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How To Find Cheap Contemporary Area Rugs Online

Contemporary Area Rug, Home Dynamix Catalina - BlackAs any good decorator is aware, a contemporary area rug in just the right place will pull together the room decor like no other item.

Area rugs act as the linchpin for your entire décor, but a good contemporary rug has to be more than beautiful. It has to be able to stand up to heavy traffic, be easy to clean, and be slip-resistant on even the shiniest hardwood floors.

For some people, shopping online is still an iffy proposition. Many people feel that they need to touch a rug to get a feel of whether or not it is what they are looking for. While this attitude is understandable, it can be very limiting in your choice, and expensive.

Here are a few tips for finding cheap contemporary rugs online:

When you shop online for contemporary area rugs, you should look for several things.

First off, unless you are looking for one-of-a-kind handmade rugs, look for brand names you trust. It won’t matter where you buy the rug if you are looking for your favorite brand.

You also need to look for and read the entire return policy, just in case the rug you ordered turns out to be different in some way from the one you receive.

Also, if the site you are shopping on has a comment section, make sure you read the comments and take them into consideration. They can be quite insightful when it comes to measuring a company’s customer service and quality.

Personally, I find Amazon has an excellent range of area rugs and they are a trusted supplier.

Why the Internet?

If you have only shopped for items such as contemporary rugs in stores, shopping online may be a bit daunting at first, but there are so many benefits to online shopping. Once you start, you will likely be hooked for life.

First off, the selection found in online rug shopping is unsurpassed. Not even the largest outlet store has as many contemporary area rugs as you can find on just a handful of websites.

Since many of these online retailers and wholesalers don’t have brick and mortar stores, their overhead costs are significantly less than what you would find elsewhere, which means they can pass the savings on to you.

Finally, many online retailers that sell large items such as contemporary area rugs will have discounted shipping rates that keep their prices competitive against even the most aggressive sale. The question shouldn’t be “why the Internet” but “why not the Internet.”

How to find online suppliers of Contemporary Area Rugs:

Now that you know the advantages of shopping online for area rugs, you need to find the right storefronts.

First, start by asking your more web-savvy friends for any shops they frequent. You can also use one of the many search engines such as Google or Yahoo for suggestions.

If you live outside of the United States, make sure you use your home country name in the search field to help keep shipping costs down. There are a million and one area rug values online; you simply have to track them down.



How to Stop Your Rug from Sliding on the Floor

Premium Lock Non slip padThrow rugs are a great way to add a little bit of style to a bare linoleum or tile floor and area rugs can add warmth and tone to any home.

Placed next to a door they will help keep the floors clean.   You can find everything from a tight weave welcome mat to the most luxurious of Persian rugs. One thing you have to look out for though is those rugs slipping out from under you when you step on them. That’s why it’s so important to stop your rug from sliding on the floor.

If you’re shopping for a throw rug then one solution is to find one with a rubber backing similar to what you would find on a bath mat. This will keep the rug firmly in place.

If you already have a favorite rug but want to keep it fixed firmly to the floor then you can always try sewing a piece of non skid to the underside of the rug.  All you need to do is pick a thread that matches the rug color and throw a couple stitches to it.

If you don’t want to sew in a piece of non skid padding you can always apply a little bit of rubber cement to the underside of the rug. Let it dry and then put the rug back down on the floor. Be sure to use the glue sparingly so it doesn’t soak through to the visible side of the rug.

Also available to you is the Premium Lock Rug Pad for hard wood floor surfaces. This places a piece of padding between the floor and rug.  Place it in the desired location and then put the rug on top of it.

The Benefits of Wool Rugs

pinzon-hand-tufted-kimono-wool-rugWhen you’re choosing a new rug there are all sorts of things to consider. Price, quality, and style are of course the biggest concerns.

But what if you could get all three and also be a bit more environmentally friendly.

Have you considered wool?

Read on for the benefits of wool rugs.

  • Price: Wool rugs are more expensive than conventional ones. But that price is offset by their durability. Wool wears better and lasts much longer than synthetic fabrics.  It will stand up to heavy floor traffic almost on a level with commercial hotel grade carpets but without that industrial look.
  • Quality: Wool is a much better choice than synthetic. By the fabric’s very nature it feels better than any synthetic could.  You pay a bit more but get tons more from it.
  • Style: Wool patterns can be found in any print or color just like a normal commercial carpet. Choosing wool doesn’t pigeonhole you.

So wool and regular carpet look like they’re about the same choice based on the normal consumer concerns. Wool excels since it’s more eco-friendly than commercial grade carpet.

