So you’re in need of a good area rug and are looking for local retailers who might have a good selection to choose from. If you live in a big city with a lot of shopping options, you may be in luck. Smaller communities, towns and small cities often don’t have a lot to choose from unfortunately. The good news though, is that it is the 21st century and you are only just a few clicks away from any and all area rugs that you can imagine.
When trying to find the perfect area rug for your home, the internet should be your go to. Why? Well convenience for one. But even more than that, you’ll find great prices and a plethora of options I guarantee you won’t find at any store anywhere near you.
Before you go off in the great world wide web of shopping, read through this brief guide to help you locate the right area rug for you.
Don’t Go Too Small
The first rule of area rug shopping (if there are rules), is don’t skimp on size. This is a big no no. Your area rug will either make or break the look of your room and a small rug can make your room look…well, small. Whether in your living room, hallway or bedroom, you want your area rug to set the boundaries.
Your largest pieces of furniture should be able to easily rest on this rug and then allow for stepping room. This means if it’s going in your living room, it should take up the entire conversation area. If it’s going in your bedroom, you should be able to get out of bed and place your feet on the area rug before you stand up and walk away.
Save Money by Layering Your Rugs
Generally speaking, the larger rug you need, the more money it’s going to cost you. There are sneaky ways around this. Try buying a cheaper and not so quality large rug and place a smaller, more expensive and better looking area rug on top. Or buy smaller area rugs and place them side by side, leaving gaps in-between if you can make that work.
Consider Colors Wisely
Have kids? Don’t buy white. Enough said.
Design Your Room Around Your Area Rug
If you are decorating a new room or re-decorating a room, design it around your area rug. Choose the area rug first, then coordinate the colors of the room around the colors of the area rug. The rug should be the center piece of the room and it’s a lot easier to paint the walls and match art work and décor around the area rug you choose, rather than trying to place an area rug in a room that has already been decorated.
Shop Around for Price
There are a lot of great places to find great prices on all different kinds of area rugs. We recommend eBay, Amazon and even Etsy, but there are also some unknown gems like Gnarly Ninja that often carry some very unique and affordable rugs as well.