How to Use an Area Rug on Hardwood Floors

How to Use an Area Rug on Hardwood Floors

Area rugs on hardwood floors can be a beautiful addition to any space, but they need a little extra care when decorating your home. You have to consider best installation practices, room prep, and selecting the best rug for your home. 

First, you need to have a certain style in mind for your rug that will help you define your space. You should consider the room you are decorating, the foot traffic in the room, the size of the room, and the mood you want to create. For example, a large, fluffy rug is usually placed in a living room to protect the main furniture such as a coffee table and additional seating. But, a home office needs a much flatter rug that is thin enough to allow for easy movement of a chair. If you have a spare room that functions as both a sitting room and an office, you may want to choose to use a large rug placed under your sitting furniture and a different rug beneath your desk.

The size of the rug is important. If the rug is too large for the room, it will make the space seem smaller than it actually is. And if it is too small, it will make the room feel awkward and mismatched. Therefore, you should focus less on room size and more on furniture size and layout. You want to get a rug that can fit all of your furniture so that you don’t have a rogue chair leg scraping your beautiful hardwood floor.

You should choose a rug that is both functional and will withstand the test of time, meaning your rug needs to be high quality and adaptable to shifting design trends. A high-quality rug will last a long time without damaging the wood flooring beneath it. Be that as it may, despite a potentially significant upfront cost, it is wise to buy the best quality you can afford.

No matter the kind of rug you buy, an essential step is getting yourself a high quality, non-slip rug pad. A rug pad will help keep your rug in place and prevent dirt and dust from grinding under the rug and damaging the hardwood floor surface beneath. It also prevents bacteria from building up, which can otherwise result in unpleasant odors and similar effects. A pad also adds more comfort and luxury to your home and can even help absorb sound, making your space a quiet sanctuary.

Finally, make sure your rug enhances your space and does not completely hide your beautiful hardwood floors. You should leave at least several inches of the rug perimeter bare so that your hardwood floor can shine through.

Using area rugs on hardwood floors can create a warm and inviting space. However, to get the best look, you need to take a few things into consideration, such as defining your space, selecting the right size and quality, investing in a rug pad, and ensuring that your rug does not bury your hardwood floors. These tips and tricks will help you make the most of your area rug, giving you a stylish, safe, and comfortable space that you will love for years to come.

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