Rugs vs Carpet: What is the difference?

rugs vs carpets

The terms rugs and carpets are used interchangeably from country to country, the main difference however is the function.

In Australia we know Rugs as set piece and used a centre piece in a room and come in a wide range of colours, styles. Carpets cover the entire room wall-to-wall and are permanently fixed to the floor.

Rugs and Carpets can be made a variety fibres.

What is best, rugs vs carpets?

There are different benefits for having rugs over carpets, but really the choice is personal preference. Some people prefer the lighter, more flexible approach of rugs that can be easily washed and rearranged. Other people like the comfort that wall to wall carpets provide them, and they prefer the thickness and softness of carpets beneath their feet.

If you live in high traffic area which may get dirty or sandy environment, like a beach town, you may prefer rugs to carpets as they will be easier to clean. Many rugs can be hung out or shook out, to rid them of the dirt and dust that collects in the home. Carpets can be cleaned, but not so easily on a regular basis.

If you have pets, you might also prefer rugs. The hair of dogs and cats will find itself in all places around the house, especially the floor! Carpet will be more difficult to clean when your pet’s hair falls out, and if you have a hard floor with rugs you can easily sweep and shake the fabrics out.

There is not right choice, between rugs vs carpets, but the choice is yours. Think about your lifestyle, your home, the area you live in, and the amount of energy you would like to spend cleaning. Either choice can look fantastic, so make your decision and start shopping!

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Rug Size Guide

This Rug Size Guide summary is developed by RugSpot to help you choose the right rug.

How Do I choose the right Size?

The size of the rug will depend on the room and the way you’d like to set it.

Living Room – Consider the rug in relation to the furniture around it as it will affect what parts of the rug you will be able see. There are three to fit a rug in a room.

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Dining Room – For dining room you’d want to have the rug that covers the table and the chairs.  The rug needs to be big enough so that the chairs are pulled in and out on the rug. To do this you need to measure the length and width of the table.

Next pull out a chair as if you are going to sit on it and measure the distance between the back of the chair and the table.  Double up this distance and add it to both length and width of the table to get an approximate size for the rug you’ll need.

 Example:

Dining Table –  Length 2.00 Meter, Width 1.0 Meter

Chair and the distance allowed for sitting on it, say 0.75 Meter

 Approx Rug –    Length 2.00+2 x0.75 = 3.50 Meters, Width 1.0+0.75×2 = 2.50 Metres

 Tip: If your rug is too narrow or too short, chairs legs will fall off the rug and you’ll have difficulty pushing the chair back towards the table. Repeating this may also scratch your floor.

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Bedroom – There are three room setting

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Below are the approximate rug sizes and with potential room settings.

Dimensions (Cm)     Size                     Suitable Area

120 x 170 Cm                   Small                   Coffee table, children room, Entry area

160 x 230                          Medium             2-3 Seater Sofa

200 x 290                         Large                   3 Seater Sofa, or 4-6 seater dining table

240×330                           X Large               2 x 3 Seater Sofa or 8 seater dining table

380×390                           XX Large           Large Rooms, 10-12 seater dining table

80 x 300                           Short Runner   Short Hallway

80x 400                            Med. Runner    Medium Hallway

80x by Meter                   Long Runner    Very long Hallway See Runners Guide

 

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