Buying a Rug: What to ask before you buy a rug

what to ask before you buy a rug

Choosing a rug for your home should be a rewarding experience. You will be presented with colours, textures and styles that will enhance your living space, and rugs that allow you to relax in warmth and comfort. There are diverse designs on the market and styles that are traditional and contemporary. You will however need to know what to ask before you buy a rug. The more information you can attain on the rug you are selecting, the more satisfied you will be when it arrives in your home. Talking to the store where you are buying your rug will give you confidence that are educated on your purchase, and that you understand its features and benefits.

Can I attain free samples before I buy a rug?

Purchase rugs online with confidence by asking for free samples before you commit to your purchase. The images and descriptions on the website should be informative and authentic, but there is no better way to test out a rug in our own home than through receiving free samples. You will be able to explore the materials used and feel the fabric in your hands. Free rug samples allow you to check the exact colours that you are purchasing and match them to your existing or desired décor. All rugs are investments for your home, so you want to ensure that you are choosing the right one for you and your family.

What materials are the rugs made from?

Rug materials will be especially important if you have a family member in your home with allergies, but many people simply have preferences for the types of materials they use in their home. You may choose natural materials, like cotton or wool, or synthetic materials like polyester. Each rug material has different properties and levels of quality that will affect its use, and how long it lasts for under certain conditions. Remember the feel too though. Texture is important. As you will be walking on (and maybe even lounging around on) your precious rugs, you will need to be satisfied with how it feels against your skin. Rugs should provide comfort and luxury, so that you can enjoy living and playing in your home environment.

What is the quality of the rugs?

The quality of rugs can certainly be measured, and your rug provider should be able to provide you with accurate information on the following factors: type, density, design, size, shape and colour. Your own preferences and uses for the rug will need to be taken into consideration, and you will need to discuss with your family how valuable you want your rug to be. For example, you may be considering investing in a handmade rug that will be an asset to your home, and that holds its value for many years to come; or you may simply be seeking a durable and long-lasting rug for a busy area, like a child’s playroom or a family rumpus room. Once you decide what you require, talk to your rug provider to find the right quality that suits you. In understanding what to ask before buying a rug, you should most certainly consider your desires and functions for the rug. Talk to your rug provider about the origin of their rugs, how to care for their rugs once you have purchased one, and also the dimensions, to ensure that you have the right sized rug for the right space in your home. Ask these questions, and rugs should be a pleasure to purchase and place in your home.


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.


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