What to Do When a Rug is Too Expensive

It’s 2am. Your eyes are dry and heavy. When’s the last time you showered?

None of that matters. Your eyes flicker back to your bare hardwood floor.

You need to find a rug.

Your eyes scan the prices… $26,152.80… $1050… ooh, $79… wait, that’s for a rug the size of a bath mat. Darn… you keep searching. This is tougher than you thought. Your heart wants that hand-tufted wool rug from India… but your bank account says otherwise. Can you quit yet? You never thought rug shopping would be so stressful.

Flash forward. It’s been four weeks, and no rug. Your hardwood floors are scratched. Your feet are tired from stumbling across the cold, wooden floor. You’re considering cutting up your t-shirts and sewing them together into a makeshift rug. But then, you stumble upon a blog post on plushrugs.com… What to Do When a Rug is Too Expensive.

Your eyes brighten. There’s a glimmer of hope in your future.

Why Are Rugs So Expensive?

Shopping for an item that’s expensive or out of your price range can be incredibly frustrating. Why am I paying hundreds of dollars (or thousands, in some cases) for a piece of cloth that people are just going to step all over?

Trust us, we get it. But rugs cannot be boiled down to such simplicity; there are many factors that go into making a rug. Rugs aren’t just a scrap of fabric slapped down on a dirty floor. Many rugs take time, effort, skill, and patience to construct.

However, this doesn’t mean that you need to give an arm, a leg, and a kidney just to meet the price requirements of covering your hardwood floor.

Three factors of a rug that will affect its price are:

Varying these rug aspects can either raise or lower the price. In this case, we’ll give invaluable tips on saving money on rugs without having to give up quality. As we know, quality is incredibly important when buying a rug. Which would you rather- pay $100 for a rug every two years, or pay $350 for a rug every ten years?

Switch Up the Material

Material is HUGE when it comes to the cost of rugs. What a rug is made of will affect how much it costs, because we must take into account multiple things: How much does the material itself cost to obtain? How easy (or difficult) is it to work with these materials? How readily available are these materials? For reference, here is a list of common rug materials:

Wool rugs are durable and hold their color and pattern incredibly well over time. Because of this, wool rugs are often more expensive.

Cotton rugs are a less expensive alternative to wool rugs, and they dye very easily!

Silk rugs are super soft and easy to dye. They’re shiny and gorgeous- and, once more, typically fairly expensive.

Jute rugs are made from the jute plant, and they’re an inexpensive, natural rug choice. They’re rougher than silk, however, so keep that in mind if you have sensitive feet.

Nylon is a synthetic, durable alternative to wool and silk. As we will see, synthetic rugs are typically much less expensive.

Polyester is another synthetic. While it’s more stain-resistant than nylon, it’s also less durable. It’s less expensive than wool and silk as well.

Polypropylene rugs are probably the most popular synthetic material for rugs. They’re typically treated to be stain-resistant, which means less clean-up hassle for you!

As we can see, each rug material has its pros and cons. Taking money into account, the best materials for savings are polyester, polypropylene, cotton, nylon, and jute. Polyester rugs are arguably the cheapest, although you can find great deals with the other four materials as well. Don’t worry! Less expensive doesn’t necessarily mean worse. There are tons of gorgeous, inexpensive, synthetic rugs, like this dark blue beauty from Seville by Surya, or this fun, geometric rug from City by Surya!

Change Construction Type

The weave of a rug greatly affects its price. As can be expected, handmade rugs that require manual labor are going to be much more expensive. This is true for many things! Think about it: a hand-knitted scarf is going to be much more expensive than one that was made in a machine.

Plushrugs.com offers a myriad of different weaves. Machine-made rugs are made by big machines called power looms. They are manufactured more quickly, and are, therefore, cheaper. However, just as with synthetic materials, this doesn’t mean that their quality is low! Machine-made rugs can have a long lifespan of twenty years, meaning you won’t have to go rug-shopping for an entire two decades.

Hand-knotted rugs, on the other hand, take a much longer time to make because they’re made on a special loom and knotted by hand. When you imagine knotting a big (think 12×15) rug by hand, you can imagine how much time it can take to make these rugs! So, understandably, hand-knotted rugs are more expensive.

Machine made rugs are going to be a great inexpensive option when you’re rug shopping. And, once more, don’t worry about your rug losing all of its quality! There are plenty of beautiful machine-made rugs out there. Take this lovely pale blue, geometrical rug by Surya (bonus: it’s 100% polyester!). If you’re looking for a bold statement piece, check out this incredible bright red rug by Safavieh. As we can see, there are plenty of gorgeous and unique machine made, power loomed rugs out there.

Scale Down

The bigger a rug is, the more expensive it is. The more surface area the rug takes up, the more material you need to make it. Scaling down your rug size is a viable option to save you some money!

Many people use rugs as an accent piece. A common mistake would be to assume you need a sprawling area rug. But an accent rug doesn’t need to be huge! With the right color, shape, and pattern, you can make a statement in your living room without hauling a ginormous rug into your living room.

Check out this bright, tropical masterpiece by Kaleen. There are two color options: a lovely brilliant blue, and a clear, perky yellow. The rug depicts the beauty of nature, starring a parrot, giant palm leaves, a hibiscus flower, and butterflies. This rug is offered in many sizes. However, you don’t need an 8’x10’ to make an impact; the 2’x3’ or 2’6’ would suffice.

Research, Research, Research!

Most importantly, to save money on your rugs, you’ve got to do your research! Annual sales, like Labor Day or Black Friday sales, can cut costs immensely. Be sure to check out plushrug.com’s clearance section: there are a ton of beautiful rugs on sale up to 35% off! They come in every color, size, shape, and style, material you can think of! Sometimes, it takes a little more elbow grease to find the rug you’re looking for.

Finding an inexpensive rug without giving up quality can be tough. However, if you’re an educated buyer who knows what they want, with a little perseverance and know-how, you can find your dream rug for the price you want!

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