Area Rugs

Area rugs can be used to warm a space with texture and color. Different sizes, styles, and patterns mean that area rugs appeal to a variety of different tastes. Selecting the right area rug for your space has more to do with personal preference than any kind of design rules.

What are traditional area rug sizes?

Area rugs typically come in dimensions of up to 12 X 18 feet, including

  • 2 x 3 feet
  • 3 x 5 feet
  • 4 x 6 feet
  • 5 x 7 or 5 x 8 feet
  • 6 x 9 feet
  • 8 x 10 or 8 x 11 feet
  • 9 x 12 feet
  • 10 x 13 or 10 x 14 feet

Some styles of area rugs may be available in custom dimensions or other sets of lengths and widths.

What is an area rug?

Area rugs are smaller than carpets and provide warmth, texture, and color to a space. They can help to organize furniture design or serve as an element of focus in the room by displaying a pattern or artistic scene. Area rugs are easy to clean and can be replaced or switched out if you decide that you want to rejuvenate your living space. White and ivory area rugs are more difficult to clean, but replacing an area rug is almost always easier than replacing an entire room full of carpet or hardwood flooring.

What materials are used to craft area rugs?

Low, medium, and high pile rug, cotton, wool, jute, bamboo, fabric, and even natural material like stones can be utilized to make different kinds of area rugs. Different materials allow for the rug to have different properties. An area rug with pile will warm a space, physically and aesthetically, while a rug that incorporates smooth stones will cool it. Even animal hides and leather can be used in area rug design; textiles vary widely.

How do you clean an area rug?

Cleaning processes for area rugs depend on the type of material they are made from. Medium to high-pile rugs, including shag, should be completely cleaned annually to remove all of the dust and allergens that might be trapped deep in the rug. Vacuuming regularly will address some of this.

Lower-pile and flat rugs should be shaken outside every couple of weeks and hit to remove dust. These rugs can also be vacuumed regularly.

Natural fiber rugs require careful care. Tags with cleaning instructions can help to discern which particular cleaning routines will be helpful.

How do you select an area rug?

There are really no rules when it comes to selecting area rugs. If you are going to use the rug to line your entire space, ensure two feet of floor space around the rug by measuring the room length and width. You can layer rugs for a cozy, artistic effect, or leave them solo to draw more attention to one rug in particular.

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