Wool is a natural sustainable resource. It won’t need all the energy to process like a commercial regular carpet would.

Also, wool is a natural fire retardant. So, you don’t have a bunch of nasty chemicals added to it to keep it from going up in flames. Once again less chemical processing is better for the environment not to mention your health.

The benefits of wool rugs far outweigh their synthetic counterparts.  The price is comparable when you figure in how durable wool is. The quality of wool is top notch.  When you consider how much better wool is for the environment than commercial grade carpet then there really is no reason not to choose wool the next time you’re looking to change the look of a room.


Why You Should Choose Eco-Friendly Rugs

There are all sorts of toxins in your home. Chances are you try and eliminate them and live healthy. Believe it or not your carpet can be a huge source of toxins. Why should you choose eco-friendly rugs? Your health and less environmental impact.

What is an eco-friendly rug though? Simply put it’s a rug made using natural material and limited processing chemicals. Normal rugs are harsh on not just you but the environment. It takes a lot of petroleum to produce synthetic materials. This leads to higher carbon emissions, which could contribute to global warming.

An eco-friendly rug is made using low impact sustainable fibers such as bamboo and wool.

If you shop around you can find eco-friendly rugs that costs only a little bit more than the synthetic ones.

While protecting the environment is a noble concern. Protecting your health is more practical. The harsh chemicals used in processing normal commercial rugs can give off volatile organic compounds. These VOC’s have been linked to a slew of health problems such as asthma, sick building syndrome and cancer. So if you can eliminate them from your house why wouldn’t you?

Another health issue is sensitive skin. Eco-friendly rugs by their nature use less processing chemicals.  This can reduce the chance for rashes and hives for someone with sensitive skin. You can find hypoallergenic eco-friendly rugs to reduce any risk of an adverse reaction.

These are just a couple reasons why you should choose eco-friendly rugs. Your health is the most important thing you have. At the same time you can reduce your carbon footprint and help save the environment. If you shop around you can find rugs that are comparable in price to commercial ones. They’re available in the same great styles and colors. So why not shop around and find the right one for you.

Dorm life is dirty life. Let’s face it college kids aren’t known for their cleanliness. Heck how cluttered was your kid’s room before he headed off to school?

Well if you want to at least keep one area of the room reasonably clean then you need to figure out how to choose an appropriate dorm room rug.

Durability is a big concern. Heck you might be better off getting outdoor carpet that could be hosed off. Granted it’s not that attractive a look for a dorm. So ruling that option out look for a carpet that has a stain guard on it, a LOT of stain guard.

Color is the next choice. Look for something that’s going to hide stains. Normally the darker the better is a good rule of thumb. Black though can show dust and dirt.  Dark blues and greens work well for camouflaging all the dirt in a college dorm.

The next thing you’ll want is a patterned carpet. The more dense the pattern the less it will show dirt. Even though the rug hasn’t been vacuumed in six months doesn’t mean it has to look like it. A tight interwoven pattern can hide crumbs, chips and of course pencil shavings from all that studying.

If you’re just picking out a throw rug then you might as well get one that’s washable. That way when your kid comes home to do laundry you can wash the rug out at the same time.

So there you go, a few tips on how to choose a dorm room rug. Look for a dark carpet with a tight interwoven pattern. Make sure it’s stain repellent as well. On the bright side the carpet only needs to last four years. Almost anything you find at the store should hold up to abuse for that short of time.

Hints & Tips on Caring for Your Area Rug

org-nuance-lavarBuying a good quality rug for your home is a great investment that will last for many years providing it is looked after correctly. One of the advantages of buying a rug as opposed to wall-to-wall carpet is that you can take the rug with you if and when you move house.

Cleaning your rug yourself is an option but if you have a hand-woven or an expensive rug it is probably best to leave it in the hands of professionals.

Vacuum your rug as required and ensure that you vacuum under the rug as dust and dirt accumulates underneath. Avoid using the beater bar of the vacuum on the fringes as they can easily be pulled loose.

premium-lock-rug-padUse a broom to dislodge the dirt or depending on the size of the rug, simply take the rug outside and shake it well. There are times when no amount of vacuuming appears to revive your rug; then it is time to have it professionally cleaned.

To prolong the life of your rug, purchase rug pads to cushion your rugs and provide a softer base to walk on. Rug pads also provide a means of preventing the rug from slipping, particularly on hard wood floors.Just following a few basic steps will keep your rug looking pristine.

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