How To Choose The Best Area Rug For Any Room

Posted on 19 October 2021

If you’re considering purchasing an area rug, there’s no better time than now.

Today’s market has the widest variety of styles, colors, sizes, and price points for every space. Being Central Ohio’s most trusted rug dealer for over 111 years, the experts at K.A. Menendian are constantly brushing up on the latest industry trends to make sure your investment in an area rug is a promising one.

In this article, we shed light on how to choose the best area rug for any room and what variables you should consider before finalizing your purchase.

Why You Should Avoid Online Rug Shopping

A major challenge in today's rug industry is the poor construction and materials of certain rugs that can significantly shorten the lifespan of a rug. As a result, those purchasing the rug become frustrated with the poor quality and care that went into making the rug in the first place. We see this far too often with online rug purchases. The rug looks great thanks to professional photography and staging, but the handmade quality you would find at our local rug showroom, K.A. Menendian, just isn’t there.

Instead of taking the risk of investing in an area rug without seeing it first, K.A. Menendian makes it a priority to educate our customers and put our expertise to work. We walk you through the entire process to ensure you’re receiving the best value and quality. A rug may look great online, but due to certain factors including poor construction and less durable and stain-resistant materials and dyes, one rug may only have a useful life of 5 to 10 years while another rug at a similar price could easily last for over 20 years.

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This is why it’s so important to make an educated decision about choosing the best area rug. There’s much more to consider than colors, design, and size. Always prioritize rug quality so you can enjoy your rug for many, many years to come. Never be afraid to question the integrity in which your rug was made. When working with us, customers can even take advantage of a complimentary, several-day trial period to “test drive” the rug and make sure it’s the right fit.

Things To Consider Before Investing In Your Rug

Finding the best rug for your room is truly an adventure. Our staff strives to make the rug purchasing process fun and enjoyable from the second you walk into our showroom until you’ve styled the rug at home or work.

As we mentioned above, your rug is an investment. It’s essential to ask the right questions to set yourself up for success in the long run. A few questions we may ask during your rug showroom visit are:

  • What room/space is the rug for?
  • Is this a heavily used room/space and how is it used?
  • Do you have pets or children in the home?
  • Potential spills and accidents?
  • What is the size of the space the rug will be in?
  • What pieces of furniture are in the room? Are there vents or outlets in the floor?
  • What style of rug do you prefer? Modern, casual, or traditional?
  • Would you prefer the furniture to partially or completely sit on the rug?
  • What color palate is the room?
  • Would you like the rug to make a statement or be more subdued?
  • What budget do you feel comfortable with?
  • What useful lifespan would you like to have for this rug?
  • Were you browsing our online rug gallery for a certain rug?

You can rest assured knowing you’re working with the most trusted rug dealer in Ohio when you step into our store. Our experts are trained to help you find the best rug for any space!

Popular Rug Trends

Area rugs are the perfect way to accentuate on personal taste and style. Customers shopping for the latest rug trends is something we often see and are very familiar with. The classic styles with updated/current colors are always a great option if you’re looking for something outside the box. This year alone we’ve seen old time classic styles like Heriz, Serapi, Kazak, and Oushak incorporated into current color trends that produce a beautiful final result.

Many interior designers are seeking the antique or vintage looking distressed pile and pattern right now. Should you want to walk on the wild side, we also carry animal print rugs - including stair runners - that add a worldly feel to your space. Because we feature so many leading brands like Tufenkian and Nourison, you have a wide variety of area rug options to choose from no matter the trend you’re channeling.

How To Style Your Area Rug In Your Space

There are a few interior decorating rules of thumb to take into account when adding a rug to your space. Be it your living room, dining room, or bedroom - our rug showroom features every shape and size of rug to ensure you’re getting the rug of your dreams.

Living Room Rug Tips

You want to make sure your living room is an inviting space for guests and most importantly a place you can retreat to after a long day. Two “best practice” options to style your living room rug are shown below: all furniture legs on the rug or just the front legs on the rug.

When choosing a living room area rug that all of your furniture fits on, sizing up is most likely your best option, especially if you have a larger or open concept style of living room.

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Choosing the largest area rug isn’t always compatible with your preferred price range. Investing in an area rug where you can easily place the first half of your couch and/or chairs with a coffee table in the middle is a great alternative.

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Dining Room Rug Tips

When choosing a rug for your dining room, think big. You’ll want to narrow it down to a rug that all four legs of each chair fit on the rug even when they’re pulled out and have people sitting in them. Just like styling a rug in your living room, your dining room should go with one of these two options: a rug that takes up the majority of your dining room space or a smaller rug that still accommodates dining chairs when they’re pulled out.

It all depends on your preference and characteristics of your room. If you’re not sure about which rug to choose for your dining room, our rug experts can help you decide.

Selecting an area rug that is nearly the size of your dining room is a convenient, yet trendy choice. There’s no room for doubt in terms of whether the chairs will still fit on the rug when they’re pulled out and have people sitting in them.

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Just like choosing a living room rug, there are more cost-efficient options out there for your dining room rug. If you're opting for a smaller area rug, keep in mind the dimensions you need to cover. The trick is to make sure that no matter what rug you choose, it should accommodate pulled out chairs and be in the center of the room.

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Bedroom Rug Tips

Choosing a rug in your master, guest, or secondary bedroom comes with much more styling options that are aesthetically pleasing. The goal of styling a rug in a bedroom is to incorporate the rug in a way that works with the size of the bed and the size of the room as a whole. Our network of Columbus interior designers find the following placement tips to work best with the majority of most bedroom layouts:

A rug that covers the majority of the bedroom space and all furniture is on the rug. Make sure there’s a “framing” effect with the rug and the floor underneath to add depth to the room.

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If you have a larger bed like a king or a queen, a mid-size rug is a good option for you. As shown in the picture to the left, the rug goes underneath the bed, but does not go under the nightstands on either side of the bed.

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Looking to mix and match two different rugs in the same color scheme, but are the same size? One of our favorite styling options is to use two rugs on either side of the bed. This looks best when the bed is in the center of the room.

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Sometimes bedrooms look best when the bed is off-center or against a wall. Create a cozy environment with a smaller rug that is off to the side and extends under a nightstand.

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The size of the bedroom rug you purchase comes down to the layout and size of your room which is great to know when shopping for a rug at our store.

Choose An Area Rug You'll Love For Years To Come

Purchasing a new area rug is a great way to enhance and freshen up your space. Remember to make an educated decision about the rug you’re buying by doing some research and always factor in the quality elements of a rug including the construction and material type. Shopping for rugs online can be misleading, confusing and often leads to unsatisfied customers. The rug looks great at first, but quickly wears down due to poor construction and materials.

Rug trends are always changing, which is why it’s so beneficial to visit your local rug showroom, K.A. Menendian! Meet with our rug experts to find the best area rug for your personal style and space. Depending on what room you’re shopping for, there are numerous styling options to choose from. When in doubt, never be afraid to ask us questions to help narrow down your search for the perfect area rug.

We're Here To Help

K.A. Menendian is here to make the area rug purchasing process as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. We ask the right questions to match you with the best area rug for your home or office. We invite you to stop by our showroom (no appointment needed) and browse the widest selection of quality rugs in endless colors and styles at the best guaranteed prices. We look forward to meeting you!

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