How Do I Choose the Best Square Rugs?

Mary Ellen Popolo

Square rugs come in a variety of sizes, textures, colors, and patterns. Choosing the best one requires making several decisions about the rug before making a purchase. Factors to consider include the room the rug will be used in, ease of care, quality, and style.

Measuring a room is vital before purchasing a rug.
Measuring a room is vital before purchasing a rug.

One of the most important criteria in choosing square rugs is the color and pattern of the rug. Rugs come in a wide variety of styles, including solids, stripes, abstract designs, and multi-colored designs. Finding a rug that will match or complement your existing furniture and decor requires that you evaluate the space and take the existing furniture and wall colors into consideration. Choosing a rug with bold colors or a striking pattern can add interest to the room. Light colored rugs can brighten up a room and make it feel larger, whereas dark colored rugs can make a room feel warm and cozy.

Ease of care is another factor to consider. Some square rugs are easy to vacuum and can easily be spot cleaned should the need arise. Others are made of fibers that are delicate, and any cleaning would need to be done by a professional. A carpet that is easy to clean is essential for rooms that receive a lot of use, such as family rooms, kitchens, and playrooms.

Durability should also play a part in the selection process, especially if the rug is going to be placed in a room that is used often or in a high traffic area. Rugs that are placed in seldom used locations, like guest rooms, can be chosen more for style than durability since they will not quickly show wear from daily usage. Square rugs that will be used outdoors on patios, decks, or porches, require special consideration, as they must be able to withstand the weather. Only rugs specifically designed for outdoor use should be used as such since they are often specially made to withstand the elements, sunlight, and frequent usage.

Measuring the room is vital before making a purchase so that you can be certain the rug will fit properly. If you are looking for a rug that will cover the entire floor, measure from wall to wall. For an area, or accent, rug that will only cover a portion of the floor space, you need only to measure the space where the rug will be placed.

Most square rugs are store-bought and come in predetermined sizes. When buying a rug you may not find one that is exactly the size you measured for and you may need to go with a rug in the nearest size or have one custom made. Custom made rugs are made-to-order in the right size to fit your space.

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