The Influence of Area Rugs
Area rugs do more than just cover your floors – they offer both comfort and style and can alter the entire appearance of a room.
Whether you're looking for a way to define traffic flow, group together pieces of furniture or add visual interest, The Home Depot has a wide range of quality area rugs to suit your needs.
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Area Rugs: Planning Considerations
Ask yourself what purpose you'd like your area rug to serve. The size should be chosen carefully to ensure it's a good fit with your room size and the placement of furniture. Look for colours and patterns that complement your existing décor and a rug material that performs well based on your room's foot traffic.
Every area rug should be purchased with a corresponding rug pad (rug gripper). Just like carpet padding, rug pads help extend the life of your rug by keeping it in place while providing extra cushioning and insulation. They also prevent moisture and spills from seeping through the carpet and staining the floor.
Area Rug Fibres
Area rugs can be made from natural or synthetic fibres, which help to determine softness, colour and resiliency. Choosing either a natural or synthetic fibre depends on the style of the rug you want, how much traffic you expect to have in the area and price point. Staple fibre uses short lengths of fibre that may shed initially, while bulk continuous filament (BCF) consists of continuous strands of fibre and does not shed or fuzz.
See below to learn about different area rug fibres and their defining characteristics.
Cotton area rugs are available in many colours and patterns, and provide softness and good performance. Cotton is a natural fibre of great durability and strength, and is arranged in such a way that provides a unique combination of resiliency and absorbency.
Bamboo, Seagrass, Sisal and Jute
Bamboo, seagrass, sisal and jute are rough to the touch compared to other fibre types, but provide remarkable strength for a nature-inspired, exotic look. These area rugs are a natural choice for traditional to contemporary interiors, and may also come with a decorative cotton border.
Wool area rugs are soft and resilient, and hold their appearance well over time. Their ability to absorb moisture also prevents static electricity. Wool resists dirt and repels water and other liquids, keeping it clean longer.
It can also retain its pile under the weight of furniture and frequent foot traffic. Wool rugs often shed, but this does not affect the wearability of the rug and decreases over time.
Leather rugs are often made by weaving several strips of leather together for a layered look and feel. These rugs are easy to clean and maintain.
NylonNylon area rugs come in a variety of colours and are a good choice for high-traffic areas. Nylon is a durable, stain-resistant fibre that's easy to clean and requires little maintenance. It stands up to heavy furniture and is also resistant to dirt and moisture.
Olefin/PolypropyleneOlefin/Polypropylene is a popular material for machine-made area rugs because it is soft and wool-like. These types of rugs are stain-resistant, quick-drying and lightweight due to their low-density fibres.
ViscoseViscose area rugs have the luxurious appearance and ultra-soft feel of silk rugs at a lower price point. These rugs are a great choice for living or dining rooms and can also be used as decorative wall hangings.
Area Rugs: Patterns and Styles
Area rugs are akin to artwork for your floors. They come in an endless array of patterns, styles and shapes, with options to match any décor. Buying an area rug should be based, in part, on gut instinct. Keep an open mind and you'll be sure to find an area rug that's both attractive and purposeful. Area rug styles can include:
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Area Rugs: Size
Be sure to measure a room before making your area rug purchase to avoid a poor fit. Here are some sizing tips:
DOIn dining rooms, your area rug should exceed the edges of the table by two feet on each side. The chairs should also sit on the rug, even when they are pulled out from the table.
Caring for Your Area Rug
Properly caring for your area rug will prolong its appearance and ensure it lasts. But not all rug fibres should be cared for in the same way. While some can be cleaned with chemical carpet cleaners, others should be cleaned with mild soap and water. When in doubt, check your manufacturer's recommendation for cleaning methods to prevent invalidating your warranty or damaging your rug.