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AREA RUGS ON CARPET

Placing area rugs on carpet (wall-to-wall) doesn't have to be challenging.  We have gathered some basic guidance on how to choose area rugs that will provide the most enjoyment for you and become essential elements of a harmonic balance in your home.

Of course, everyone's taste is different. If you love a rug that doesn't jive with our suggestions, you should go with your own gut feelings. These are just guidelines:

SOME REASONS FOR PLACING
AREA RUGS ON CARPET

There are some good reasons why you would choose to place area rugs over carpet:

  • You may be renting and the carpet is not the color or texture you would like with your furnishings or it may be showing signs of wear.

  • The wall-to-wall carpet in your home may have seen better days with spots and stains and wear but it may not be the right time to replace it.
  • Your space may need brightening and placing area rugs over carpet can bring new life into a room without totally redoing the décor.
  • You may have received or inherited an area rug and you may wonder how you can fit it into one of your living areas.

AREA RUGS ON CARPET OPTIONS

There is really no limit to the number of area rugs on carpet options. This also includes having a wall-to-wall carpet cut and seamed and made into a custom rug. (Our repair department at ABC can do this for you.)

There are, however, some special considerations you may want to heed when selecting area rugs to be placed over carpet.

TIPS FOR SELECTING
AREA RUGS ON CARPET

Of course, we know there are no ‘rules’ when it comes to personal choice or ‘gut feelings’ when choosing area rugs specifically for placing on carpet, but here are some tips that may help you to make your selection process a little easier: 

PATTERN

Generally speaking, when choosing an area rug, if the wall-to-wall carpet has a pattern, the area rug should not. A plain carpet can be layered with any kind of area rug with any kind of pattern.

TEXTURE

An area rug usually looks and works best over a short pile or a looped wall-to-wall carpet. If that is the case, a thick and luxurious shag area rug could add a sense of elegance to the area.

If the wall-to-wall carpet has a long pile, choose a Berber or woven rug since the area rug, even with a proper pad there may not be firm enough support and it may shift, wrinkle, or buckle.

SIZE

No matter whether an area rug is on top of a hard floor or a wall-to-wall carpet, it should be scaled to the size of the area. A large area will usually need a larger rug. If the area is unusually large, place 2 or more rugs on the carpet. If an area rug is touching furniture, it will generally look its best.

COLOR

To provide harmony to a room, the color of the area rug that is going to be placed over carpet should complement the color of the carpet (even if you hate the color of the carpet!)

AVOID A TRIPPING HAZARD

A proper rug pad should always be used under a rug, whether on a carpet or on a hard surface. There are different types of rug pads available for the different situations and we have them available in our cleaning plant or click here.

ABOVE ALL-HAVE FUN & CONTACT ABC IF YOU NEED HELP

The above tips are only meant to help. Feel free to disregard them. Whatever area rug you choose, you always have the option to change it easily if you are not happy with it and remember we are here at ABC to help with cleaning of your area rugs and wall-to-wall carpet.

We also sell rugs on consignment. If you really don’t like the looks of your area rug or are ready to make a change, visit our website or our office to sell or buy an area rug.

Feel free to browse through our articles on different types of rugs for more information as well.


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