Choosing the Right Rug for Your Space

September 2, 2021 10:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As you choose a rug for a room in your home, you’re probably focused primarily on the rug’s design and aesthetics. But don’t forget to consider the size, the shape and the type, among other characteristics!

A rug that’s too large will dominate the space and potentially not fit in the area you have to work with. A rug that’s too small will look like it doesn’t belong and not provide you with the coverage you’re hoping for.

What are the other factors that should go into determining what size rug you need? Here’s an overview of how to choose a rug for your space:

  • Measure: Measure exactly where you want to put the rug so you have some dimensions to work with. You should also measure the furniture in the immediate area so you can determine if you’ll have enough room to move the furniture around the rug as needed.
  • Configuration: The configuration of your room will determine the shape of the rug you select. Different types of spaces can benefit from different shapes of rugs. A square or rectangular rug is ideally suited for areas in which people will be frequently walking or where the configuration of the room is more rectangular. Circular or oval rugs are great for family rooms, where there is often a natural circle formed to create conversational seating arrangements.
  • Space: The size and shape of rug you select will also depend on the amount of space you have to work with. Round rugs require a little more space, and they also have the added benefit of showing off your floors. Square or rectangle rugs are ideal for tight spaces where you want to create the illusion of a larger room.
  • Traffic: How much foot traffic do you expect the rug to get in a given day or week? High-traffic locations will require rugs that have shapes and materials designed to withstand greater wear and tear. Areas for spaces that are just storage can benefit from area rugs without a pile. High-traffic areas benefit from square or rectangle shapes, and higher piles in the rug.
  • Other design elements: Consider some of the other design elements you have around your home, and choose a rug design that complements them. Your rug doesn’t have to match the other design elements of your home, but they should at least flow together. A good rule is that if you want your rug to be a focal point, you can choose more intricate patterns. But if you want your rug to blend in with its surroundings, it should have basic patterns and neutral colors.
  • Floor type: The type of floor you have may also influence the kind of rug you choose. A hardwood floor will require something durable but also comfortable, for example.
  • Lifestyle: Finally, consider your lifestyle. Do you have small children and animals? Do you tend to eat in the room where the rug will be placed? These are examples of some considerations you will need to make when purchasing a rug.

For more tips about what to consider when purchasing a rug and how to choose a rug for your space, contact Lov ‘N Kare Carpet Center today.

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