Rugs, and of course, quality rug pads built for your specific set of needs, as we all know, can really tie a room together. The right rug can make you want just want to be in a certain room because you like the vibe that it gives off. The wrong rug can really kill the vibe of a room and make it look a lot worse that it really is. To give your house or apartment the look and feel that you really want, the one that feels like home and is hospitable to guests, then you will need a few pointers on how to choose the best rug.
The make sure you get the right rug for your room, you could always get one custom made. But that commands a very high price that is necessary to incur, especially when you consider that there are plenty of rugs available from the store that will work great for your needs. The standard sizes from the stores are 12 x 14, 9 x 12, 8 x 10, 6 x 9, 5 x 8, and 4 x 6, among a few other odd sizes. These should work for pretty much any room you have. Nonetheless, you will need to get out the old measuring tape and figure out exactly how big of a rug you need before you go to the store. Do not get an area rug that will exactly fit the available floor space in your room. Get one that will leave a few inches on all sides. However, be cautios of sliding with area carpets. You might want to get a rug pad to ensure that the carpet stays in place, and the best material to prevent this is often felt, making felt mixed with natural rubber rug pads likely your best choice.
The rugs that will work best for you make not come in the shape that you need right away. For example, your furniture may be arranged in a square pattern or your room may be in the shape of a square. You can either order a custom rug that will exactly fill the space you need, or you can get a broadloom and have it cut to the size that you need. Another tip that you should keep in mind is that your rug has to be coordinated with the furniture that you have in your room. If you are trying to put a rug in a room that already has furniture, from a technical standpoint, you will want a dense rubber rug pad under your carpet to prevent any indentations from the furniture occurring on the rug. As for the looks, it is best to take a pillow or a cushion with you to the store so you can be sure it matches. A photo can work, but it is best to have the real thing because that way the colors will match up exactly as you want.
One thing about rugs that may seem counterintuitive is that price is not necessarily a reflection of quality. It is possible that a rug costing around a thousand dollars works a lot better in your room than a rug costing in the ten thousand dollar range. Be prepared to spend more if that is the best option, but just keep an open mind about the items towards the lower end of the price spectrum, and remember that quality rubber rug pads, especially those made with natural rubber, can also have a price that is high for some. Finally, choose a store that will deliver the rug to your house or apartment even lay it out for you at no extra cost.