Area rugs are more than just a decoration, they boast a whole range of benefits. If you’re thinking about investing in this type of rug for your space, check out these 6 benefits of area rugs for your home, to help you in making an informative decision!
1. Extra Comfort
If you have hard floors that are bare, having an area rug to break them up helps to provide a little comfort to you underfoot. Whether a lavish and thick pile to bounce on as you walk over it, or a rug with a shorter pile, having that bit of texture helps to introduce a little comfort to your floor space. Understanding rug pile will help you to choose the level of comfort you are looking for.
2. Added Warmth
With this comfort comes some extra warmth. If you don’t have underfloor heating, hard floors can be notoriously cold. Not only does this make you feel cold when walking across the room, but it also emanates cooler temperatures into the rest of your room. This is particularly the case with hardwood flooring, as heat can often escape between the cracks. Area rugs have a great insulating property that will feel much warmer to walk over. And the bigger the rug, the less cold flooring there is. This added insulation can contribute towards reducing the cost of heating your room.
3. Noise Reduction
Not only do area rugs feel great under your feet but they are also kinder to your ears. You may be pleasantly surprised at the difference an area rug can make to the sound of your living space and bedrooms. Carpets and area rugs are quieter to walk on, as well as absorbing the sound from the room, eradicating that slight echo from a hard surface room. For tips on how to choose the best area rug for your hardwood floor check out our previous blog.
4. Beneficial for Allergy Sufferers
It wasn’t until recently that people were aware of rugs and carpets being beneficial for allergy sufferers, the reasoning for how this works is simple; rugs trap allergens and prevent them from floating around the air for people to breathe in. To find out which rug material is best for allergy sufferers, check out our previous blog. Rugs are also easier to clean than hard floors! So, if you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, you might notice that the presence of an area rug helps to alleviate symptoms.
5. Better Grip
A large downside to hard flooring is the fact that it creates a slippery surface. This is dangerous for young children with little feet that love to run around the house, as it increases the likelihood of accidents happening. However, place an area rug with an anti-slip mat underneath onto your flooring, and you have a surface that feet can grip onto.
Area rugs are great for preventing unwanted furniture movement, providing a good surface to keep furniture firmly in place. Although make sure that the pile of your rug is suitable for your furniture; a thick pile can make it hard to balance light pieces of furniture on, such as side tables and floor maps. For heavy pieces of furniture that won’t topple over, such as sofas, a thick pile is fine.
6. Visual Benefits
Aside from all of the practical benefits, an area rug can be a decorative rug that really ties a space together. This can be done subtly with neutral colour tones, or you can make a statement with something bold and patterned. If your room is missing a little something, an area rug can fill in the gap nicely.
Area rugs can also help define the space within a room. For example, if you have a desk in your bedroom an area rug can be a great way to help you define your ‘working space’ from your ‘sleeping space’, by simply placing the area rug under your desk.
Equally, area rugs provide a unique way to reflect your personality within a room or your home and bring your style together. Area rugs are especially useful if you are in rented accommodation and would like to put your own stamp on the place, without completely redecorating. Instead of repainting the walls simply place a new area rug in your living room or bedroom to give the whole room a brand new feel. You can always find more handy interior design tips and tricks on our blog.
As you can see, there are many benefits of area rugs in your home that go beyond aesthetics, although style and appearance do help! Browse our wonderful range of rugs and use these helpful tips to choose the perfect area rug for your home.