How to Choose the Best Rug for a Room

With so many different colors, materials and designs available, it can be difficult to choose the best carpet for your home. There are two things that must happen when initiating a soft flooring project; measure the space and choose material. Rugs represent your room so we would like to give you some helpful tips on how to choose the best rug for a room!

-Inexpensive rugs does not mean cheaply made rugs. We do not like to use the word “cheap” when applied to our carpets, rugs, and services because that usually means poorly made. Here, you can buy a rug inexpensively.We offer high-quality rugs for a great deal. They are not just well made, but also elevates the look and comfort of your room.

-Choose a rug with a texture that contrasts with the other textures in the room. By doing this, you are creating a contrast between rug and floor. Keep in mind, wall and fabric colors should match. By doing all this, you are creating a balance.

-Avoid too small a rug as it will shrink the room

-Use an indoor/outdoor rug in sunrooms and mudrooms. Don’t place an indoor rug in an outdoor area. There are specific rugs made for outside conditions.

People often come in to our Needham showroom with common questions about carpet and rug remnants, installation and other aspects of the rug purchase process. Some questions to ask yourself are

How much traffic and use does the room get?

Hallways with high foot traffic need durable flooring, while bedrooms and dining room rugs are less susceptible to heavy wear.

Why use a rug pad?

Along with preventing your rug from slipping all over the place, a pad will add another layer of comfort and help protect it for years. Don’t be tempted to skimp on carpet padding to save a few dollars.

How do I determine how much hardwood to show around the edges of a rug?

It really depends on what the floors look like. If they are new or recently refinished, you want to show them off. For rugs, it depends on the room, the location of floor vents, and the layout of your furniture. Keeping that in mind, you can show anywhere from 3”-18”. For hall and stair runners, I typically use “the 10” rule”. That means you subtract 10” from the width of the space. For example, if the stairs are 40”, the runner should be 30”. You never want to go narrower than 24” because you run the risk of the runner looking too skimpy.

What type of rug is best for fighting stains?

A lot of synthetic rugs now come with a variation of Scotch Guard to help prevent stains.  However, nothing beats the cleaning ability and wearability of wool. Each wool fiber is naturally coated which prevents the penetration of a stain causing substance.

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