Picking out anything online can be difficult. Things like rugs, bedspreads, and art tat are a big focal points of the room are even harder. Buying something online comes with the usual big risk – will it even look the same as it does in the picture?
I’m staying with a friend right now who recently purchased a rug. We spent an hour looking at rugs on amazon… you can get lost on that website. And we finally picked one out that we thought was really cool. Fast forward two days later (thanks Amazon Prime) and the rug had arrived. I wasn’t around when the rug was rolled out but I walked in a few hours later and immediately thought “what is this?” It looked completely different than the picture. It was lighter and the abstract pattern didn’t look as blended as the photo. It wasn’t terrible, but it definitely wasn’t the same.
So I was thinking to myself, how do you even shop for a rug online?
Compliment existing style
You don’t need to buy the rug from the store but grabbing your pillowcase off your couch, bed or whatever room it’s going in and taking it to a physical store to compare will help the process. The reason so many people buy online is because the selection is greater. So if you go to a store and don’t see anything you like, at least you’ll have an idea of what some colors look with your current furnishing. It’ll give you a jumping point for finding the perfect fit. And who knows, maybe you’ll find something you like and not even need to order online.
The key to a rug looking good is getting one that’s big enough. The key is that you want to keep at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed by the rug’s edges. A bigger rug makes the room look bigger. A small rug makes it look like you’re squeezing everything on to i because you don’t have enough space. It’s an eye trick but it’s an important one.
We all want to save money but when it comes to something that will get so much use, don’t buy too cheap. The cheaper the rug, the quicker it deteriorates. There’s really no hiding it when it comes to rugs because it’s all in the material. A cheap rug may look fine at first but after a few weeks with your dog rolling all over it, it’s going to look raggedy. Look for good quality natural materials such as wool and silk. A high-quality wool rug will wear well and even look better over time.
Some rugs lend themselves better to being made inexpensively than others. Although there are cheap Persian rugs available, you’re more likely to find a cheap sisal rug that still looks good than an attractive cheap carpet. If you have a rustic-style or contemporary-style home, a natural-fiber rug will blend right in.
Know where to buy
Start by shopping with your eyes — not your wallet — so you know what you want. Look in high-end magazines for ideas about what great interiors have on their floors. If it’s an antique it will be very expensive, but there are probably contemporary versions of the same rug.
Buying on Amazon produced a bad result for my friend. But that’s not always the case, you need to pay attention to who makes the rug. Amazon has some great retailers that put their products there, just keep an eye out on who that is. Ebay is also a great place for rugs as long as you make sure the condition is excellent. Some people buy rugs online and find they don’t fit their aesthetic and then sell them on Ebay brand new. So you can get some good deals.
Also, department stores have a huge markup so avoid those if you want to go on the cheaper side. Although you can find some good deals at places like Homegoods, Target, World Market, etc.
Don’t rush the process. Rugs are a large focal point in your house so you don’t want to jump the gun and just buy something to have it. Shop around at a few places and once you find the rug you like just Google the name of it and see if you can’t find it elsewhere for a cheaper price.