Tiled and wooden floors are very practical for when it comes to upkeep and maintenance, but they can be a little too nippy for winter time. If you don’t have under-floor heating or are just mindful of your electric bills, area rugs are an easy solution to warm up your home (and toes) in the wintertime.
Which Rug Is Which?
The good news is that there are rugs to suit every space and budget. But with so many materials, designs, and sizes to choose from, it can be pretty tough knowing where to start. Make the right investment, though, and you’re sure to end up with a rug (or two) that will meet your needs now and for a few winters to come.
The Right Material For Winter
Similar to the clothes you choose to wear in colder weather, you should be considering the material of your winter rugs very carefully. Materials that tend to be too thin will not offer enough protection against the colder elements that can rise from underneath your home, particularly on the ground floor. For that reason, we would recommend a rug with a heavyweight pile, like this, or even a stunning shaggy rug. A dense pile will help ensure that the warm air stays trapped in the fibers and stays inside your house.
The Right Size For Winter
The next important factor to consider when selecting a winter rug is the actual size of the rug. For instance, if you have wooden floors on your ground floor, you can lose a lot of heat from your exposed flooring. Choosing something like a larger area rug is the perfect way to cover up larger spaces of the floor and trap the cold where it belongs: outside your house. Be sure to take some time to measure your space so that you can select your winter rugs with confidence.
Underlay or Insulation
When it comes to staying warm with winter rugs, think about the underlay or insulation, too. At Plush Rugs we offer a selection of rug underlay options that are typically used to prevent slippages on wooden floors and other smooth surfaces. This concept can also be applied to keeping a room warm. With the right kind of insulation material placed underneath a rug, you can pretty much double-up the warming powers of any rug. It also means you can look at a lightweight rug without having to worry that it won’t insulate your room.
Choosing Outdoor Rugs For Winter
Even if you absolutely adore the snow, it can lose some charm once you start tracking water and dirt into your home. This winter, you can prevent snow and dirt from creating that mess in your house by placing an outdoor area rug near your front door. Outdoor rugs are an affordable, easy solution for keeping your entranceway mud and water-free.
Not every type of rug is suited for outdoors, so it’s essential to choose one that will be able to withstand exposure to the elements. For instance, rugs that are 100 percent polypropylene do not tend to fade from mildew or sun exposure. Polypropylene rugs have been designed with the utmost durability in mind and are ideal for wiping off your shoes before going inside.
Another benefit to these kinds of rugs is that they seem to have the look and feel of natural fibers. While natural-fiber rugs are usually a popular choice for interior decorating, they just cannot handle outdoor environments. Polypropylene offers the best of both worlds and you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality.
What Will You Choose This Winter?
One thing is for sure, a new rug has the power to transform the space it is put in. Once you’ve decided on the material and size of your winter rugs, consider if they will be purely decorative or if you’re going to place them in high traffic areas. This will also dictate the colors you choose.
Lighter colors won’t wear as well in high footfall spaces and rugs with detailed patterns are great for frequently used rooms as they tend to camouflage traffic patterns and the odd muddy paw print.
Whatever you choose, we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for at our online store today. You’re also welcome to contact us for advice at 1-800-239-9892 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy hunting!