Some Advices Before Purchasing Rugs
A rug or carpet is a textile floor covering consisting of an upper layer of pile attached to a backing and the pile is generally either made from wool or a man made fiber such as polypropylene,nylon or polyester and usually consists of twisted tufts which are often heat-treated to maintain their structure. Rugs not only bring color and design to the room but octagonal rugs can help hide imperfections in the shape of the area or cover up flaws in the floor like much other rugs before area rugs offer the most variety in floor coverings therefore, before you buy, you need to know just a couple more things about them or other than that they can define a space and elevate your decor and whether you choose handmade or machine made, antique or thoroughly modern, you need to consider these questions:
1. Decide on size and shape
Area rugs are made in standard and non-standard sizes and they can be rectangular (most common), round, square, oval, octagonal or long and narrow for runners. The most common sizes are 2’x3’, 4’x6’, 5’x8’, 6’x9’, 8’x10’ and up.
a. Choosing the correct size area rug depends on the dimensions of the space you want to cover. Here are some hints on how to figure out what size rug you need.
b. If you are thinking square or rectangle, place a piece of paper where each of the corners will fall in the area you wish to cover. Measure the space and adjust the “corners” as needed to make the space larger or smaller given the standard rug sizes. You’ll probably have to go up or down a few inches. Take your time.
c. If you’re considering a round rug, you can run a piece of tape from the center of the space you want to cover to the outside edge. Measure it. This gives you the radius of the circle. Double it and you have the diameter. Round rugs are sold by the diameter. Again, you may have to adjust it up or down to reach a standard rug size.
d.Oblongs or ovals are measured like rectangles — by the length of the longest part and the width of the widest part. You can run a piece of tape on your floor to determine the length and a second to determine the width. You will have a large cross taped to your floor, but it will tell you how big an oblong you need to cover the space.
e. If you choose to cover the whole room with your area rug, it is best to leave a 12-inch to 15-inch border of flooring exposed to frame your rug.
f. Rugs that are destined to go under the dining room table should be large enough so that when seated at the table, the back legs of your guests’ chairs are on the rug with enough space to push back and stand up. This way, no one has to go over the edge to getup from the table.
2. Decide the color
Color is at least as important for an area rug as how it’s made. The combination of color, design and setting (your room) all come together to create your own personal artistic statement. Area rugs don’t have to match the colors of the room precisely. Great interior design often features combinations of colors that either contrast or compliment a room’s primary color scheme. But a good rule of thumb is to stick to one primary shade and two additional colors.
3. Decide the pattern
Pattern is divided into three categories in the rug industry: curvilinear, geometric and pictorial. Knowing what kind of pattern you prefer can help narrow the field a bit. Curvilinear literally means curved lines. It refers to patterns with swirl, arc and bows. Geometric refers to patterns based on simple geometric shapes such as, lines, triangles, squares and rectangles. Pictorial, the smallest group, refers to patterns that portray people, animals and scenes.
4. Decide the style
Style is such an ambiguous idea. It simply means a distinctive manner of expression. Over time, names get attached to the word style: Contemporary style. Classical style. Art Deco style. Your style can draw on bits and pieces of all of these and more. It is a personal expression of the way you want to live your life. Rugs also have acquired styles: Natural, Navajo, Oriental, Persian, Chinese, Turkoman, Caucasian, Tibetan, Indian and Colonial, just to name just a few. No one expects you to know all of these or even some of these. You need to know what you like. If you do some research and find an image of an area rug you find attractive, take it to your retailer and then you can discuss what style it is. It’s another way of beginning the search.
5. Finally, Be Calculating!
Figure the total cost of rug ownership. The price on the tag of the rug you’re buying is just one component of your cost. You don’t want any of those Aha! moments, right?
a. Product Delivery
Delivering your rug and padding to your home may or may not be included in the price you’re quoted.
Many retailers offer financing. Financing is not an additional cost, but rather an option of payment. It usually requires interest payments and that can add to the total cost.