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How To Choose A Rug For Entryway


You only get one chance to make a great first impression. Make sure your entryway reflects the style and vibe of your home with a sensational rug. If you’re wondering how to choose a rug for your entryway, we have all of the answers to your burning questions and tips for choosing a rug you’re sure to love. We’ll help you to find the best type of rug for your front door.

What Size Should An Entryway Rug Be?

The rule of thumb for rug size is to allow at least 18”-24” of floor space between the wall and the edge of the rug. However, smaller rooms can get away with less.

  • Start by measuring your entryway. Then decide how much flooring you want to show. You may want to showcase your beautiful hardwood floors or if your floors are worn, you may not mind covering them with a rug.
  • Choose a rug shape that matches the shape of your entryway. Do you have a long narrow entryway? Try a runner. Rectangular entryway? A rectangular rug is recommended. However, you can spice things up by choosing a square or circle shaped rug instead. Center the rug in the middle of the room or under the chandelier and voila!

What Material Is Best For An Entryway Rug?

Your entryway rug will receive a lot of wear and tear. The entryway is a high traffic area with a lot of dirt and moisture. Be sure to choose a material that will handle anything.

  • Jute and sisal rugs are popular in the entryway as they are a very durable material. They catch dirt and moisture and can be easily cleaned by giving them a good shake or with frequent vacuuming. However, jute and sisal are natural fibers that will absorb a lot of moisture. If you rug gets extra wet you’ll want to hang it to dry thoroughly before putting it back on the floor. This protects the flooring beneath the rug and prevents mold or bacteria growth in the rug.
  • Wool is hands down the top choice of designers when it comes to rug materials. Wool is durable and easy to clean. The fiber is naturally stain and moisture resistant. It spot cleans well with soapy water and a rag. Wool also holds its color well, resisting fading and wear. You can extend the life of your wool rug with a rug pad.
  • Synthetic fiber rugs (made from polyester, nylon, olefin, etc) are a good choice for an entryway. Synthetic rugs can be dyed to show vivid colors and intricate designs. They are stain resistant and easy to clean. However, they tend to show traffic wear over time. But with their smaller price tag they can be an excellent affordable option.

How Can I Protect My Carpet At The Front Door?

A rug is a great way to protect flooring near your front door from dirt, snow, rain and sunshine. We also recommend placing a door mat outside your front door so people can wipe their feet before they come in. Placing a small bench near the front door reminds visitors to take off their shoes, which helps to preserve rugs, carpet and flooring. Place a high quality rug pad under your entryway rug to keep the rug from shifting, sliding or bunching. The extra cushion is not only a pleasure underfoot but also helps to extend the life of your rug.

Now that you know how to choose an entryway rug, now's the time to shop! Browse thousands of beautiful entryway rugs to find the perfect one for your space!

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