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So you’ve decided that you want to buy a rug?

So you’ve decided that you want to buy a rug but you don’t know what sort of rug will work best for you and the environment in which it will be placed, or maybe you know the sort of rug that you would like but you’re having difficulty choosing a design. The following is meant to be a practical guide to help you discover issues that you may or may not have taken into account when choosing a rug.

Space and Environment

Space and environment are key issues to consider when it comes to choosing a rug, have you thought enough about the space that it will be in and the effect that the design you have chosen will have on that space?

The likelihood is that it has been thought about but not fully considered. Rugs can either open a space up or make a space seem a lot cosier. Depending on the atmosphere, look and feel that you wish to create, there are several key elements to take into account. If you want to create the feeling of spaciousness then light colours and simple patterns are the way forward.

Light colours and simple designs can create an amazing feeling of expansion and really open up a space, however if you are looking to make a space cosier then rugs that have darker colours and more ornate or dense patterns tend to work better. Featured to the right are two great rugs featuring ornate dense patterns for making that space seem more cosy. Most traditional rugs will lend themselves well to this job with their ornate dense patterns however there are also many modern rugs that will effectively make a space more cosy. Don’t limit yourself to just traditional if it’s a modern rug that you would prefer.


Believe it or not size is one of the most fundamental decisions to make when it comes to choosing your rug. The wrong size can make a room look cluttered or far too small. Rugs tend to come in standard sizes:

Small rugs measuring approximately, three feet by five feet (90cm x 150cm) up to approximately four feet by six feet (120cm x 180cm)

Medium rugs measuring up to approximately eight feet by five feet (240cm x 150cm)

Large rugs measuring up to approximately eleven feet (330cm) with anything larger classified as extra large.

Many cheap rugs can be custom made to the size that you require, this is often more expensive and can take a long time but the results can be amazing and in the end provide you with a rug that is the perfect size for the area required. If you see a rug that you like and you require it to made in a custom size then please view the size chart for that collection to see whether or not custom sizes are available, contact us by email or telephone us for a quote and more information.

In general small rugs tend to highlight smaller pieces of furniture say for example a bed or a coffee table whilst larger rugs tend to be for dining rooms, lounge areas and other bigger spaces.

If you prefer to go with one of the standard sizes of rugs but they’re not the actual size that you require it is often better to choose a standard size that is slightly larger than the required size than to choose a size too short. Remember larger rugs can often be tucked under furniture.

The best way to determine the size of rug that you need before placing an order is to lay out some sheets of newspaper in the area that you would like to place your rug and to stick it down with masking tape. When you are satisfied with the area that the newspaper fills you can record the measurements of the size that looks the best. Also bare in mind the area where you will be placing the rug, e.g. If you are placing a rug by a door opening you want the rug to be able to go under the door without it causing an obstruction. There really is nothing worse than buying an expensive rug only to find that it obstructs entrances and exits to a room. Another thing to be aware of is to make sure that the area rug doesn’t stick out into the middle of a door opening because they can often cause tripping hazards.

About Emma Gilbert

Working in the marketing industry since 2002. This blog is one of my hobbies.

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