Today, I want to share with you a few tips for online rug shopping. No playing I used to think shopping for rugs both in the store and online was pretty easy. I realize now it’s because I only needed one or two rugs at the same time so the options weren’t wildly overwhelming….it either worked or it didn’t…those were the only two options.
Lately, I’ve been searching for multiple rugs for various projects we’ve been working on and I’ve hit a bit of a wall when it comes to shopping at my “go to” places like TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods. They still have great options at great prices and are definitely worth checking out. But at the time they didn’t have any rugs that worked for the projects I was pulling together which led me to shopping for rugs online.
And you guys, that’s just a completely different experience you know what I mean?
We recently gave the master bathroom a bit of a makeover and one of the main features of the space was going to be a new rug. In the weeks leading up to the makeover, I found THE perfect rug online and it literally sat in my cart all that time while I rode around town looking for other options. With time running out I finally realized I was comparing every other rug I had seen to the one I had already found online. I wised up, headed home and completed the transaction wondering all the while what had taken me so long.
Shopping for rugs online is sometimes scary, I totally get it. It doesn’t have to be though. Here are a few tips to keep in mind… (Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)
Determine How You Will Use the Rug – knowing how you will use the rug is important because it will also help you to determine the pile, material and texture you’ll need. Consider if the rug will get wet or if it will be placed in a high or low traffic area before you purchase.
Determine What Size Rug You Need – when it comes to rugs bigger is better. Choose a rug that makes the rest of your space feel expansive and defines a functional area like creating a seating area in the living room.
If you’re not sure which size is best try other rugs you have at home or tape the area out using painters tape. It will help you better visualize the amount of space the rug will take up in the room. We recently used this technique for the bathroom makeover when I couldn’t decide if I should use a runner, 3×5, or a 5×7. You can see immediately which option was best…
Determine the Pattern & Color You Want to Use – consider the type of flooring your rug will be on top of such as hardwood or engineered woods, concrete, tile or carpet then determine if you’ll need a rug pad or not. When in doubt consider buying a neutral rug that can be used in multiple rooms especially if you like to freshen up your décor on a regular basis.
Pin and print out pictures of rugs that have stolen your heart then try them out in the room (you can also do this with a tablet or a phone). This is the picture of a rug I tried out for the master bathroom. Keep in mind, the colors on our computer screens and the color of the fibers in the rug may not always be the same level of saturation so make sure you understand the return/exchange policy prior to ordering.
Determine the Best Rug Material for Your Needs – the rugs in our home that have lasted the longest are rugs with 100% natural materials (think plush thick wool rugs) or rugs that have a natural weave like jute.
That being said, I know rugs made with natural materials are not always an option or budget friendly especially if you have mischievous and/or elderly pets or littles that like to play hard. If this is the case consider rugs that are labeled indoor/outdoor or are made with mixed materials. They won’t feel as plush under your feet overtime but it will be easier to swallow if the rug gets messed up or stained for whatever reason and you have to replace it.
Another thing to consider before you buy is the pile of the rug meaning the height of the rug fibers. Shorter pile rugs seem to be easier to clean and will last longer than say longer pile shag rugs.
Determine Your Budget – most of the time the price of the rug will be based on size of the rug and the material/weave used to create the rug. Take a bit of extra time to shop around online at places like Joss and Main, Wayfair, Overstock and Amazon to make sure you’re getting the best deal. A lot of them offer coupons or free shipping on big items like rugs.
I hope these tips have helped! If you have any favorite tips we should know about share them in the comments section below. Now that we’ve moved the rug from the living room to the home office, I’ll be on the hunt too.
Here are a few we’re currently considering online…
If online rug shopping is not your jam but you love finding thrifted rugs at a great price, you can read a few tips on how to care for them by clicking here.
I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow. I still can’t believe how different the master bathroom looks and we didn’t DIY one single thing. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.