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What Should I Consider When Buying an Area Rug?

Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky

The first thing to consider when buying an area rug is its function. Do you want it to hide existing flooring that could use an update? Maybe you want to pull together a conversation area and use the area rug to anchor it. Perhaps you want to make a distinction between two different types of spaces in an open floor plan. There are many ways an area rug can be used.

If you wish to create distinction between different parts of your home, an area rug can help define a particular space. An area rug beneath your dining table and chairs is a good solution to help make the dining space stand out from the living space. In fact, you may want to utilize two area rugs. Use a second one to anchor a seating group in the living area. You’ll still have great flow, but you’ll also have visual separation.

Area rugs.
Area rugs.

Another good use for an area rug is temporary comfort. You may love showing off your gorgeous tile or hardwood floors, but in the winter months you might appreciate the warmth an area rug can provide. You can easily roll it up again come spring. If you intend to use the rug as a temporary accessory, to hide existing flooring or to add warmth during cold weather, you may not want to invest as much in it as you would when purchasing a carpet for extended use.

A shag rug can add a different texture to a room with a lot of hard surfaces.
A shag rug can add a different texture to a room with a lot of hard surfaces.

Speaking of things that are temporary, area rugs are a great way to add some color and texture to temporary housing. In apartments, dorm rooms, and other rentals, you may not be able to make any permanent changes, but you may not be too thrilled with the generic look. A great area rug can change the look and feel of a space dramatically, and you can take it with you when you move.

Cost is certainly a consideration. Doing some research on brand names, the quality of the materials used, and the guarantee behind the product, and weighing the price accordingly is wise. Of course, color is important to consider when buying an area rug. It might be a good idea to go with something neutral, in case you later decide to use the area rug in a different space.

However, if you’re choosing an area rug for a child’s rooms, you may want to select something bright or whimsical. There are many cute designs from which to choose that complement children’s décor. For high traffic areas, darker colors are preferred as are carpets that are more substantial and can hold up well under constant use.

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      Area rugs.
    • A shag rug can add a different texture to a room with a lot of hard surfaces.
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      A shag rug can add a different texture to a room with a lot of hard surfaces.