Buyers Guide

You will have probably seen that rugs come in a vast range of prices, so how do you know which rug to buy and which rugs offer you the best value for money? This Buyers Guide will help you find the rug to suit your requirements and decide between spending more or saving money. One thing we can tell you is that when it comes to rugs, spending more money will save you money. The phrase “You get what you pay for” could not be more true.

Here are the main factors that you should probably consider before making that final purchase:-

What do you want from your rug?

As an example, the overall difference between a rug costing £1000 and a rug costing just £200 is simply quality. More expensive rugs will be rich in colour as well as lush and sumptuous in texture. Low cost rugs will fade as well as shed their fibres easily and much more quickly. However, there are some exceptions whereby the rug can shed for just a short period of time. Cheaper rugs also need replacing far more frequently.

In the vast majority of cases, buying a good quality rug is a good investment for your home. High quality rugs can last you anything from a decade to a lifetime, depending upon the cost and if you are prepared to really splash out, it is possible to land yourself an investment with a return on your money. Rugs are like art. You can resell a quality rug and retain much of the original value. As long as they are properly looked after, they can even be passed down as a family heirloom.

How long do you plan to live in your current home?

Have you thought about how long you plan to live in your current home or stay in your current workplace? In both cases, if you are not planning on staying there long, you may prefer to go with a less expensive rug. However, if you plan on staying there more permanently, it makes much more sense to invest in a quality rug.

Which room do you want to put your rug in?

You have probably already thought about where you wish to place your rug before you even visited this website. This is an important factor in making your decision on which rug or even what type of rug to go for.

Ask yourself if there is likely to be a lot of foot traffic in this room. We can most likely assume that your hallway will get a lot more traffic than most rooms as people walk from room to room. Your rug would certainly get worn down with a lot of heavy use, so you may decide that this isn’t the place to put a more expensive rug.  

Other important factors worth thinking about are whether you have a no shoes policy in your home? Is your lifestyle likely to affect the lifetime of your rug? Your living room or bedroom may well be the best rooms for an investment rug. All these factors need to be considered.

Do you have kids or pets?

This is always going to be an important factor in your decision. Kids or pets are prone to making a mess which, according to some, means that it makes more sense to buy a less expensive rug and you won’t miss a cheaper rug if it gets ruined. In fact, on the contrary, this will probably cost you more in the long term as cheaper rugs are made of materials that absorb stains easily and fall apart much more quickly.

Therefore, investing in, for example, a high quality sturdy rug that is easy to clean and is made of natural fibres, makes a lot more sense than buying a cheaper rug that needs replacing every few months. High quality rugs won’t get destroyed in an instant and are resilient to the messes made by children or pets. They are also easy to clean.

Also worth noting is that cheap rugs are often made of synthetic materials that can be potentially toxic. If you have a child who is at the “terrible twos” age or just trying to crawl or walk, investing in a high quality rug will protect them from toxic substances and fire retarding chemicals.

We do hope that this guide helps you to determine which rug is best suited to your requirements, lifestyle and budget. However, should you require any further assistance, please don't hesitate to use our Live Chat service, email us or pick up the telephone. That is what we are here for.