Three Keys to Buying the Perfect Area Rug for Your Home

Buying a new rug for your home is easy as long as you abide by a few simple guidelines.

Grey area rug
An area rug can make or break the look and feel of any room, so be sure you’re buying one that’s the proper size, construction, and style to blend with wherever you plan to put it.Safavieh

Buying an area rug can feel like overwhelming decision. There are seemingly infinite options and it’s hard to understand the real differences between them. When you’re shopping for the perfect area rug, you want to think about three main things: the size of the area, what materials the rug is made of, and what style of rug you want. There are other things to think about, but those three are the most important to think about before you make your purchase.

Size

Unique Loom Sofia Traditional Area Rug
Buying too small or too large of a rug can make your room seem unbalanced.Unique Loom

Instead of looking at an area rug as something to fill an empty space, look at an area rug as something that is the center of attention. Get a rug that’s too small, and your room will look off-balance. Get a rug that’s too big, and the rest of your decor will look awkward. Not sure how to determine the size of area rug you need? Here are some things to keep in mind. You want the front legs of your couch, chair, etc. to sit on the edge of the rug. If the rug is for your bedroom, you want it to fall on both sides of the bed.

Material

Safavieh Vision Collection Modern Contemporary Ombre Tonal Chic Area Rug
Some materials are cheaper, but you’re likely sacrifice quality.Safavieh

When it comes to your area rug, determine whether quality or cost is more important to you. Low-grade material will come at a lower price, but that means your rug will suffer. If you have kids and/or pets, you want a rug made of a fiber that can be easily cleaned and that is going to withstand some heavy use. Wool and synthetics are the best materials for easy clean-up. However, if there are allergies in your home, you need to take that into consideration as well.

Style

Unique Loom Trellis Frieze Collection Lattice Moroccan Geometric Modern Yellow Area Rug
Your rug style needs to match your personal style and the style of your home.Unique Loom

Rug style is a very personal thing. The only person who can determine the “right” style for your space is you. One thing you want to think about, though, is what vibe the room has and whether you want your area rug to align with that. If you have a modern living room, then you don’t want an antique-looking rug.