled out by you or a guest and measure the width and length of your potential area rug from there.


Additionally you’ll need to consider the size of your future area rug in your living room before your purchase. Do you want the area rug to fully cover the floor under your couch and coffee table or do you want it as more of an accent piece that just covers part of your floor and furniture? Size is important to factor in when it comes to placing an area rug in any room in your home.


Material: Area rugs can be made out of a variety of materials, and what material you choose may affect its durability, cost, and aesthetic. Heavy duty wool area rugs will be one of the durable options, but they can also be more expensive based on the material costs. Area rugs made out of synthetic materials may be a cheaper option but you may have to replace them more often due to their durability.


Certain materials may also have different design aesthetics as well which might impact your design. You might want to check out a few different materials of area rugs and decide based on how they feel or how they look which material is right for you and your home.


Style: Style can play a big part in choosing the right area rug for you. You will need to consider what color or colors will work for your area rug so that it enhances the design of your space. If you have a very neutral living room and are looking for something to bring in color and a unique element then you might consider an area rug with a large pattern or bold colors.


However if your space already has a lot of pattern going on then you might need to choose a more neutral area rug with a great texture instead. Some area rugs are more traditional, while others have more of a modern flair, so it is important to consider the overall design of your home when choosing the right area rug for you.

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