How to choose an area rug? 

Area rugs are the most versatile flooring available. Besides giving a decorative and artistic touch to a place, they provide both warmth and protection to the floor. They come in a variety of affordable prices and designs, which can make the purchasing decision more difficult. To help you during your selection, we prepared this informational piece to share with you all you need to know about area rugs before making a choice.

What affects the price of an area rug?

Three factors influence in the price of a rug: construction, materials used and size of the finished piece. Let’s take a deeper look into each one of these.

• Construction- Area rugs are classified by how they are constructed, such as hand-tufted, hand-hooked or machine-made. Handmade rugs require more labor than machine-made rugs; therefore they will be more expensive. Also, the number of details a carpet has and the technique used for its creation will also have a lot to do with the final price. 

• Materials- The fiber utilized in the making of the rug is a crucial component in the price of a rug. You will find that silk is the most expensive fiber. Wool and nylon range from moderate to expensive. Plant fibers, olefin, and polyester are more moderate to inexpensive options. 

• Size- The larger the size of the rug, the more materials, and labor used in the creation of the carpet. Therefore, the more expensive the finished piece will be. 

Size, placement, and shapes:

Most customers will consider adding a rug after essential elements like furniture and wall color are already selected. The perfect size for an area rug depends on the dimensions of the space available and also on whether or not the furniture in the room will sit on the rug or off of the rug.  For a room size rug, a typical formula used to determine the appropriate rug size is: Subtract 3 feet from the room’s width and length, to allow for a “frame” of floor around the perimeter of the rug. Area rugs come in many shapes to complement almost any space. The most popular shape is rectangular, with runners (extra-long rectangle) for hallways coming in second. Round, square, oval and octagonal are also commonly seen rug shapes.

The life expectancy of an area rug will vary from 5-12 years in high traffic areas like hallways or family rooms and up to 20 years or more in medium traffic areas like dining rooms. 

If you are looking for the best area rug for your home, contact us here today. One of our experts will help you identify the best option for you.  

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