A rug buying guide by room layout

Tips for how to choose a rug
Add style, comfort and utility to any room with a rug

You might love the floors you have in place already, but that doesn’t mean your home couldn’t use some variety. That’s why rugs make such a great addition. They complement and contrast your interior designs to provide a bold style upgrade. They insulate your feet from extreme temperatures when you’re walking barefoot. Plus, they protect your floors when muddy shoes and pet paws are a problem. In order to find the very best rug for any room in your home, simply refer to our quick rug buying guide.

Rugs are available in a wide range of price points, but beware that you get what you pay for. Less expensive rugs will be less comfortable and stylish from the start, and show signs of age, wear, and tear faster. It is not unreasonable to buy a rug for a price that is comparable to the furniture around it.

Some rugs stand up very well to spills and stains while others are particularly vulnerable. Some can be cleaned at home, and some will require professional attention. Keep these factors in mind as you’re shopping, especially if you have young kids or plan to put the rug in a high-traffic area.

Rectangular rugs are the standard, but there are options available in almost every shape imaginable, including circles, stars, and even famous faces. When debating shapes, consider the amount of space you want to cover and the kind of statement you want to make with your rug.

Rugs can be as small as a doormat or as big as a swimming pool. You want to have enough coverage, but not so much that you carpet your entire space. In general, pick a rug that is two feet shorter than the smallest wall in your space. If you plan to put a rug under a table or couch, make sure that it extends 18 inches beyond each edge. Be sure to check for clearance with doors to avoid bunching.

You can pick a rug that is subtle to the point of being invisible, or bold in a way that makes it the focal point of the room. When considering styles, be sure to consider them in the context of the color/style of the furniture around it, the color of the walls, and the quality of the available light sources. Ideally, your rug will continue to look great even if you make changes to a space.

Upgrade all your floors with Just Around the Corner

Ask yourself: are you shopping for rugs because you want to elevate your interior designs, or are you shopping for rugs because you want to hide an ugly floor? If the latter is the reason, a rug is just a temporary fix. Before you make a purchase, consider replacing the floor entirely. Not only will it look great, but it will also be a lot safer and add lasting value to your home. Save money on the project by taking advantage of special flooring deals available from Just Around the Corner.