How to choose a cosy rug for your hardwood floor

You have made the big decision and have invested in a beautiful hardwood floor. It

You have made the big decision and have invested in a beautiful hardwood floor. It looks wonderful, feels fantastic on your feet and you are loving how easy it is to clean; however, there is something missing.

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Many people feel a room is not finished unless it has a cosy rug or two. Rugs can serve a multitude of purposes, depending on the type and the room. They could offer a comfy area in a living room where the children can play, an attractive focal point in a dining room, or provide a toasty place for your bare feet to land when getting out of bed.

Whatever the purpose, it is important to choose the right type of rug. This will not only depend on your budget – always buy the best rug you can afford is the best counsel – but also on what it is being used for and where it is placed.

Where is it going?

Aside from the price and size, the first important consideration when buying a rug is where it is for. Areas with high ‘traffic’ or footfall, or places where children and pets are likely to bring in mud and dirt, should only have rugs that are easy to clean; in these cases, steer away from high pile.

Bedrooms and little-used living rooms are ideal for shaggy rugs, which offer a more luxurious feel underfoot and are great for creating a warm, cosy atmosphere.

Rooms in which the area is going to get high use will do best with flat-weave rugs, which are more easily spot-cleaned and therefore more hardwearing. They are not as cosy as a shag pile rug, but will still provide somewhere soft for the children to play or the dog to sit.

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Other considerations

The size of the rug is, of course, a big consideration. According to HGTV, you should generally choose a rug at least two feet shorter than the smallest wall in the room. This will enable your stunning wooden floor to show, but still offer a well-covered space and give the room a pleasant balance.

Whether you are likely to move soon, how the rug feels and whether it fits your furniture are also factors to consider.