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Picking the Right Area Rug

  • Area Rugs for Living Rooms

    As I mentioned before, the number one question I get form my customers is, “what size area rug do I really need?”

    First thing you have to think about is the size of your living room. If you have an open floor plan / contemporary or loft style living room then generally you will want all of the furniture on the area rug like the picture below.

    Custom Murphy all furniture on rug400 wide

    This helps define the living space and creates a room within a room.
    Make sure all of your walkways are clear when measuring and you have arranged the furniture so its going to be most comfortable.

    If you have a more traditional/standard style or sized living room (not an open floor plan) and your living room has hard surface flooring like hardwoods, tile etc. the front legs of each piece of furniture should be on the area rug. Ideally each piece of furniture would have the front legs siting on the area rug at least 8-12 inches.

    kim and stus area rug 400 wide

    If you using an area rug on top of wall to wall carpeting, you can get away with a smaller rug and not putting the furniture on top of the area rug.

    Keep in mind this is only a best practice guideline and often times the rug that works best for your room doesn’t come in the exact size you might need.

  • Area Rug Pads

    Area rug pads are often overlooked when buying an area rug.

    Don’t fall for companies offering  “Free Rug Pads.” A lot of time these cheap pads leave a waffle print on your hardwoods and aren’t the right rug pad needed for the type of rug you purchased.

    There are four types of Area Rug Pads that we highly recommend:

    Duo-lock Area Rug Pads have great quality and are thicker than most rug pads. Designed for 4 x 6 or larger sized area rugs on any hard surface or wall to wall carpet. However I don’t recommend these pads if your area rug is going to sit on top of carpet with heavy furniture on top. (See No Muv Pad below for these circumstances)

    Duo-Lock also known as Durahold pads keep the rug from stretching out of shape, keep the rug secured in place, as well as add luxurious cushion to the feel of your rug. Like all rug pads the rug pad must be cut to fit the rug by trimming the pad 1 ½” inches smaller than the rug itself on all four sides. This will make the rug lay smoothly over the edge of the pad to avoid a tripping hazard. Very important! You must use a carpet knife with fresh blade for trimming!

    2) Teebaud Area Rug Pad is a thin pad designed for smaller rugs, runners, and rugs with a slick backing. Slick backing refers to a very highly dense machine made rug. Teebaud Pads are also designed for smaller rugs on top of wall to wall carpet or hard surface to keep them from crawling. It really locks the rug in place!
    The grey side of the pad is for hard surface and the white side of the pad is for wall to wall carpeting. When this pad is applied to hard surface it will leave a slight residue on the floor. But if you take a clean white cloth and apply 409 to the towel (not the floor) and gently rub, you shouldn’t have any harm to your floors. Frequent removing of the pad is not necessary every time you clean. Just vacuum and then take a damp cloth and go around the edges of the rug. Also keep in mind that every time you remove the pad some of the tackiness of the pad will wear off. Remember to always ask the installer of new hardwoods how long you should wait before placing any pads on newly installed hardwoods!

    3) Grip It Solid Area Rug Pads are designed for 5 x 8 or larger rugs going on hard surfaces when you don’t really need the extra cushion. Ideal locations include areas with little traffic like under breakfast table, formal dining tables etc. This thinner pad will also work better where constant moving of chairs is involved. Grip It Pad comes in standard sizes and is very easy to trim with a nice pair of scissors.
    4) No Muv Rug Pad, most people don’t even know this pad exists!!

    It ‘s firmer to the touch and designed to stop an area rug from buckling where the legs of the furniture sits when you’re using an area rug applied on top of wall to wall carpeting. This rug pad must be cut to fit the rug by trimming the pad 1 ½” inches smaller than the rug itself on all four sides. This will make the rug lay smoothly over the edge of the pad to avoid a tripping hazard. Very important! You must use a carpet knife with a fresh blade for trimming and be very careful not to cut the carpet underneath!
    No Muv pad cannot be folded when shipped!

    You can buy area rug pads online on our web site here.

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