Autumn is officially upon us! You know what that means: colder weather, everything is covered in pumpkin spice, and there’s an emphasis on coziness. Chunky sweaters, fuzzy socks, and anything that will keep you warm are all the rage at this time of year. In the flooring world, the epitome of cozy is an area rug. After all, it offers your feet a warmer welcome than vinyl after a chilly night. Before you take the leap, here are four dos and don’ts for area rugs.
DO cover high-traffic areas.
Areas like living rooms, hallways, and dining rooms can see a lot of foot traffic throughout the day. Using an area rug can help to protect the floor. Acting as a physical barrier, they keep dirt, bacteria, and other grime from permeating your floors. Be sure to avoid uneven wear and tear by covering the entire high-traffic area.
DON’T skimp on size.
It’s a common mistake to underestimate the size necessary to adequately cover an area. Not only can it look awkward or out of place, but it can also lead to uneven wear in the surrounding area. It may sound daunting to purchase a large rug, but it’s still more cost-efficient than installing carpet.
DO know how to clean it.
Buyer beware! Make sure you check the cleaning instructions before you purchase an area rug. This can save you the time and effort it might take to remove gnarly stains, as well as the money it would take to be professionally cleaned or replaced. Be sure to check what your rug is made of! Some fibers are not meant to be cleaned, and the whole rug may need to be replaced in the event of a stain.
DON’T be afraid of colors and patterns.
Area rugs can bring life into any room! Let your personality shine through by experimenting with different colors and patterns. The benefit of styling a room with an area rug is that it’s not a permanent fixture, so it can be replaced whenever the style doesn’t suit you anymore. Even better, you can find some fairly inexpensive area rugs, so go with whatever speaks to you!
Area rugs are perfect for Fall, and you don’t have to look far to find them! Eastman’s Carpets strives to maintain one of the largest rug selections in the area. Fall in love with your floors again and visit our showroom today!