Tips for Purchasing a Rug

LAST UPDATED: May 02, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Aug 20, 2012 | By: Julie Blanner
I have been redesigning our living room and have tips for purchasing a rug to share with you.  
We began our search with determining the style we wanted, traditional.  You can consider other factors before you determine this, like durability.  Do you want to keep it for a long time?  If so, purchase the nicest rug you can afford, looking for wool or silk. They tend to wear really well and stain removal is much easier than natural fiber rugs like sisal, jute and grass rugs.  Below is the rug we chose.
Measure your room.  The general rule of thumb is to purchase a rug that leaves a 1-2′ border along each wall.  If you’re creating a walkway, you can add more.  For our 13′ x 20′ room, we purchased a 9’x12′ rug, leaving 2′ on each of 3 sides and a walkway behind the couch.  
Develop a color scheme you’re looking for.  Do you want something neutral or colorful?  We chose a rug of greys and sands with hints of blues, pinks and yellows to add subtle color to our room, yet it won’t prohibit us from freshening the decor for each season.  Just a simple switch of artwork, pillow covers or a throw will give the room a new feel.

Shop in person.  Decide what you like and don’t like.  Feel the rugs.  If you find a great deal, congratulations!  If not, write down the information from the rugs you like and shop online.  Yes, I love to shop local, however, a $1,000 savings online can buy a lot of accessories at local boutiques.  This rug was originally found at a large furniture store in Kansas City.  Through, I found it $1,300 less on Overstock.  Yep, same rug.  Coincidence?  No.  I do it all the time with a smile on my face!

Need a custom fit?  Have your carpet store bind a rug for you.  At about $1.50/sq foot, plus the cost of the carpet, you can have a custom rug made.

Having 2 girls, we chose a rug that is durable, will hide stains well, but stains can be removed easily from, but also a rug that we can live with.  It’s beautiful, soft for little knees and feet, and inexpensive {at Overstock} so that if worse comes to worse, we can part with it.  Our furniture and accessories keep trickling in. I can’t wait to share the final result with you!