how to choose the right rug

Step 1- Choose your shape and measurements

Not a stylist? No problem. From rugs for your living room and hallway to adding some cosiness to your bedrooms, we break down the essentials to help you find the perfect fit. Let’s start with the measurements of your rug:

 

Big Space? Spacious rug

 

For large rooms with furniture placed in the centre, the carpet should be spacious enough to place your furniture on top of it, so it can connect it all. This way you have your own cosy island. Ideally, you’ll have 20 cm of rug visible behind the furniture.

If your sofa and chairs are up against the wall, your rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all pieces.

 

Smaller room? Center it

When you have a somewhat smaller room to decorate, you can place a smaller rug in the center of your seating area, to add color, design or softness. Make sure you place all furniture on an even distance to create consistency.

 

Dining room

For the dining space, the choice is yours; you can place all the furniture on your carpet or just your dining table.  The best size under a dining table is about 60-70 cm wider all round and in proportion to the table, accommodating chairs when people are seated.

Do you have a round table? Beautiful. Place a round rug under it to accentuate the shape and design.

 

Bedroom

Yes, a rug in your bedroom is a great idea! To create a soft, warm place from which to step in and out of bed or to add some color and brightness to your room.  We suggest to keep bedside tables off the rug to highlight the floor and keep that spacious feeling.

For a more luxurious look, place a large carpet underneath the bed with a generous amount visible at the foot and sides. Extend the rug from the bottom 2/3 of the bed, that should do the trick.

 

Kids Bedroom

What works for your living areas, works even better for Juniors room! A rug adds color, softness and some spark, making the room immediately their own.

Tuck the rug slightly under the bed to ensure little feet can find it easily. In a shared bedroom, place the rug between the beds to visually connect them and create a central play space. Smaller round rugs work well in nurseries under or next to cribs or make smaller spaces feel intimate and playful.

 

Step 2 - What material works for you?

25hands makes rugs of various materials. But what material should you choose for your rug?

First of all, determine the use of the rug. Will it be in a space where there is a lot of traffic, like a hallway or a living room? These areas need a rug of more durable material. If you are looking for a rug for your bedroom, you might prefer a softer material. Will it be used in a room where there are pets as well?  We got you covered with materials that are easy to clean.  

See below the materials we use for our rugs and the pros and cons of each. As you know, 25hands only uses natural materials and all rugs are handmade.

If you would rather get some expert advice on which material you should choose, please click here.

 

Flat weave cotton rug ‘Lotus’

Cotton

Cotton is a very commonly used material for rugs. We use it to make flat-weave rugs such as dhurries and kilims. These type of rugs are completely flat (so no pile) and are quite sturdy, making them ideal for any room. Flat weave cotton rugs are very popular, since they can be made in various colors and patterns.

Shuttle weave

We also use cotton to make shuttle weave rugs; these types of rugs are more loose woven and therefor a bit softer. Generally, they are more affordable but also more sensitive to high traffic. Cotton is easy to clean and less heavy than wool.

Shuttle weave cotton rug

Shuttle weave

We also use cotton to make shuttle weave rugs; these types of rugs are more loose woven and therefor a bit softer. Generally, they are more affordable but also more sensitive to high traffic. Cotton is easy to clean and less heavy than wool.

Woolen Sucre rug

Wool

Wool is a common material for rugs, it is prized for its durability and softness. In colder climates it gives the room warmth, in warmer climates it can be cool.

As woollen rugs are strong and stain repellent, they are ideal for in living rooms, dining rooms and rooms with high traffic.

Note that wool absorbs humidity, so it is not ideal for damp spaces. It can also be subject to fading when placed in too much direct sunlight.

Natural fibers

Natural fibers are plant based fibers, such as hemp, sisal, seagrass, water hyacinth or jute. They can be dyed in any color. Because of their natural look, a natural rug fits almost every room and style. Besides that, they are very durable, so ideal for busy households with small children or pets.  

Rugs made of natural fibers don’t give the same physical warmth as a woven rug. But they can be surprisingly soft underfoot. They are usually very affordable, but can be difficult to clean.

Jute rug

Natural fibers

Natural fibers are plant based fibers, such as hemp, sisal, seagrass, water hyacinth or jute. They can be dyed in any color. Because of their natural look, a natural rug fits almost every room and style. Besides that, they are very durable, so ideal for busy households with small children or pets.  

Rugs made of natural fibers don’t give the same physical warmth as a woven rug. But they can be surprisingly soft underfoot. They are usually very affordable, but can be difficult to clean.

Step 3- Pick a pattern that suits you

Take a look at your room to decide on what it needs the most. Would you like it to give it a boost or be more significant?  Use a colorful patterned rug. It will go well with the basics in your furniture. But if your furniture stands out a lot or you just like it all a bit more quiet and neutral, solid colors or a natural carpet might more be your thing. For some inspiration, take a look at our latest projects.

Step 4- Keeping your rug in place

For all hard, smooth surfaces, we recommend a non-slip rug pad, or underlay, to make sure your rug doesn’t slide from under you. This also provides extra comfort. Soft, smaller rugs especially benefit from this. Larger, more heavy rugs usually do not need an underlay.

You can use a loose rug pad. In that case, make sure that it is cut approximately 5 cm smaller than the rug size on all sides. Ensure that your floor is dry and free from dust or grease and place the underlay on the floor in the position where you need your rug. Carefully roll the rug out on top of the underlay, and enjoy it right away.

 

Cleaning and caring 

Rugs are easy to clean and require minimal maintenance. The secret to keeping a rug in good condition is to vacuum it regularly and to clean spillages before they dry.

If you get mud on your carpet, it is usually best to allow it to dry and then gently brush if off, followed by thorough vacuuming. We do not recommend high temperature steam cleaning as this can shrink or expand the rug fibres. For larger soiled areas please refer to a specialist carpet cleaner.

If you have a spill or stain, please attend to it as quickly as possible to minimise the risk of permanent damage. Usually a bit of (wool/ delicate wash) detergent with water does the trick. Make sure you use a colourfast (white) cloth. Check the label for wash recommendations. When unsure or in case of larger stained areas, always check with a professional carpet cleaner.

Threads popping out of your rug is a normal process for both handmade and machine made rugs, as the rug settles on your floor. Don’t pull them out but trim these pop outs or push them back. Over time pop outs should occur less and less.  

Pilling can sometimes occur with woollen rugs. It is not considered a manufacturer’s defect, but a characteristic that most natural materials have. If pilling occurs, you can reduce it by treating the rug: after vacuuming your rug, use scissors or a shaver to remove the fibre balls. Make sure you don’t damage the construction of the rug underneath.