What kind of rugs do you prefer? Plush? Soft? Stiff? Flat weave? Or perhaps a mix?
What about busy patterns and vibrant colors? Or would you prefer your rug to be a neutral backdrop?
There are a lot of questions to consider when choosing rugs for your space, so we’ve put together a handy list of need-to-know tips to make the decision easier.
Know Your Fibers
Wool – wool has been the choice of rug makers for a long time and rightfully so: it stands up well to traffic, offers soft cushioning underfoot and overtime takes on a tarnish that adds to a room’s character. Wool rugs are usually thicker than other varieties, making them cozy and durable.
For a thin wool rug, there are flat weave options.
Cotton – more affordable than wool rugs, cotton rugs are usually braided or flat weave. Since the material dyes easily, you will find a wide range of colors. Cotton rugs are wonderful options because they are machine-washable. Compared to wool, they are soft and less durable.
Sisal, Seagrass, Jute – these natural fibers offer durable and textured floor coverings. All three of these fibers come directly from plants as grasses, without the processing undergone by other natural plant fibers like cotton. Jute is softer while sisal is the strongest of the three. They’re a great choice if you have wool allergies.
Viscose and Silk – these materials are often used in combination with wool rugs. The iridescent sheen of silk, and the less expensive viscose, adds highlights to the piece, giving definition to the design.
Polypropylene – this stain-resistant synthetic fiber repels water and stains, making it a good choice as an outdoor or pet-friendly rug. Polypropylene rugs come in many styles and frequently look much like wool. However, their resistance to staining and water make them awesome for transitional spaces, kitchens, and winter weather.
Know Your Weaves
Hand-knotted – probably the most labor-intensive rug to produce, this weave involves individual yarns being knotted around pairs of warp yarns that run through the length of the rug. The more knots per square inch, the more valuable the rug. Two main types of knots are used: Turkish and Persian.
Tufted – this weave can be produced by machine or hand. Loops of yarn are pulled through backing material and then sheared for a smooth surface. Then another layer of cloth is added to the back of the rug and that holds the loops in place.
Hooked – similar to a tufted variety, during production yarns are pulled through backing and another sheet of cloth is attached to the back to keep the loops in place. The pile remains looped.
Flat weave – these are rugs with knots or piles. Flat weave rugs are made on a loom and then threaded through the warps.
Choosing a Rug for Different Rooms
It’s important to get the size of the rug right for the room it’s going to be in. If you want to cover the entire floor, choose large rugs that are just two feet shorter than the room’s smallest wall.
Aim to leave an equal amount of flooring showing on each side. For example, a 12” x 14” room should have a rug that’s no more than 10” wide.
Consider how your furniture is laid out. If you have several areas within one room where people could come together, give each its own plush rug. For example, one kitchen may have a counter area for quick eating, a dining table, a desk or mail area, as well as the spot in front of the sink where we tend to spend a lot of time standing and working. Defining each of these spaces with a rug can help break up a large room, and make each spot feel special and desirable. The rugs don’t need to match, but they do need to be tied together with texture, design or color. To keep your arrangements interesting, pick rugs of varying sizes if your furniture arrangement can fit with that.
If you have one overall lay out, choose one rug as a focal point. If you want it to encompass all your furniture, measure the perimeter of the furniture grouping and add 24” to the width and length. That should allow you to keep all four legs of the furniture on the rug while still baring a border of bare floor.
Shag rugs add warmth and texture to a large living room.
If you want a runner or thinner rug for the entryway, swing the front door open and measure the floor from that point.
If you’re measuring for a hall rug, make sure about six inches of the floor is showing on all sides. Measure the hallway and subtract 12” from the width and length.
A rug in a dining room should extend to 18” beyond the edge of the table. That way it will accommodate the chairs even when your guests push back from the table.
To figure out this measurement, measure the width and length of the table and then add around 4 feet to each measurement. Try to keep the rug small enough that china cabinets, buffets and other pieces of furniture aren’t on the rug.
To measure you bedroom for the perfect rug, measure the bed and add 24” to both the left and right sides. Alternatively, you could place a runner on either side of the bed and even one at the end.
Different Textures Work Better in Different Rooms
Once you’ve sized up your rooms, you’ll want to think about textures.
Polypropylene works well in high foot-traffic areas, like the hall and entrance ways and wool rugs add ambiance and sophistication to dining and living rooms. If you suffer from allergies, go for natural fibers for the bedroom.
Plush Rugs stocks a large range of fibers, colors and designs. Have a look at our range today.