A Semi-Deep Dive Into Purchasing Area Rugs Online
A lot has changed since February 2020, but online shopping is not one of them. It’s still the go-to method of purchasing items (likely more so now, so I guess it has changed a little) and a darn convenient method at that. This article will be a cautionary tale about shopping online for area rugs. Area rugs can really flavor a room, but like most things you want to make sure you get the right flavor.
A lot of people think they can just “eyeball” their living room or bedroom and magically
know what size rug they should get. We’ve got bad news, you’re not that talented (our apologies, but if you took pride in your ability to eyeball things, we’re probably doing you a favor). The fact of the matter is the size of the room is not what dictates the proper size of an area rug; use painters’ tape to set up your ideal rug size, then measure that.
Failing to measure will frequently result in an area rug that covers much too small an area. As a general rule, make sure your rug is large enough that the front legs of your furniture will sit on it with a complete redesign of the room. If you can’t find the perfect fit, err on the size of larger rather than smaller; it is very disconcerting to see an undersize rug.
Once you’ve found the right sized rug, your job is not done; give some thought to the thickness (“pile height”) of the rug. Not all rugs are comfy and soft, and it’s easy to forget that. As a general rule, the thicker the rug, the “fluffier” it is. Thin rugs are generally less comfortable; the thickness of your area rug can also add (or detract) from the flavor of the room, so put some thought into what you want.
Finally, no matter how confident you are that you’ve done your homework, it’s entirely possible that you got the wrong rug. While shopping online, make sure you’re purchasing from a place that has buyer-friendly return policies (e.g., free return – rugs are heavy and therefore expensive to ship).
At the Chernov Team we understand that knowledge is power, and knowledge of how to really spruce up your room with the right area rug is powerful knowledge indeed. At the Chernov Team we know that whoever comes to the table most prepared leaves with the most, and the Chernov Team always leaves the table with the most.