It’s summer time and there’s a new feel in the air. You want to get rid of your old dusty rugs and get the fresh feeling of a new one. Do you just go out and buy one, then? NO. There are a number of factors to consider other than style when it comes to choosing rugs—remember, this is a long term decision. Luckily, I am here to guide on your path to a smart rug purchase.
Yes, you guessed it; the most important aspect to a rug is color. Remember that your rug will take up the majority of your room, so choose colors wisely. Coordinate it with the walls, furniture...whatever you think suits best. If you like to redecorate often and change furniture, you may want to invest in a natural neutral color. Rugs you see in-store, catalogues, or online, are usually lighter when installed in your home.
Colors can affect the entire feel of the room. Think of your favourite color, how would that make you feel if you were surrounded in that? Color choice is a very personal thing. Teal means a different thing to me than it does to you, for example. But of course, color shouldn’t be your only consideration point. Let’s look at other factors.
Padding is the layer of cushion under the rug. You know that feeling when you step on the rug and it feels like heaven? Well that’s the padding at work, not the rug itself. As you may have already guessed, the padding is a vital decision when purchasing a rug. Good padding not only makes a rug more comfortable, it also increases the lifespan by protecting it from wear and tear as well as protects the floor underneath. Good quality padding will be more expensive, but a good investment in terms of quality for price.
Cost per square yard or foot is the main component when looking at the price of a rug. But there are many other factors to consider.
- Furniture – rug installers may charge you for moving furniture in order to actually get the rug installed.
- Old floor covering – old floor covering needs to be disposed of
- Product delivery – if not included in the cost per square yard/foot, suppliers will have a separate delivery charge based on the size of your rug
- Installation – again, if this is not included in the original price, installation is also expressed in square feet
- Maintenance – maintenance is usually optional but a recommended cost to incur. Warranty may be another factor.