Hello there! Thanks so much for visiting today. If you are new here, we are a military family living overseas. I love sharing sharing rental friendly decorating ideas and DIYs and living in small spaces. If you are a regular reader, welcome back friend! I so appreciate you being here. Let’s get to chatting about rugs.
I absolutely love all the rug choices we have available, especially online, but after you spot a pretty rug and then what? Do you know if it will last? Is it the right size? Today, I’m sharing all about rug placement, size, and material to help guide you through your next rug purchase.
Types: There are many types of rugs, I will touch on the ones most commonly used.
Wool rugs are the most traditional and practical. They have high durability and are easily cleaned. Wool rugs may be more expensive but stores like Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, Overstock, RugsUSA, and Wayfair carries them at affordable prices.
Silk rugs are the most expensive and difficult to care for. They are considered pieces of art and are usually hand painted.
Synthetic rugs are the cheapest option and often resemble wool, are fairly easy to clean, and can be more practical for high traffic areas. West Elm, IKEA, and Lowe’s are other places to look for affordable rugs. Also a rug with a blend of synthetic and other materials are great for families with children and/or pets.
Living room options – If you are unsure of what size to use for a larger living space, you can start by measuring the distance from wall to wall and then take away 3 to 4 feet resulting in 18 to 24 inches of exposed flooring around the rug.
Other options– couch legs on, occasional chair legs off, couch and chair front legs on and back legs off, and so on…
There are so many options for rugs, if you are completely overwhelmed these tips will help you get started but they are just guidelines. Feel free to experiment, anything goes! If you have any questions or want to leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!
*Updated from the original post written May, 2013.