8/16/2017

Things To Consider When Buying A Rug For The Family Home



Living with a family often means that practicality becomes your main focus when it comes to your home. Over recent years, the interiors world has become far more accommodating to family life by incorporating both practicality and style. A home isn’t complete without a rug, they tie together themes in a room and add that welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. Although, if you have kids, it can be hard to know what you need to be looking for. Here is a list put together by the team at Rug Mountain to help you find that perfect rug.

Durability and Pile Length
One of the most important features your rug must have is the ability to survive in the family home and this puts durability at the top of your list. The rug you choose needs to be able to handle the busy environment of the family home without diminishing over time. It's best therefore to avoid rugs with a longer pile. The pile length refers to how long the material is. For example, a shaggy or sheepskin rug has a long pile thanks to their fluffy texture. Although longer pile rugs are beautifully soft, they aren't ideal when you've kid kids running around or playing on them all day. This causes the softer texture to wear down quicker and ruin that gorgeous feel. A deeper pile will also retain dirt and dust more so than a shorter pile rug. This isn’t great for the little ones who spend a lot of time on their hands and knees playing or crawling around. Similarly, longer pile rugs can’t be vacuumed as easily as this destroys the material over a long time period. Ideally, you therefore want a low pile rug that’s easier to maintain, can be vacuumed and can handle a higher usage.

Easy to Clean
The number one factor that comes up time and time again. Cleaning. No one enjoys it, but unfortunately with a family this can be your number one concern. When choosing a rug, try to find one that is made from a material that is easily salvageable from those food and drink spills. However, this brings with it good news. As a general tip, you want to be avoiding more expensive rugs. This is because expensive rugs are made from higher quality but more delicate materials which makes them a nightmare to clean. A simple nylon or acrylic rug is you best bet as they can handle cleaning products far easier than their expensive counterparts.

Colour
The colour of your rug is a chance for you to work with personalisation and pick something that reflects your home. You might want a rug that blends in with your floor or alternatively maybe you’re after a pop of colour for a dramatic flare. However, if you’ve got a family, there are some colours your should try to avoid to increase the life of your rug. It comes as no surprise to learn that the paler the rug, the more likely it is to show up dirt and stains. Because of this, try to avoid white rugs, for obvious reasons! If you’ve got your heart set on a lighter rug try instead a brown, cream of beige for a neutral palette. Your safest bet would be a rug with more colour, as this will show up dirt far less and can mask those odd imperfections far more easily.

What do you look for when buying a rug for the family home?

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8 comments:

  1. Fantastic tips, I love the ones pictured they are very pretty and colourful xXx

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  2. Great tips. Being easy to clean is definately a consideration with children around

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  3. We had some fairly epic fails with rugs when the children were little!

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  4. Same as you especially in living area
    Cheap and cheerful spent last long so best to invest

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  5. My Mum loved rugs. They were used in many areas, under the Coffe table in the living room, and on other areas of the home which had to endure much in regards to foothold ( wear and tear). As with a family, and one which brought friends home :- carpets were protected in areas by rugs. The rugs could be shaken outside :- removed the crumbs and debris. Could be hovered. Mum being practical bought machine washable rugs. So the home could be cleaned, and carpets lasted as long as Mum cold manage (due to protection from strategically placed rugs). This was all practical, as busy household with limited finances. As Mum was widowed young. Family life, being friendly and sociable with friends, relatives and neighbours were important, it was a culture which she was brought up with.

    Getting Mum to stop using rugs has been very difficult. Despite her having falls ( none due to a rug). Though some others have been caught out by corner of a rug. She eventually vastly reduced their use :- As many of us are at greater risk of falls, and damage from falls as we age, etc.

    What I do like are the rugs which are also for use for toy cars :- road ways etc on rug. Could provide lots of fun time for children.

    Rugs like most things in life have pros and cons. Some sensible considerations within the blog. Flooring is an important aspect within a household.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. Have a nice rug that covers the whole of my living room it's about 5 years old but still great condition

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  7. Rugs come in such a wide variety of designs.

    Rachel Craig

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  8. Rugs can come in a variety of shapes, which can be practical, eye-catching design, etc.

    Rachel Craig

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