Rug Tips

These comments and observations are based on the considerable knowledge and experience of both manufacturing and selling area floor rugs for over three decades and an acknowledged interior design background.

This page is aimed to assist people to be able to make an informed decision when buying a floor rug and to ensure it is fit for purpose. 

At Rugs For All, we are always interested in easy ways to assist customers to liven up their selected room's decor. If you can only add one item to make a big impact in your space, an area rug is an excellent choice. 

However there tricks or insights that you need to know.

5 things to consider when choosing a new area room rug for your home

Size: Make sure your rug is the right scale for your room.

Colour: Your new rug looks best if it features at least two of your accent colours.

Comfort: Choose a rug you love, but it’s also important that it feels good underfoot.

Care: Check the cleaning and maintenance of any rug you are considering.

Style: The good news is that almost all rug styles are almost neutral — the colour is more important than pattern.

What comes first the area rug or the drapes?

A rug may be considered an accessory, but it can be the foundation of a gorgeous space. We recommend getting the rug first. Often, rugs are the more limiting piece when it comes to pattern, colour and what fits into your budget, so you may want to start with the rug design and move on to the fabrics and paint from there. An area rug should be the "soul of your room”, and the colour scheme, furniture placement and accessories should all connect back to it.

In a large open plan area, create variety and harmony

You can use rugs to create variety in a space. When you use two rugs in a room, be aware that same-sized rugs can visually cut the room in two. Use different sized rugs to create a sense of variety.

When using more than one rug, it's better when the rugs complement each other in style. If not, you could end up with a jarring or unpleasant effect. Too many "warring" patterns in a room will do away with any sense of harmony.

A guideline for the correct size for a room or a specific purpose

When you buy a room size rug, subtract 90 cm or 3 feet from the length and width of the room. Leaving the floor bare at the edges makes the room look a little larger. When laying a rug under your dining table, leave at least  60 cm or 24" of the rug from the edge of the table out on all sides. This enables the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug, even when pulled out to let someone sit. Runners should be 10 cm or 4 inches narrower than your hallway and  50 to 60 cm or 18 to 24 inches shorter. Make sure they are wide enough to accommodate both feet on the rug when you walk.