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Tips on Decorating with Runners
Decorating with area rug runners, or simply "runners," is one of the easiest ways to revitalize, update, improve and
create a truly unique feel in the rooms in your home. Rug runners can turn a drab room into one full of
color and shapes. Or you can use runners to create a focal point or define an area of interest.
Rug runners can add warmth to otherwise cold tiles, stone or concrete floors.
Runners will protect hardwood floor or wall-to-wall carpeting. And the right runner can tie together all of a room’s décor elements.
And the best place to shop for runners is Rugs Direct. We are the nation’s leading source for area rugs.
We offer you thousands of choices in a wide variety of styles, colors, shapes and themes. We provide free shipping to the contiguous United States, a 30-day risk-free in-home trial and an incredible 150% price match policy. At Rugs Direct we guarantee your satisfaction! So when you are in the market for
a runner, always think of Rugs Direct.
Rug runners are extremely versatile and can serve numerous purposes in your home. Whether you are decorating your
family room, hallway, play room, bedroom, kitchen, basement or patio, there’s a runner that is right for you. Unlike wall-to-wall carpet, which is normally best kept rather neutral, runners can bring colorful patterns, designs and shapes into your room without overwhelming it. Plus, unlike carpeting,
rug runners can be changed with the seasons – or your mood – and are yours to keep should you move.
If you are lucky enough to have wooden floors in your home, runners are the perfect compliment. With a little care your wooden floors will last forever. They don’t collect allergens the way carpet does, are easy to clean and provide a perfect background for a beautiful
runner. But even if you have wall-to-wall carpeting you can still use runners. Simply place them in high-traffic areas to protect the carpet or use
rug runners to express your individuality. You can even put smaller runners
on the walls to create an interesting display!
Or course, runners are the perfect choice for decorating a
hallway or stairs. In most homes there is nothing more attractive than a
beautiful, long runner draped down a long, wooden staircase.
The Importance of Using a Quality Rug Pad
Experts in the home décor industry all agree that every runner requires a good-quality rug pad underneath it. Not only does this promote safety in your home by preventing the rug from slipping, it also increases the life of your
runner and makes it much easier to regularly vacuum. Never use tape or adhesive to anchor a
rug runner to your floor or carpeting. This can easily damage both the floor and rug.
The Miracle Hold Plus rug pads we sell at Rugs Direct come with a 10-year warranty. They are guaranteed not to mar, stain or discolor the floor and to hold your
runner securely in place. They come in a variety of sizes and are reversible for use on either bare floors or carpeting. Also, most
rug runners manufacturers require that their product be placed on top of a quality rug pad in order to validate their warranty against defects in workmanship.
Remember, every runner needs a pad. Click here to see the high-quality, 10-year Miracle Hold Plus rug pads available from Rugs Direct.
Useful Information About Runners
There is no official definition of what a "runner" is. The
term is used to describe any rug in which the length is much longer than
the width, usually by a ratio of three to one or greater. The most
popular runner dimension is five to one, that is, the length is five
times greater than the width. Runners are the second most popular shape
for area rugs, next to standard rectangles.
Not all runners have squared-off ends. You can find some very attractive
and interesting rug runners with rounded corners and some in the shape
of an elongated oval. This gives you a tremendous amount of design
options. Plus you will find that almost any style of traditionally
shaped area rug has a complementary runner in the same colors and
patterns. So no matter what the shape of the area you are decorating,
you're sure to find a runner that will enhance the space.
Area Rug Runners at Rugs Direct
Remember, there are not many stairways or elongated areas in your home that will not benefit from the addition of a beautiful, new runner. And the best place to shop for runners is the nation's leading source for area rugs, Rugs Direct. Explore our huge inventory and incredible prices by visiting our online showroom at