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Decorating Your Houston Rental Property: Tips for Buying Rugs

Houston Renters Rolling Out a New RugYour Houston rental home deserves nothing less than the perfect rug. And yet, there are a few things to consider when choosing and buying rugs. You have to make many decisions, from the size of the rug, the materials it’s made out of, to the colors of the rug. This could make the rug-buying process a bit more daunting. But it doesn’t need to be. A few tips can easily help you determine which rug best suits your rental home.

Choose the Right Size and Shape

What rug shape should you choose? What size do you need? The most important detail you really need to take note of is the size of the rug — it has to fit inside your space perfectly. If the rug is small, it might make your space look empty. Too large, and the area will look like it’s too cramped. To find out what size and shape rug you need, measure the space. It’s never a bad thing to leave visible space between the wall and the rug on all sides. This is significant when looking for a runner or other walkway rug.

Choosing rugs for other rooms is more tricky. However, there are key things you should take note of. For living rooms, measure the seating area and choose a rug that will be big enough to place at least the front legs of your furniture on it. For dining areas, make sure the rug is big enough to hold both the table and the chairs while allowing room for someone to sit comfortably without the chair legs falling off the rug. Round tables can be placed on round rugs to give it that nice symmetrical look. Bedroom rugs can be any shape; just make sure they’re big enough under the bed, and big enough to have space around it to walk on all sides.

Choosing Material and Weave

When you’re done finalizing the size and shape, you can start thinking about what kind of material and weave you want. Rugs can be made from many materials, from synthetic fibers and artificial silks to natural fibers and wool. If durability is what you’re after in a rug, synthetic fibers are the way to go. But, if you want luxury, a silk or wool rug will do the trick. Each of these materials also tends to come in various weaves, from low-pile rugs that are essentially flat to high-pile or plush rugs that can feel soft as a cloud under your feet. As far as weave goes, it’s all really up to you and your taste.

Color and Pattern

It can be very difficult to choose the color and pattern of a rug. This is because oftentimes, the color of your rug can set the tone for the entire room. To choose a color and pattern, consider your options in light of what belongings you already have. If you have a lot of color and pattern in your furniture and other décor items, consider choosing a rug with a neutral color or subtle pattern to pull the room together. But, you can also go with a colorful rug to brighten up the space, especially if your furniture is neutral.

Function and Maintenance

And, don’t forget to get rugs for specific purposes. Knowing what each is for will allow you to know what type of cleaning and maintenance each rug will need. Though expensive, there are rugs that don’t need to be replaced often. As such, find a rug that best fits your lifestyle and your ability to maintain it. A luxurious rug can serve your space well, as long as it’s not in a high-traffic area. And, never forget to get a rug pad to keep those rugs in place. Loose rugs can lead to falls and injuries. Don’t forget the issue of safety while looking for rugs, as well.


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