In the market for a new rug but don’t know where to start? Check out our tips below for choosing the best type for your space. From shape, color, style and texture, Next Day Floors has options that work for every home and budget.

Bigger is Better

When it comes to area rugs, the most common mistake is to purchase one that is too small for the room. Always go a bit larger than you think! A rug that fits the space perfectly should lie under most of the key pieces of furniture. It should tuck under the front legs of any sofa, fit trimly under tables, and allow for dining chairs to be rearranged without catching. If you have an exceptionally large area, separate the living space into different zones. Choose a few different sizes and types and try overlapping or layering them. Rugs don’t always have to match, but they should be complementary to each other and the surrounding furnishings.

Budget

As with most things, buy the best option you can afford. Look for a high-quality model woven with natural fibers like silk or wool that will age well over time. These fibers will last the longest and stand up best to regular cleaning and wear. Synthetic rugs, like those made from acrylic, are great for seasonal changes or if you want to test out a new style or color in your space. They typically last for a few years but will start to show age and dirt more quickly than their natural cousins. Depending on your aim there are great options for any price range.

Styles and Patterns

Rugs do more than just make a space feel cozy. They can also act like artwork for your floors. Different textures, colors, and styles can infuse life into the room. Shaggy weaves and bright hues can create a playful atmosphere, while dark, low-pile models with subtle tones can keep things traditional and classy. Look to bold patterns for liveliness and energy and soft neutrals for a more Zen-like feel.

Care and Maintenance

Just like any other flooring option, the care and keeping of area rugs can vary depending on the style. In general, medium to high pile rugs should be regularly vacuumed and deep cleaned once a year. This will keep them free from dust, pet dander and other tiny allergens. Low-pile and flat weave rugs should be taken outdoors and shaken out. Natural fibers, like jute, sisal and sea grass should be used only in low-traffic areas, or replaced periodically, since they do not fare well when exposed to water or vigorous vacuuming. Synthetics are more cost effective but may not last as long since they can trap dirt and oil. Natural wool rugs have a greater lifespan and can be effectively cleaned but require a higher investment up front.

Invest in a rug pad

Once you’ve found the perfect rug, make sure it can stand the test of time by investing in proper support. A rug pad not only prevents slips and falls, but it also can reduce dents left by furniture legs. It cushions hand knotted rugs and ensures the backing retains its strength and durability. For high-traffic areas like hallways or kitchens opt for a rug pad that comes with rubber grips. Lower traffic areas, like bedrooms and living areas, can benefit from a cushioned model. Rug pads are just as important as the rug itself and will keep your new cozy addition looking it’s best for years to come.