I don’t like carpet but I do like rugs. My husband doesn’t like carpet and he also doesn’t like rugs. So we’ve had to compromise. No carpet but as many rugs as I can get away with.
Rugs have lots of different purposes.
1. To contain dirt. I recently put an old bathroom rug in front of the back door. I didn’t intend for it to look pretty or to be there forever. Its sole purpose was to keep the dog from tracking mud, dirt and water through the kitchen. A couple times I’ve actually made her stop on the rug while I used it to wipe her feet off. I wasn’t sure it was really doing much good until I shook it out today. I couldn’t believe all the dirt that was in that rug. So I guess putting rugs at your doorways really does cut down on the dirt that’s tracked in your house.
2. Safety. Some rugs help keep us safer – like bathroom rugs. If you have a tile floor, it can be a bit slick if it gets wet or if you are wet. Stepping on a rug as you get out of the shower keeps you from slipping plus it’s more comfortable.
In our bathrooms, the rugs also keep our feet warm during the winter. That’s really important!
3. Comfort. I put a rug in our granddaughter’s room so it’s more comfortable for her to play in there. No one wants to sit on a wood floor and play. The rug makes a nice play area.
4. Decoration. Of course, sometimes a rug is simply to make a room look better.
5. GPS. You’re probably thinking, “What????” Here’s the deal. This house has six steps between the master bedroom and the rest of the house. The bottom step sticks out a little bit and we noticed we kept forgetting it was there. After tripping multiple times, I put this rug at the bottom of the steps to remind us of where the last step ended. It actually works really well. I don’t anticipate having it here forever, but for now, it keeps us from hurting ourselves.
6. For a specific purpose. My husband likes to stretch and do a few exercises but there’s not a good spot for that. So I added a rug in the master bedroom specifically for that purpose. An added bonus is that the dog never goes upstairs so the rug is dog-smell-free. He really likes that.
When buying rugs, keep these things in mind:
1. For smaller rugs, as much as possible, stick with rugs that have rubber backs. They’re safer plus they can be washed. I use rubber backed rugs at the entry and the bathroom. If I had a rug in my kitchen, I would have a rubber backed one there, too.
2. If the rug will be anchored by furniture, you don’t need to worry about slippage. But if the rug won’t be anchored by furniture and doesn’t have a rubber back, you’ll need something to keep it from slipping. I’ve seen people use double sided tape but I don’t think that’s good for the floor. I’ve also seen where people have used silicone caulk on the back of the rug. I haven’t tried that one yet. When I needed something for David’s exercise rug, I went the old-fashioned route and bought a non-slip pad. It was expensive but now the rug doesn’t move.
3. Consider what the rug will be used for and whether it’s a high traffic area. Don’t spend big money on a rug for an area where you’ll be eating and drinking. You’ll be singing the blues the first time somebody spills on your expensive rug.
4. Consider how easy it will be to clean the rug. At our last house, we purchased a shag rug for our family room. It was gorgeous but it was a big pain. It was hard to vacuum. Plus, for some reason, our cat liked puking on it and it was nearly impossible to clean up.
5. And finally, consider whether the rug will be an asset or a hindrance. Lots of people have rugs under their dining room table. We don’t. We never have. I would love to have one because it would make the room look prettier but we consider it a hindrance. We eat at our dining room table and having a rug makes it harder to slide the chairs in and out. It doesn’t help that our chairs are REALLY heavy. So we’ve opted not to have a rug.
Do you use area/throw rugs in your house?
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