If you’re shelling out several hundred dollars on a large area rug it can be tempting to think it’s safe to forego a rug pad, but that’s not the case. Not only can a rug pad help prolong the lifespan of your investment, it also acts as a safety measure if you have wood or tiled floors by helping to anchor it and preventing slippage. They’re relatively affordable and help your new rug to breathe.
Not constantly, but once or twice a year rotate your rugs to avoid wear and tear – particularly in high traffic areas. Few things make an area rug look old faster than a worn-out path of travel that’s discolored and compressed its fibers.
Pro Tip: If you have indentations from furniture legs after rotation, just pop an ice cube into each one and let it melt for a rejuvenated pile.
It’s a good idea to vacuum the topside of your rugs weekly to avoid dirt and debris getting ground into the pile, but the backside needs some attention too. Most people neglect to vacuum the underside every few months, and I guarantee you’ll be surprised at how much dirt is just waiting under there for you. (I always am!)
Vacuuming regularly is all well and good, but every other year or so you’ll want to go deeper to get that just-like-new look and feel back. A professional rug cleaner is usually the most thorough, but if you want to try the DIY route be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions that are likely located on a sticker on the backside of your rug.
Of course, the best way to keep your rug in tiptop condition is to keep dirt and grime as far away from it as possible. That means having doormats located at all entrances to your home and cleaning the floors on a regular basis to cut down on much debris should it ever get near it.
Craving a fresh start in your space? Consider looking at the floor first. What’s underfoot can make a big impact on how your entire space looks and feels. Of course, shopping for rugs on a tight budget can seem like a daunting prospect; but that’s where this mini-guide comes in! All of the rugs featured in this post cost under $200 for at least a 5-by-7 foot size, and often much bigger.
The dining room, with the inevitable dinnertime spills, is a great place to choose a budget rug! And since this tends to be a less-frequently used room, why not try something a little bit different? The striking red tile print rug in the square shape shown here would look amazing in a square dining room, with a round table. For a rectangular dining room, go with a rectangular rug and rectangular or oval table.
In the bedroom, seek out something lush and soft, like the ikat-inspired rug shown here. Soothing shades of gray, blue, lavender, and cream are restful, so save the more lively colors for social spaces like the living and dining rooms. Room-size rugs look great in the bedroom, and give you the maximum softness underfoot, so get the biggest possible size that fits your space. The one shown here is only $199.50 for a 7-foot 10-inch by 10-foot rug!