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Best Tips to Use When Shopping for Rugs

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All too often people tend to pay more attention to the look and less attention to the quality when it comes to shopping for rugs. You can find good looking area rugs all day long but that doesn’t mean they will hold up to the best or worst of situations. When shopping for an area rug, there are four major points to keep in mind so that you make the most educated and informed purchase and don’t end up wasting your money.

Start with a Good Budget

Seems like an obvious place to start but many people fail to realize that good rugs cost a lot. Having a budget before you walk into the store will help you greatly in choosing the perfect rug for any room in your home. The price of the rug is usually based on the material it’s made of, the quality of the rug, the durability, the name of the designer and the size. It is possible to find good rugs at a low price but don’t let that fool you. Not everything cheap is good, meaning most of the time a cheap price mirrors cheap quality and that’s not worth your time.

Measure Before You Buy

Before you leave your home, pull out the tape measure and measure the size rug you need. Seems like a no-brainer, but all too often consumers will try to guess their rug size and be off; either too small or way too large. This can be a costly mistake and not just for your wallet. Choosing a rug with the right fit is essential in a well-designed room. A rug that is too small will shrink a space whereas a rug that is too large will make space feel overcrowded and loud. So, do yourself a favor and measure before you go shopping. The following are some of the more common rug sizes: 

  • 3×5
  • 3×6
  • 2×5
  • 2×8
  • 5×7
  • 7×9

Narrow Down Your Options

Don’t walk into the store day one and expect to walk out with the perfect area rug for your room. Explore your options. Start by making a list either by taking pictures or acquiring rug samples of all the rug styles you love. Go back home and compare them to the space you will be adding the rug to. By narrowing down your options at home instead of in the store you are allowing yourself to make a better decision. You can physically see where the area rug will go instead of trying to play it by memory and this will help you make the best decision in your rug buying adventures.

Consider the Activeness of the Room

Is this rug going into a play room, dining room, living room, or den? Will kids be playing on it constantly? Will items be spilled on it often? All these questions are questions you should ask yourself before making any major purchases on rugs. Knowing the environment you will be adding a rug to will help you choose the right texture and style. If children or food are going to be in the room with the rug frequently it’s a good idea to purchase a stain resistant rug. The durability of the rug should play a major role in your decision.

A good area rug is a great investment but a hard choice to make. Especially if you don’t know what you are looking for. Having all the facts before you decide will aid you greatly in making the right choice for your home. What style rug will you choose today?