What's an Area Rug & Why Use It?

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If you love the softness of carpets, but aren’t a big fan of that “wall-to-wall” look, an area rug might offer the perfect design solution. In this article, the flooring experts at Flooring America explain what area rugs are, the purpose and advantages of rugs, and some helpful information about decorating with area rugs on hardwood floors.

What Is an Area Rug?

An area rug is simply a carpet, often much smaller than the dimensions of the room. Unlike wall-to-wall carpeting, which stretches across the entire room, area rugs come in a variety of sizes, such as 5’x8’ and 8’x11’ being some of the most popular sizes. Some area rugs are geometric (often rectangular or circular in form), while others come in irregular, organic shapes (such as sheepskin or cowhide area rugs).

Another major difference is that wall-to-wall carpeting is fixed to the floor, requiring serious effort to remove and replace. In contrast, area rugs can be easily picked up and carried from one room to another. This lightweight, portable quality — plus their huge variety in colors, patterns, and textures — makes area rugs a great design fit for spaces of every shape and size. Many people use area rugs to help “tie a room together,” instantly creating a focal point.


What Are the Advantages of Using an Area Rug?

Now that you know what an area rug is and how it can be used in your home, it’s time to learn about some of the design benefits it can have for your space. There are a lot of advantages to using area rugs, and here are just three of our favorites: 

  • Make your space quieter.

    Rugs have a sound-dampening effect, which means that they help to reduce noise. That’s a major bonus for families and pet owners — especially if there are downstairs neighbors! After all, who wouldn’t enjoy some extra peace and quiet? Plus, having a quieter, more tranquil space makes it easier for you to relax, recharge, study, read, and sleep.

  • Protect your floors from damage.

    Furniture, pet claws, and other sharp or heavy objects can gouge deep, unsightly scratches into your floors. Area rugs offer a simple, attractive solution. Since they’re also lightweight and portable, they’re easy to remove at any time. If scratch marks are a major concern for you, consider flooring materials like stone or luxury vinyl, which are more durable and damage-resistant than wood.

  • Warm up your space.

    If you live in a cooler part of the country, you know how much that heating bill can hurt your wallet — especially during those brutal winter months. Heat your home more efficiently and affordably by using area rugs, which help to trap warmth and make your space feel cozier.


Do You Need to Use an Area Rug on Hardwood Floors?

The short answer to this question is no, you don’t have to use an area rug on your hardwood floor if you really prefer not to. Just remember: even though you might not need area rugs on hardwood floors, there are plenty of practical and aesthetic reasons to consider purchasing one. If you’re still on the fence, just think about the advantages we discussed in the last section, like warmth, noise reduction, and — maybe most importantly — protection against damage.

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Not sure whether an area rug is right for your space? Then head over to My Design Finder, where you’re sure to find inspiration. Simply answer a few quick questions about your taste and style in interior decorating, and My Design Finder will give you customized room design ideas almost instantly! To learn more about hardwood floors, carpet, or other home flooring products, contact Flooring America online, or call (855) 352-2837 today.

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