Rug Shopping Online: 7 Things to Think About First

September 7, 2017

Rugs can really breathe life into a living space. Particularly in the colder months, rugs provide that much-needed insulation and under-foot cosiness. So, you have made the decision to go rug shopping online, but are not really sure where to start. There are some important considerations, especially when it comes to the size of the rug you buy, but let the actual buying of the rug be the least of your worries.

Carpet and rug showrooms in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town might offer you the benefit of seeing and touching them, but to buy rugs online has become a popular alternative, and you will be surprised at how seamless the process is – from making your choice, paying for your rug, and delivery right to your doorstep. In a jiffy, your rugs are out of the online store and onto your floor, for you to enjoy!

Ultimately, a rug is there to make your furniture and décor the real star of the show. Here are seven things to consider:

  1. When it comes to the size of the rug for a room, you need to spend some time considering this. The general rule of thumb for rugs is big room, big rug, small room, small rug, long room, long rug, etc. However, there are some wonderful ways to incorporate rugs that really lift a room, so don’t feel restricted to only one rug per room. Get creative and have fun with rugs.
  2. Determining the ideal size rug is quite easy; in fact, it will only take a few minutes to do some measurements (these are very important when rug shopping). Measurements will help you to narrow down your choices before you start clicking through the myriad of styles and colours available online.
  3. What’s most important? First determine what it is in the room you want to be the focal point, which the rug is going to help accentuate, and what type of a feel you want in the room. Once you know what the focal point is, consider colours, styles and patterns that will help you achieve your style goal.
  4. The shape of the room is important, because it will help narrow down the types of rugs that will work best.
  5. A large rug needs a border. This is an important rule, so measure a border of at least 45 cm from rug to wall on each side of the rug, or at least 20 cm if the room is smaller. Equal measurements are vital to a symmetrical finish, once the rug is in place.
  6. Do yourself a favour and have a sneak peek at what your rug will look like by using masking or other tape to create a border on the floor where the rug will be placed. Once the tape is in place, you can measure the length and width of the room. A good guide is to always allow a 5 cm room to manoeuvre when measuring the room to avoid you choosing a rug that is too big or too small for the space.
  7. Don’t overlook carpeted living spaces. Area rugs are a wonderful and easy way to add interest and playfulness to a carpeted room.

Should you require further assistance when it comes to purchasing a rug, feel free to visit your nearest Top Carpets & Floors branch or buy online.

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