How To Choose The Right Rug For Your Home
Are you thinking of getting a rug for your home? With all the options available, how do you pick the right one?
What are the different types of rugs?
Rugs are made using a wide range of materials. They can be:
- Cotton rugs – These are affordable, ideal for casual areas, but cannot repel stains and tend to fade after some time.
- Wool rugs – These are handcrafted using true wool and are ideal for parts of the house that get high traffic, such as an entryway or the living room.
- Silk rugs – These are thin, shiny, soft, delicate, and perfect for low-traffic spaces.
- Faux fur/hide rugs – These are a good alternative to expensive real animal fur or hide as they look pretty much the same and cost significantly less.
- Tuft rugs – These are made by looping threads through a backing fabric, such as monk cloth.
What are the benefits of rugs?
Adding a rug to your home can be beneficial in many ways, including:
- It can protect your wood or tile floors from scratches, stains, and other damages caused by heavy furniture, pets, and more.
- It can control the noises and vibrations made by your footsteps, voices, and music, and prevent causing any disturbance to your neighbors.
- It can promote safety by providing a cushion to break falls and prevent slipping.
What factors should you consider when choosing a rug?
When shopping for a rug, below are factors that you might want to take into consideration:
Some rugs are made using natural materials, and others are made using synthetic ones. Certain natural fibers, such as cotton, wool, and silk, are generally long-lasting and durable. However, they can be expensive to clean and maintain, most particularly silk. When it comes to synthetic fibers, such as polyester and polypropylene, expect to get them at affordable prices. They are also stain-resistant and easy to clean but can grow bacteria or mildew over time due to repeated spills.
You want your rug to fit your space so you have to take measurements. For instance, if you want to add a tuft rug with monk cloth as backing fabric in your living room, get one that can be placed under the front legs of the sofa and the front legs of the armchairs next to it. Or, if you want it in your dining room, get one that can contain the dining table and chairs, extending at least two feet on all sides.
When talking about rugs, the term “pile” refers to thickness or density. Thus, a rug with more pile simply means a rug that is denser or thicker. For high-traffic spaces, such as your living room or kitchen, low-pile rugs, such as tuft rugs with monks cloth as backing fabric, are recommended. For low-traffic spaces, such as the bedroom, high-pile rugs are ideal.
The best way to care for a rug is by regularly vacuuming it and getting it deep cleaned at least twice a year. Whether it is a 100% authentic wool rug or tuft rug with monks cloth, it has to be vacuumed to prevent dirt, dust, mold, and bacteria from accumulating.