How to Choose an Area Rug: 5 Key Factors

Selecting a Beautiful and Functional Rug

The process of buying a new rug for your home can be exciting and intimidating. Understanding how to choose an area rug that’s both beautiful and functional is possible when you know what to look for. Whether you’re working with an interior designer or choosing the right area rug yourself, there are several key points to consider when deciding on a new floor covering.

In this post, we will cover a few of the main factors when finding the best area rug for you. If you still have questions about choosing the right rug for you – please contact us.

How to Choose an Area Rug: 5 Key Factors

  1.   Location – Where is the rug going to be used?
  2.   Budget – Are you planning to replace the rug every few years or keep it in the long run?
  3.   Design –  Do you prefer solid/neutral colors or want the rug to be a focal point of the room?
  4.    The vibe of the room – traditional, modern, warm and fuzzy, etc
  5.   Who is using the rug? – kids and pets, “just the two of us”

Location – Avoid natural fiber rugs in kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms. Synthetic fibers can handle exposure to moisture with less risk of damage. (Excessive moisture exposure can be detrimental to any rug, however.) A master bedroom might be the perfect place for a wool rug, whereas a teen’s bedroom might weather the storm better with a polypropylene or nylon rug. Understanding which fibers perform better under what conditions will help to guide your decision.

Budget – Do you want this rug to be a family heirloom? Or do you want to redecorate again in 4 years? While the price tag on the rug is often directly associated with its quality, this is not always the case. Therefore matching the appropriate material to an appropriate location will help ensure the longevity of the rug.

How to Buy an Area Rug

Design – Busy print rugs are brilliant for under the family dining room table. This is because the use of multi-colors and patterns can help to hide the inevitable food and drink spills from young children. If lighter colors are more your style, understanding the potential usage for the room can help you choose the appropriate fiber. As a result, maintaining your white rug is not too difficult.

Vibe – If you’re aiming for a clean and modern look, the traditional Persian rug might not fit your style. Understanding that area rug and bound carpets can be found in a variety of colors, patterns, textures, and pile heights can help expand your options.

Users – If you have 3 children under the age of 5, you might opt-out of a silk rug in the family room. A practical fiber choice will help to ensure ease of maintenance and long-term satisfaction with your new fine floor covering. In homes with no children or pets, the lighter colors and more technical fibers have a better chance of staying in great condition. 

How to Choose an Area Rug

Who uses the rug plays a big role in how to choose the right rug for your home


How to Protect a Rug

Regardless of where the rug ends up in your house and who uses it, and whether you choose a traditional style or today’s most popular trend, we highly recommend you apply Fiber ProTector to protect your new textile investment. 

Unlike Scotchguard, Fiber ProTector completely penetrates the rug fibers. So when spills happen, Fiber ProTector makes stain release and stain removal a breeze. Fiber ProTector also makes vacuuming and cleaning your rug easier and more effective and improves the air quality in your home. We know this is a huge benefit to any household maintenance protocol.

Rug Buying Guide: Coming Soon

Stay tuned for a material and fiber guide that will help buyers through the rug selection process, including current popular fibers such as sisal, viscose, wool blends, and many more!

Contact Us

 Call 919-556-4641 if you have more questions about fiber choice for your next area rug. We schedule service for Fiber ProTector in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, The Triangle and surrounding areas in North Carolina.

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