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Holiday Refresher: Carpet & Rug 101

One of the best ways to freshen up your home for holiday guests is to add new carpet or area rugs. From style to construction, there’s a lot to consider when purchasing carpet and rugs. Not sure how to get started? We’re here to help.

Carpet – Where to Start

With so many options, it can be overwhelming when choosing carpet for your home. Fortunately, we’ll walk you through the process, so you’ll have a room or house full of carpet that accentuates the style and beauty of your home. Before you walk in the store, here are some questions to consider:

How will the room be used?

Will there be heavy or light traffic?

Is the room a hub of activity for family and entertaining?

Who will use the room – children, pets, elderly individuals?

Is there direct access from outside, or will the carpet be away from entrances?

Will the carpet receive direct sunlight?

Answers to these questions will help you and our sales associates determine which carpet will best suit your space – taking into consideration choices in color, construction, style and stain-resistance. You may also want to bring fabric, paint or wallpaper swatches to ensure the carpet will coordinate with your existing colors and décor. To get an idea of costs, it’s best to come prepared with a rough estimate of the size of your room(s). But don’t worry, our professionals will take exact final measurements when you’re ready to purchase.

Area Rugs – Sized Right

“What size rug do I need?” is a question we get all the time. The type of room, size and furniture layout are key components in answering this question. One of the most common pitfalls is selecting a rug that’s too small – it’s always best to err on the side of choosing a larger size, so it doesn’t look out of place in your room. Following are some simple tips to make sure you get the right size rug for your space:

Living Area: You have three choices in a living space – 1. All furniture legs on the rug, which is the best option, especially for open concept spaces. 2. Front legs on the rug, which is the most versatile choice. 3. Only coffee table on the rug, which is suitable for smaller spaces.

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Dining Room: The key here is to make sure chair legs aren’t sitting on uneven surfaces or catching the rug when they’re pulled in and out. Simply measure the length and width of your table (or the diameter if it’s round) and add 36 inches. Don’t forget to include the leaves of your table if you’ll be using them.

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Bedroom: Let the size of your bed be the guide for your rug size. Basically, you have three choices for rug configuration – 1. All furniture legs on the rug, with an additional 18-24 inches beyond all sides of the bed. 2. 2/3 of the bed on the rug, with an additional 18-24 inches beyond the sides and front of the bed. 3. Runners on each side of the bed, with the width slightly larger than your nightstands and the length shorter than the end of the bed.

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Other Rooms: Runners work great in kitchens with an island or galley layout, as well as in hallways. For entryways, let your door be your guide, using its width as a baseline and ensuring the door will clear the rug when it’s opened. Depending on the entry, round, rectangular or runners are ideal.