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How To Select Right Size Rug For Your Home

You need to buy a new area rug in two cases; either when you are decorating a new space or trying to redecorate or rejuvenate your space. Rug selection process varies in both scenarios. Rugs are quite essential home decor accessory. You can either start from scratch by “start with a rug concept” or you need to select area rug; which goes well with your existing home decor scheme. You are bound to some limitations when you can not update the existing decor. For example when you cannot change the color of walls, or you want to keep the same furniture.

There are a wide variety of area rugs available in the market from transitional oriental to modern contemporary. Area rugs not only enhance the look of your home but will also add warmth and touch of personality to any room. The size of rugs plays most important role in area rug selection; as we can move for further selection when we know the rug size that is suitable for your space. But with so many rug and runner sizes to choose from, how do you know which size of area rug is right for your home?

Area rugs size selection is not as difficult as you think, you should follow some simple rules when selecting the one for your space.Select Area Rug

Size of  Area Rug

So, start with measuring the area where you’ll be placing your rug. You might want to select the minimum and maximum optimal size. A size range will give you a wider selection to choose from. This variation may vary from few inches to few feet depending upon the area. Here are general guidelines for primary rooms:

  1. In the living/family room, select area rug size that covers at least the length and width of your furniture or the whole furniture arrangement. Generally, any rug between 5×8 – 7×10 are suitable for this area. But, if you want to cover a large area or want to expand the perimeters; then you can also go for 8×11 area rugs.
  2. For the bedroom, select area rug size that will deliver warmth to your feet; when you first step out of bed on cold mornings. You can use runners at either side of the bed or use large area rugs for pulling all of your style elements together to complete your room decor. You need to be more careful when you are opting for a bold color scheme.
  3. In the dining room/ dining area, a rug should be large enough to allow space for chairs, even when pulled away from the table. You can select the rug size by measuring your dining table size and then adding two feet in its dimensions.
  4. For the kid’s nursery/room, you can use 4×6 or 2×5 area rugs in front of crib/ bed and change table respectively.  You can use larger rugs in kids play area.
  5. In the kitchen, hallway, entrance area you can use runner rugs or 2×5 rugs.

Expert Tip: Use painter’s tape/ ribbon to tape on the area to the size of the rug you’re considering. You can also lay flat old sheet for smaller spaces; this can help you visualize how the size works with your furniture and decor.

Product Information: La Dôle Shaggy Grey Area Rug

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How to clean your area rugs

Rugs are like any  other home investment , if you want to prolong the life of your rugs you must take good care of your rugs. Whether they are made of synthetic material or natural material; they need care and regular area rugs cleaning is important.  Here we are listing some tips, to help you take care of your beautiful rugs and make it them last longer and stay beautiful.

Vacuuming Your Area Rugs

This is certainly different than vacuuming your wall to wall carpets and can be very damaging if not done in a proper way. You must follow some basic rules while cleaning your rugs with vacuum.

  • High powered vacuum should be avoided to clean rugs; as they will pull threads out of the back of rugs and can even cause sprouts. If you have only high powered vacuum then use it with handheld attachment to vacuum delicate rugs.
  • You can use the beater bar for removing hair and other fibers from the face of the rug but you need to be extra careful as it can cause the fuzzing. So either turn it off while vacuuming or use it at on the highest setting.
  • Vacuum the edge of your carpet carefully as  the surging on the edges or borders of area rug is quite sensitive and vacuum can destroy it partially and fibers will come loose around the edges of rugs.
  • If your rug has fringes then use only handheld attachments to clean them.
  • You can also use sweepers and brooms for everyday cleaning or your rugs; which can prolong the time between vacuuming.

Professional Area Rugs Cleaning

  • Use professional cleaning experts or solutions for handmade area rugs; as they are very different from machine made rugs in terms of material and weaving techniques.
  • Always inspect the rug along with the cleaner before cleaning, and take an estimate so that you can pick the right cleaner. Also, get the receipt and guarantee of work before the cleaning is done then carefully inspect the rug even after cleaning to check out any issues.

Spot Cleaningjoy beige area rug

You can avoid the professional cleaning and vacuuming for longer periods by spot cleaning your rug whenever you need to. Keep these few points in mind before spot cleaning your area rugs.

  • If you spill on a area rug or carpet, try to clean it immediately. Once the stain is set in it becomes more difficult to clean sometimes even with cleaning solutions. Also, cleaning solutions can damage the fibres of some types of area rugs.
  • Never rub a spill as it forces the spill deeper into the rug or carpet and make it harder to clean. Blot with a clean white cloth or paper towels.
  • For handmade rugs or any delicate/ wool rugs or carpet; use lukewarm water or Stain Remover or a delicates/wool cleaning liquid to remove any residual stain.
  • Always clean the residual cleaner with clean water and then with dry towels to absorb any moisture left. You can also use portable fan or hair dryer to speed drying your rugs.