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3 Things To Consider When Choosing An Area Rug

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A bare floor can be unappealing to the eye and cold on your feet! You can give your home a new look with the help of a beautiful area rug.

The right area rug will be a wonderful addition because it will complement your interior design, be comfortable, and be easy to clean. But, how do you choose the right rug?

We will explain the three things that you need to consider to choose the perfect rug for your home.

1. Consider The Space

The first step to choosing an area rug is thinking about the space. You need to know where you want to put the rug before purchasing one because the room will influence the rug size and style that you choose.

For example, if you want to put an area rug in your bedroom, you can likely eliminate an outdoor rug from your search. Similarly, the size of your bedroom will give you an idea about the area rug size you need to shop for. If you want the rug to go under your bed, you will want to search for a rug that will be larger than your bed because it will cover the floor under and surrounding your bed.

Whether you put the carpet under your dining table, bed, or sofa, always measure the room to determine the best rug size.

Considerations For Your Living Room Area Rug

A living room is a central space in your home. It’s where you relax, entertain guests, and spend time with your family. A rug is a perfect choice for your living space.

When you are purchasing a rug for a living room, you will need to think of how you will position furniture around the carpet. Unlike bedrooms, the general rule of thumb is that rugs need to create a focal point in living rooms. This is done by positioning the front legs of sofas or chairs on the edge of the rug. All four legs of a coffee table should rest entirely on the rug.

2. Think About Your Interior Design

When shopping for a rug, you need to consider your interior design. Will the carpet match your furniture, wall color, and decor? Quality design is all about complementing, so choosing a rug that clashes will only make your room look disconnected.

If your walls and furniture pieces are neutral tones, try incorporating a colorful patterned rug like our Aztec and Southwestern designs. The intricate patterns are like beautiful art pieces. But, remember not to select a pattern that is too busy as it could distract from the rest of the room.

You do not always have to opt for a square or rectangular rug either! Round rugs can tie in beautifully to your interior design if you have circular shapes incorporated throughout.

3. Consider Cleaning

Many people purchase area rugs without thinking of how they will clean them. Don’t make this mistake! If you do not consider cleaning, you may ruin your rug because you do not have the right tools to clean it, or you may simply not know how to clean it.

To get a good idea of cleaning, Think about its use, material, and pile when choosing a rug.


How will your rug be used? Rugs in high-traffic areas like the entryway or dining room will experience the most wear and tear. They will also have an increased risk of developing stains because of the spaces (spills in the dining room and muddy shoes in the entryway). Bleaching can also develop due to direct sunlight.


What is the material? While we love hand-knotted, all-natural fibers like cotton and wool, they can trap dirt and become stained easily. Synthetic rugs are typically much easier to clean than natural fibers. A synthetic rug may be best if you hope to place it in a high-use area.

Low vs. High Pile

Lastly, is it a high or low-pile rug? High-pile rugs are more difficult to clean because of their taller and looser fibers. Dirt and debris can easily become caught in the carpet, and vacuums with too high of suction can easily get caught and stuck on a shag rug.

Low pile describes a carpet with fibers that are short and tightly woven into the rug pad, forming a very solid rug. These area rugs are much easier to clean because vacuums rarely get caught on their fibers, and debris can often be wiped or brushed off.

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Southwestern Rugs Depot creates high-quality, ethically-made area rugs in the United States of America. Our rugs are built to withstand high foot traffic but are still soft. Shop online today and enjoy free shipping and a generous 60-day return policy!


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