Break up the space and section off areas of any room using rugs or mats. With our comprehensive selection of rugs, in a choice of patterns and colours, you can create distinct zones, inject some life and colour into your space or tie a room together. Read more
Rugs come in all shapes and sizes, in a selection of colours and a choice of materials – some of which are more suited to some spaces than others. Rugs also have many purposes, depending on where in the home they are placed. For example, in the living room a rug can be used to tie together a colour scheme or break up a vast expanse of floor. It can also add warmth and texture to an empty space, or even be used to protect the carpet underneath from wear and tear. If your rug is for protection, then a hard-wearing material like jute is ideal, and also adds a natural fibre feel. For a softer and more comfortable feel, choose a wool blend in a choice of colours and patterns. Your colour choices can also be reflected in other soft furnishings, such as cushion pillows and sofa covers.
Perhaps the first choice you have to make concerns the size and shape of your rug. Do you want a large square or rectangular rug for your space or will a round or oval rug be better suited? Think about the impact the material will have on your space too. Do you prefer tight natural fibres such as jute or a longer fibre, softer and shaggier appearance? You also have to choose between block colours and patterned rugs and floor mats – and be aware that the lighting in your space can also affect the way your rug looks on the floor.
There are not really any storage options to consider with rugs, but you can accessorise your rug with other soft furnishings. In many ways, a rug ties a room together and can be a focal point, so you can use the colour and pattern as a touchstone for other items of furniture, such as cushions, curtains, bean bags/poufs and more.
Rugs benefit from regular cleaning in the form of vacuuming but every once in a while, it is a good idea to take it outside to an open space, vacuum both sides and potentially give it a hard to moderate beating with something flat. This will knock out some of the more stubborn dust. You can also shampoo a rug in the same way you would a carpet. Just make sure it is 100% dry before you lay it back down.
Most rugs with a rubber back and made from cotton or synthetic materials can occasionally be washed in the machine. Try to avoid over washing as this can damage the rubber. If your rug is made from wool or natural fibres such as jute, then it is not recommended to wash it in a machine.
Living room rugs generally come in standard sizes including 8’ x 10’ or 9’ x 12’. However, it does depend on the size of your living room. In general, make sure that your rug is at least 6” wider than the sofa on both sides and covers a walkway between the sofa and coffee table.
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