There are so many different types of rugs out there that it can be really overwhelming to settle for one. Follow these tips to help you purchase the right carpet for your space:
1. Know rug's general characteristics:
Rugs can be hand made or machine made. Hand made rugs are usually high maintenance and more expensive. They are also beautiful pieces of art for your floors, great investments, and heirlooms. Some artisanal carpets are Oriental rugs, French rugs, Spanish, Moroccan or Navajo rugs.
Machine made carpets can be made by different methods: tufting, weaving, needle-punching or flocking, and can have different surface characteristics depending on the length of the yarns and the texture or design created by the uncut or cut yarns. Taller and thicker rugs will accumulate more dirt and will require more frequent cleaning than low ones.
2. Decide what rug material you would like to invest in.
This guide summarizes for you the basic rug materials out there and gives you some pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.
3. Determine the rug size that works best for your space.
There are several rug sizes as well as shapes you could use in your room. When making a decision, consider the size of the room, the shape of the furniture, and your overall goal for the rug.
Check this article to help you decide the right rug for the size of your room and how to place your furniture pieces in it.
The size of your rug will make the space look bigger or smaller, make the furniture pieces come together creating a conversation area or define different spaces in a multi-purpose room.
I advise you to create a fictitious rug with tape or construction paper to help you visualize how the rug will look in the room before making a big purchase.
4. Compare prices to get the most for your buck.
You definitely don't need to pay a lot of money to find a rug suitable to your taste and style. Take a look at this guide to help you find affordable yet beautiful rugs:
5. Get creative:
If you'd like to to reuse your old rugs or go for a more modern vibe, consider doing this:
Layer two rugs one on top of the other for texture and visual interest.
Use two different rugs together for a bohemian and interesting look.
Utilize two small rugs instead of a big one to anchor the space and lower your cost.
Finally, and to recap, before settling for a particular kind of rug, I'd advise you to reflect about:
1. Your budget.
2. How often will the rug get transited by adults and/or kids.
3. Size of room.
4. Level of maintenance.
After considering all of these factors, you will be ready to make a wise decision. Good luck!
What type of rugs do you own? Why do you like them? Do you think the right carpet can make a big impact in the overall look of the room? I'd love to read what you have to say!