Welcome to our Q&A with Rugs USA column, where we answer your burning questions about rugs and all things interiors! This week, we’re talking putting rugs over carpet, the best rugs for the bedroom, styles for high-traffic spaces, and more!
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Q: What are the best rugs for high-traffic areas?
A: The short answer: so many! For the long answer: Check out our comprehensive guide for high-traffic rugs here. And for the medium answer: Keep reading!
Most rugs are made of durable materials—since they do live on the floor!—but there are a few that are more durable than most:
In terms of combining softness with durability, wool rugs are your best bet. They feel amazing under feet, have a plush pile that bounces back, and are water-resistant thanks to the natural occurrence of lanolin oil. Note that they’re often on the pricier side, but tend to last longer than rugs made out of other materials, depending on how you use and care for them!
Polypropylene, Nylon, and Other Synthetic Rugs
Rugs made of synthetic materials are soft, easy to clean, durable, hold on to color well, AND are easy on the wallet! AKA, they pretty much check all of the boxes when it comes to picking out a rug for a high-traffic area.
Jute and Sisal Rugs
Woven from dried plant fibers, jute and sisal rugs are extremely durable and a great pick for high-traffic areas. Note that they hold onto moisture more readily than other styles, so we’d stay away from putting one in the entry or any other area where wet feet may walk by.
Durable, available in a ton of colors and patterns, stain-resistant, soft on feet, and easy to clean? It’s not magic—just our collection of washable rugs! We love a washable rug for high-traffic areas, because you can simply roll up the one-piece design, throw it in the washer to clean, and then it’s good as new!
Q: What type of rug do you recommend for under a kitchen table?
A: We love rugs under kitchen tables—they add such beautiful color, pattern, and texture to the utilitarian space. We know there’s always a lot of debate over whether or not rugs belong in places where food and drink will be consumed. The crumbs! The stains! The hassle! But our belief is that they do—if you pick the right rug. Here’s how!
Go for durable, easy-to-clean materials. Rugs with a short pile will be easiest to clean, especially in materials like wool or polypropylene and other synthetics. And if you’re looking for a rug that’s the ultimate in durability and ease of cleaning, definitely check out our Washables collection too.
Choose a rug with a pattern. Patterned rugs, even in light colors, will help hide stains and spots from food, drink, or kids’ crafts. Brilliant!
Read more about the best rugs for your kitchen or dining room here!
Q: What are your best bedroom rugs?
A: As the place where you get all your rest and shut-eye, it’s important to find the perfect rug for the bedroom. Here are our top tips!
Pick the right size. In general, we say to go as big as your budget and bedroom allows. More rug coverage equals extra coziness! But these are the rug sizing guidelines we like to abide by for each bed size:
Pick soft materials. It’s your bedroom, so get comfy! Wool (including our washable wool!), cotton, and synthetic materials will be softest under your feet. And rugs with higher piles, like shags, also make perfect, plush picks.
Need more help? Read our story on picking out the best rug for your bedroom here!
Q: How do I match my living room rug with my dining area rug? Mine look so odd together.
A: When you have an open floor plan, it can be tricky to nail the decor. It’s basically like decorating a giant room—but one that has a million different functions! Luckily, these tips will help you land the perfect rug combination.
Pair a pattern with a solid color. Worried about clashing patterns? Then focus on just one! We especially love pairing a bold patterned rug with a neutral jute rug for a touch of added texture.
Stick to a common color. If you do want to mix patterns, try finding rugs that have at least one color in common to serve as the thread that keeps everything cohesive.
Make it a double. If mixing it up isn’t your thing, pair rugs that have the same color or pattern. If it works in your dining area, chances are it will work in your living area, too!
Keep reading here for more tips on rugs in open floor plan spaces!
Q: How do you layer rugs on carpet properly?
A: Rolling out a rug on top of existing carpet is a great way to hide stains, cover up carpet you aren’t so crazy about, add color and pattern, or simply bring a fresh look to your space without doing a big reno. Here’s how to pull it off!
Think about color! Do you want a rug that will blend in with your carpet, and feel more like a textural change? Or do you want something that will add a ton of color? Either way, be sure to pay attention to the color of your existing carpet, and make sure the rug doesn’t clash with it.
Anchor with tape or furniture. Once you’ve chosen and rolled out your rug, you’ll want to make sure it’ll stay put on the carpet to prevent tripping and rippling of the rug. If you have heavy furniture over the corners of the rug, then you should be in good shape. If not, apply double-sided carpet tape to the bottom of the rug, which can be found at your local hardware or home store.
If you want to learn more, head over to our guide and read all about it!