Now that the weather’s getting colder keeping your home cosy is at the top of your priority list. Rugs are an effective answer – especially for those of us with hard flooring – but they can also be laid over fitted carpet too.
1. Noise Reduction
A rug can significantly decrease the noise in your space. Not only is carpet quieter to walk on than a hard surface floor, but it also absorbs sound from the air. Does your room with hard flooring has a slight echo? That is because the hard surface floor does not absorb sound in the same way that carpet does. Put a rug in the room and listen to the difference.
Carpet is a lot softer than hard flooring, and most people will agree with the statement that it’s also more comfortable to stand on than hard flooring too. Not only does the carpet feel softer to the skin, but its flexibility allows the carpet to absorb some of the impact from your footsteps. This literally takes some of the pressure off your body.
For most people with hard flooring, the idea of carpeting your home just for the winter months just isn’t practical. However, a good rug can be an affordable alternative that works just as well and looks just as good! In addition a rug can have greater insulating value, especially if it has a pad underneath it. These can also help against the rug slipping as well as with insulation.
Any interior designer will tell you that placing a rug in the room can help the space to feel grounded. When properly placed, a rug can help anchor the furniture in a room, which helps to create a cosy and more intimate space. For example, a living room or family room rug should be large enough that the main pieces of furniture (sofa, chair, coffee table) are all sitting on the rug, or at minimum have the front legs on the rug. Without the rug, it can feel as though the furniture is ‘floating’ in the room.
So how do you pick the right one?
1 – size of your rug
Measure the space. If you want the rug for a particular use – such as in the hall as a runner, or in front of the fireplace – it will have to be a specific size. If you want the rug to fit inside a room then you have more leeway. Bear in mind that the more floor that is not covered by a rug, the more heat can be lost through the floor which is not cost effective for your heating bill. Having a rug that covers a lot of floor is essential to keeping your home warmer in winter.
2 – your rug material
You wouldn’t wear a t-shirt when it’s snowing, so why get a thin rug in the winter. Making sure that your rug has a dense pile is great for winter. The more fibres the rug has, the more warm air it will trap and ultimately keep you home warm. if the rug is for a high-traffic area, such as a hall-runner, then choose a shorter and more hardwearing pile.
We would recommend a mixture of wool and man-made material to ensure the least amount of shedding from your rug. The man-made material from the rug can also help it keep its shape and become slightly more durable – perfect for the main room of the house!
Both our Worthing and Storrington stores have a wide selection in stock and can also order in even more, just talk our friendly award-winning team and let them guide you to the right choice for your home.