Area rugs are beautiful and functional additions that work in nearly every room. Area rugs can add warmth, color and texture to a room. Area rugs come in all shapes, styles, textures, and price points. With so many options in area rugs, it can be difficult to choose one. There are a few things you need to know to pick the perfect area rug for any room.
Area rugs can be expensive. It’s one of those design elements where you get what you pay for in terms of quality. Of course, the larger the size, the more expensive the rug. Wool rugs are more expensive than acrylic or polyester rugs. Hand-woven rugs will add to the price tag as well. Also keep in mind the pile, or height of the plush fibers, will factor into price, too. It’s best to set a budget before you go rug shopping so you don’t get your heart set on a piece that you can’t afford. Expect to spend around $200 for a 3 x 5 foot wool rug; $1,000+ for a handmade wool 8 x 10 foot rug.
Runner: A narrow rug of varying length, typically used in bathrooms and hallways.
3 x 5 feet: A do-it-all area rug, great for entryways and bathrooms.
4 x 6 feet: A great kitchen size or for a small seating area.
5 x 8 feet: Nice for small seating areas and foyers.
8 x 10 feet: Ideal for most living room spaces and dining rooms.
9 x 12 feet: Perfect for spacious bedrooms and living rooms.
Before You Buy
Looking at rugs in-person is the ideal way to purchase one. You can see the colors in natural light, feel the fibers, and avoid costly shipping charges. When you are shopping consider opting for a rug pad as well. Rug pads are immensely useful to prevent rugs from sliding on wood floors.
No matter what style you choose, a rug is an excellent way to ‘ground’ a space, add color and texture, and complete the room.