Rustic, modern chic rug made from medium-pile polypropylene fibers that withstand years of use. Designed with tightly-woven edges that prevent the rug from fraying. It also has a touch of country western without being too overpowering.
Some reports that color can wear off, especially in high-traffic areas of the rug.
Beautiful, soft, and plushy with a luxurious feel. Vacuums nicely; fibers stay in place. Comes in several neutral colors and a wide range of shapes and sizes.
It's more costly per foot than others, but you get quality craftsmanship for the money.
Practical for numerous areas; can be used indoors or outdoors. A unique array of colors and patterns complement a variety of decor. Rubber bottom resists slippage.
May be difficult to lie flat. Thin and not as comfortable on the feet as some others. No color varieties to pick from. Only available in 2 sizes.
Easy-care rug that only requires light vacuuming or spot cleaning. Rug is on the thinner side, which is ideal if you're looking for a no-lip, no-trip design. Soft, low-pile polypropylene rug that is plush and soft to walk on barefoot. Colors are true to what is pictured.
Continuous exposure to sunlight may deteriorate or bleach colors.
A good vacuuming fluffs out this lush area rug after it’s delivered and unrolled. Vacuums well without much, if any, shedding. Soft and gorgeous. Also available in matching rounds and runners.
Robotic vacuums have a tough time navigating this rug. It’s a bit thinner than you might expect.
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If you have wood, tile, or stone flooring in your home, area rugs are a great way to warm up the room while still showcasing your floor. An area rug also anchors the furniture in the room so it doesn’t feel like it’s floating in a sea of hard flooring. An area rug visually pulls a room together through its color and design as well.
Area rugs come in a wide range of colors, patterns, designs, and sizes. Area rugs can be placed in any room of the house, from bedrooms to living rooms to kitchens to bathrooms. There are indoor-only area rugs and indoor/outdoor area rugs that can withstand harsh exterior conditions.
In our buying guide, we’ll help you answer some key questions about choosing an area rug, such as what size is best for your room. We also have plenty of care tips, including how to handle an area rug that’s shedding or bearding. For our picks for the five best area rugs, see the matrix above.
If you’re furnishing a room from scratch, consider starting with the area rug. It’ll become a source of inspiration for the room’s color, style, and layout. For example, an area rug is instrumental in defining the seating area in a living room. For a combination living room and dining room, consider using two area rugs to define the living and dining spaces.
If you have an existing room that needs sprucing up, an area rug can come to the rescue. Your existing furniture and wall color will inspire your choice. Furniture with busy patterns works best with an area rug with a subtle or tone-on-tone design. A boldly colored or patterned area rug, on the other hand, can add life to a space filled with neutral furniture.
Area rugs are made from natural or synthetic materials. There are pros and cons to each.
Cotton, wool, jute, and sisal are all strong, durable natural fibers. The downside is that natural area rugs can become damaged, fade, or darken if exposed to moisture, heat, or direct sunlight.
Acrylic, nylon, and polypropylene/olefin are strong, durable synthetic fibers. Synthetic area rugs are less costly and tend to be better at resisting stains and fading. Synthetics are manufactured to look much like their natural counterparts.
Area rugs come in various pile heights just like carpeting. A low-pile area rug works best in a room with high traffic because you won’t see footprints as clearly. High-pile area rugs are ideal for bedrooms and living areas where you want to feel something warm and soft underfoot.
Since area rugs come in so many different colors, it may feel overwhelming trying to select the right one. If you’re coordinating an area rug with existing furniture, your choice should complement or subtly contrast with the color of your walls and largest pieces of furniture. A rug that’s too close in color to your upholstered furniture, for example, might overwhelm the room.
Some area rugs have a mesh latex and jute backing, which may cause the rug to slide around a bit. Indoor/outdoor rugs typically have rubber backings with better grip but could potentially leave marks on wood, tile, and even high-end vinyl floors.
Area rugs have finished edges to prevent fraying. An area rug will likely have binding, serging, or a fringed edge. A binding finish is usually seen on lower pile natural material area rugs. The binding may either blend in or accent one of the rug’s colors. A standard serging finish is a heavy-duty yarn stitched smoothly around the edges to blend in with the carpet. A fringed edge is a traditional style of edging for area rugs. Fringe may be added to the shorter ends of the area rug or all around the edges.
Many area rugs come in collections. You can find various sizes of area rugs in the same design to coordinate throughout your home. For example, you’ll often see coordinating entryway area rugs and hallway runners. You can also buy coordinating throw pillows in the same design as some area rugs.
Carpet tape: XFasten Double-Sided Carpet Tape
Flatten your area rug’s curling corners with carpet tape. A sticky strip on each corner also prevents the rug from moving around. This XFasten carpet tape won’t harm the flooring beneath the rug.
Gripper rug pads: Gorilla Grip Original Area Rug Gripper Pad
A slip-resistant gripper pad holds your area rug in place. Rug pads made of soft grippy material in an open-grid construction let your rug breathe. Look for pads that can be trimmed to fit under your rug, like this one from Gorilla Grip.
Felt rug pads: Mohawk Home Dual-Surface Felt and Latex Non-Slip Rug Pad
A felt rug pad adds about a quarter-inch of thickness under the rug. It also adds a softer, plush feeling underfoot. This Mohawk Home felt rug pad is gentle enough for hardwood floors.
Small area rugs made from synthetic materials, natural cotton, or sisal/jute are typically inexpensive. You can find area rugs measuring 2 feet x 3 feet and 3 feet x 5 feet as well as 2 feet x 8 feet runners in the $19 to $40 range.
You’ll find synthetic, natural cotton, or sisal/jute mid-size area rugs measuring 4 feet x 6 feet, 5 feet x 7 feet, 5 feet x 8 feet, 6 feet x 9 feet, and 7 feet x 10 feet in the $40 to $150 range. You’ll also find large round rugs that are 7 feet in diameter in this range.
As the size of an area rug increases, so does the cost. An area rug that measures 9 feet x 12 feet or 10 feet x 14 feet can cost between $200 and $450. An 8 feet x 10 feet wool rug can cost around $300, while a synthetic rug of the same size may cost half that. Larger wool rugs measuring 11 feet x 16 feet can cost well over $600. Handwoven area rugs regularly top $1,000.
Q. How do I know what size area rug I need?
A. The right size area rug can pull a space together, make a statement, or even make a room feel larger. For example, an area rug that’s 5 feet x 8 feet works well under a small dining table with four chairs. The same size rug makes a small living room look more spacious and uncluttered if the furniture is placed at the very edge of the rug with no legs on the carpet. That same area rug is the right fit under a twin or full bed as well. A large area rug measuring 9 feet x 12 feet or 10 feet x 14 feet works well under a dining room table of six to eight chairs. This size also looks best in a large living room, with all the furniture legs on the rug, to automatically define a distinctive yet cozy gathering space. It fits beautifully under a queen or king bed, too.
Q. How can I eliminate the creases and ripples in my area rug?
A. Area rugs are often delivered tightly rolled up, and sometimes a crease accidentally develops deep within. To eliminate a crease, turn the rug over. If it has a woven backing, use a T-shirt or slightly damp towel as a barrier, then iron it on a steam setting to soften the crease. For waves and ripples, let the carpet lay flat for a day or two so the fibers can loosen up and relax on their own.
Q. Why is my area rug shedding?
A. Area rugs shed as fibers loosen up and work their way to the top of the pile. It’s annoying but completely normal. Vacuuming should reduce the shedding of loose fibers. When you find fibers sticking up, but not releasing from the pile or the yarn, you may have a rug manufacturing defect called fuzzing or bearding, which is different from shedding.