What to Consider When Buying an Area Rug

What to Consider When Buying an Area Rug

Area rugs provide excellent versatility, as well as, function in your room. They are typically a low cost design option with high impact and a fun way to vary your decor. Area rugs can be machine made or handmade, antique or contemporary. Despite the style you choose, there are some things to consider:
Area rugs are made in all kinds of sizes and shapes, however the most common sizes are 2’x3’, 4’x6’, 5’x8’, 6’x9’, 8’x10’ and larger. When shopping, bring a tape measurer. While a rug may state it’s an 8x10, the actual size may be a couple inches shorter which may or may not make a difference to your décor.
The most common rug shape is rectangular, but rugs also come in round, square, oval, octagonal, or as runners (long and narrow for hallways, etc.).
Area rug tips for specific rooms:
·       When choosing a rug for the dining area, it should be large enough so that when seated at the table, the back legs of your guests’ chairs are on the rug with enough space to push back and stand up.
  • When choosing a rug for your living room or den, you want the front legs of each piece of furniture to be on the rug.
·       If you choose to cover the whole room with your area rug, it is best to leave a 12-inch to 15-inch border of flooring exposed to frame your rug.
Another option to a pre-made area rug is to have a rug made from carpet. Carpet commonly comes in 12’ and 15’ widths. This can be an excellent choice if you’re wanting a rug in a unique style or different size than the standard sizes available.
How to figure out what size rug you need:
For a square or rectangle shaped rug, place a piece of paper where each of the corners will fall in the area you wish to cover. Measure the space and adjust as needed to make the space larger or smaller given the standard rug sizes (or note what size you’d prefer if selecting a carpet to cut into a rug).
If you’re considering a round rug, you can run a piece of tape from the center of the space you want to cover to the outside edge. Measure it to get the radius of the circle. Double it to have the diameter as round rugs are sold by the diameter.
Lastly, if you are considering an oblong or oval rug, measure the space like you were measuring for a rectangular rug. You can run a piece of tape on your floor to determine the length and a second to determine the width.


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