Want to redecorate but don't know where to start? Work from the ground up by adding a new area rug to your room. Whether you're looking for a traditional Persian rug or a modern carpet runner, we've got you covered. We'll even remind you to buy the rug pad.
Redecorating a room doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. Try adding a new area rug to your space for an easy update. Whether you're looking to tie everything together with a subtle pattern or add a jolt of colour to liven things up, we've got your floor covered from carpet pad to shag.
Measure the space where your rug will be. This will help you avoid buying an area rug that's too big or too small. Most rugs come in multiple sizes, but it's no use falling in love with one only to find out it doesn't come in the size you need.
Tip: A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 8 inches of floor exposed around the perimeter of your area rug.
To determine the size of the area rug you need, try laying out a bed sheet to get an idea of the amount of floor space you want your rug to cover. Measure the area covered by the sheet and use those measurements as a rough estimate for your area rug.
A rug can have a variety of pile heights. Pile heights can vary, anywhere from 1/4-inch for flat woven area rugs, to 1/2-in. for medium pile rugs. High pile or shag area rugs tend to be ¾ in. or longer. Whether it's a short pile or high, it all refers to the thickness of a rug measured in length from the backing to the surface.
A key rule to follow is that high traffic areas in your home can benefit from a rug with some density. Short-pile rugs, on the other hand, are easier to maintain and will generally last longer. If you use a rug underneath your furniture, be aware that high-pile rugs can be vulnerable to indentations and marks from table legs or chairs.
Note: Be careful in cleaning your rug, especially ones with a higher pile height such as shag rugs. The fibres may get caught in your vacuum's rotating barrel, so it is best to either turn that off or use an attachment without one.
Decorating with area rugs is fun and easy. Just follow a few simple rules and your decor will be the envy of the neighbourhood.
Take into account patterns on the furniture and walls in your room, so they don't compete with the rug. If you have furniture or wallpaper with an ornate pattern, choose a subtler pattern for the area rug. If the walls and upholstery are fairly subdued, you can try a busier pattern to add more interest to the room.
If your area rug will serve as the visual focal point of the room, choose one designed with a central medallion. The motif will catch the eye and draw it to that part of the room. However, if there's another obvious central point, for example a fireplace, go with a more repetitive pattern.
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Rug pads keep your area rug properly positioned, preventing it from slipping and sliding. Rug pads also:
For rugs placed over carpet, choose a pad of thin polyester fabric coated with adhesive. This type of pad prevents dark rug colours from accidentally bleeding through onto a light carpet in the event of a spill. A pad made from slightly heavier polyester scrim coated with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) holds a rug firmly on wood or other smooth-surfaced floors.
Entrances are a high traffic area, so you want a rug that's durable and easy to clean. Consider purchasing one made of wool, cotton, or nylon that is slightly wider than your front door. This way, more than one person can stand upon it as they enter or leave the house. A 2 by 4 ft. to 3 by 5 ft. area rug will work perfectly for an entryway; but carpet runners work equally well.
Most entryway rugs have non-skid backing, so you don't have to worry about slipping and sliding when you walk in after a cold, wet walk.
Area rugs for the living room are typically 4 by 6 ft. or 5 by 7 ft. Rugs of this size work well under coffee tables and surrounding furnishings.
The area rug should be large enough to accommodate all four legs of the table and approximately the same length and width of the furnishings in that space. In order to accent the furniture effectively, leave some flooring exposed between the area rug and the furnishings.
Measure the length and width of your table, then add at least 4 ft. to each to get the dimensions of the area rug you need. Most dining room areas require at least an 8 ft. wide area rug.
When people are seated at the table, the chair legs shouldn't fall off the edge of the rug, or when they are pulling the chairs away from the table to seat themselves. This could cause undo wear and tear on the area rug, create snags that people could trip over, or an uncomfortably unbalanced chair.
When placing a room-sized area rug, make sure to leave an equal amount of flooring exposed as a border on all sides. If that isn't possible, try to ensure the borders on parallel sides of the rug are equal.
Place furniture coasters under the back legs to raise them to the height of the rug to keep everything balanced. It's OK if the the front legs of the furniture are on the rug and the back legs are off, so long as the piece is stable.
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