When you’re purchasing a quality rug in a showroom, there are a lot of things to keep in mind to make sure your rug is a true investment in the overall look and feel of your room. Size, Colors, Design, Material… and a lot more.
So, let’s jump on in and I’ll show you how to confidently choose the best rug for your needs!
1. Choosing the Perfect Rug
Before you do any shopping, start off by measuring the area you want your rug to cover in your room.
Take into consideration the conversation area within the room size. This is where Post-It Notes can be helpful. Place the notes for the smallest amount of coverage to the largest amount of coverage or simply your ideal size. Rug specialty stores, like ours, can accommodate custom sizes.
2. Take Pictures
When you do venture out to shop for rugs, take photos of your room, fabric samples, and paint chips with you. This will help take a lot of the guess work out of color and pattern coordination.
Shopping at specialty stores where the salespeople are well-seasoned will be helpful in making these decisions.
If you are starting from scratch, starting with the rug will make your decorating process go faster. Using the rug as inspiration is a very ideal situation for decorating.
3. Touch Before You Buy
Buying online, or solely off a photo, can come with issues. Specialized rug stores can often show you a sample if you are ordering something that they don’t have in stock.
How a rug feels and seeing the exact color is a huge selling point, if you think the rug is beautiful. However, if it is woven with a rough fiber and you have children, or like to walk around barefooted, then that rug might not be a good fit for you. This ties into the next tip about knowing your constructions and fibers.
4. The Right Material for Your Space
There are many options whenever it comes to fiber choice. Choosing the appropriate rug can be overwhelming. This is another area where you can also lean on the experts at a specialty store to help guide you to pick the best material for you.
A couple of things you should ask yourself are:
- is this a high traffic area?
- is this an area where spills are likely to happen? How easy it to clean?
- How long can I expect this rug to last?
Wool rugs are a good selection for high traffic areas as well as areas where accidents with spills are more prone to occur. It is sturdy, has a pleasant feel under foot, and it is stain resistant. Just keep in mind that all wool is not created equal – you need a high-quality wool for the best results.
If you are looking for a more luxurious, and softer feeling rug for a bedroom or formal living room then a chenille or silk rug may be a better choice. These rugs have more of a silky texture but do not hold up as well in high traffic areas.
5. Know Your Dealer
I can’t stress this tip enough. Know your dealer! Would you buy a diamond from selling on the sidewalk – probably not. You wouldn’t trust them to sell you a quality piece.
When you shop in our store, we can assure you that you are getting a quality showpiece for your home, one that you will love for years to come. Anyone can sell you a rug, but a quality dealer like us will sell you the right rug for your home, your style, and your price point preference.
Knowledgeable rug salespeople are more than happy to educate you on particular constructions of rugs, fiber choices, and sizing guidelines, so be sure to enlist the help of a knowledgeable professional.
I hope these tips help you feel more confident and informed as you venture out to buy your first high quality, show piece that will become the highlight of your room.