All About Area Rugs
Area Rugs: A quick and easy transformation
You decided it is time for a change. One of your favorite spaces needs an artistic touch… a new attitude! If you are looking for a quick and easy way to transform your home or office, buying a new area rug is the way to go. Area rugs are an amazing way to add color and create a focal point in a space while enjoying the benefit of protecting your floors.
The process of choosing an area rug should be an entertaining experience but let's face it, with all the options out there, it could turn out to be an overwhelming shopping spree. Area rugs come in a variety of prices, shapes and materials; making the best choice will depend on your material preferences, budget and the space you have available.
Choosing your area rug
Selecting the perfect area rug has its magic. For example, for a room size rug, experts recommend to subtract 3 feet from the room's width and length, in order to allow for a "frame" of floor around the perimeter of the rug. If you take good care of it, an area rug can look great for years. Their life expectancy varies from 5 to 12 years. It all depends if they are placed in high traffic areas like hallways and family rooms or in medium traffic space like a dining room.
Take care of your area rug
- Rotate your rug 180 degrees every year or two to even out the effects of sunlight
- Watch the pets! This sounds difficult, maybe even impossible, but keep animals off your area rugs. Their claws pull on the fibers causing damage.
- Ignore the loose ends: you will be tempted to pull any loose ends that you identify... Don't do it! Instead, cut them with a pair of scissors.