Area Rug FAQs

Adding the perfect rug to a space can make it feel warm, cozy and welcoming. On the other hand, adding the wrong rug to a space can make it look unfinished and mismatched. Rugs can be a big investment and choosing the right one can be a tricky decision. Take a look at these FAQs to get you started!

Why use an area rug?

There are many benefits to using area rugs including cleanliness, cost, warmth and of course, style. Rugs are also very easy to switch out if your tastes change or if you decide to redo your room’s décor.

What size do area rugs come in?

Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll likely be able to find one for almost any space in your home. Some common rug sizes include 3’x5’, 4’x6’, 5’x8’, 8’x10’, 9’x12’ and 10’x14’. Runners, area rugs that are longer than they are wide, are also a common solution for hallways, entryways and smaller spaces.

What are the most common rug materials?

Wool is the most common material used for rugs because of its strength and durability. Wool rugs are perfect for high-traffic areas such as living rooms or hallways. Cotton, silk and animal hides are other common rug materials and are better for areas that don’t get as much foot traffic, such as dining rooms, home offices and guest bedrooms.

How big of an area rug do I need?

The size of the room as well as the furniture in the space will dictate the size your rug should be. In most cases, bigger is better as large rugs usually make the space appear bigger. However, you’ll want to ensure that there’s about 12-18 inches of uncovered space between the walls and where the rug starts. If furniture is floating – or not situated directly against the walls in the room, be sure that each piece can fit on the rug completely. If furniture is against the wall, it’s okay if only the front legs are on top of the area rug. Before you purchase an area rug, try marking the floor with the dimensions using painter’s tape; this will give you a good sense of how the rug will lay in the space.

How should I clean my area rug?

How you clean an area rug will depend on the type of material it’s made out of. Be sure to read the rug’s tag thoroughly or check on the manufacturer’s website before attempting any sort of cleaning. Most rugs can be vacuumed regularly in order to remove everyday dirt and debris. Depending on your rug’s size, you can also take it outside to shake remaining debris off of the rug. If there are stains on your rug, you can deep clean it using a mild carpet shampoo. Alternatively, you can also send your rug out for professional cleaning a couple times each year.

How should I choose a rug color?

If you are looking to add a rug to an already decorated room, choose a color that complements your existing décor, possibly one that matches the wall colors, accent furniture or window treatments. If you already have a lot of solid colors in the space, try finding a patterned rug that combines the core colors of the room. If you’re starting with a blank slate, it’s usually best to choose the rug first and then add in furniture, paint and accessories that coordinate.

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