Rugs are a worthy investment no matter who you are. A good rug protects your floors and elevates the style and comfort of your home. When preparing to purchase a new area rug for your space, there is a lot to take into consideration. With countless styles, shapes, sizes, colors, and materials to choose from, there are really no limits to where a new area rug can take the style of your space. If you dive into the nitty-gritty of rug shopping without a budget, it’s easy to get sticker shock. Luckily, we’ve got a few tips to help you find affordable rugs that fit your style.
Decide on a budget
The first thing you should do when shopping for affordable rugs is to figure out your budget. Keep in the mind the size and purpose of the rug you are purchasing. Don’t plan to spend much on a rug for your mudroom where there is heavy foot traffic and usually a smaller space that needs to be covered. On the other hand, you should plan to spend more on rug that is a focal point in a room, such as in a living room or a dining room, and also tends to be much larger.
Once you’ve figured out your new rug’s size requirements and purpose, look at different online stores to get a general idea of how much you would like to spend. Now that you have a budget in mind, you are ready to explore different style options and where those styles fall in your budget.
Finding the right style at the right price
At Rugs.com we have a huge selection of rugs in every style, shape, and size for just about any budget. To help get you started in finding the right rug for your price point, we have compiled a short list of luxurious rugs for those with a higher budget, and some budget-friendly alternatives for those who want to get the look without the price tag.
Choose affordable rug materials
While both rugs are relatively budget-friendly, the Infinity shag offers you a less expensive alternative to the Marilyn Monroe Shag, while still offering you a similar soft, thick pile! The key difference to consider is the backing. The Marilyn Monroe Shag collection features a cotton foundation that is soft, flexible, and easy to clean. The Infinity Shag collection, on the other hand, has a jute foundation that is more typical of machine-made rugs. The jute backing is stiffer and requires some specific attention when cleaning (read more in our cleaning guide), but also makes the Infinity collection much more affordable rugs. You can find similar savings by choosing inexpensive synthetic materials over natural fibers like wool which are more common in high-end rugs. Check out our guide to rug weaves and materials to make sure you’re getting the right materials for your home.
Machine-made reproductions of handmade designs
Although nothing beats the quality and luxury of a one-of-a-kind rug, something as pricey as this beautiful hand-knotted Nain rug isn’t within everybody’s budget. Machine-made rugs employing traditional designs are a great alternative for fashion-forward buyers looking for affordable rugs. As well as hand-knotted originals, Rugs.com sells several of these machine-made reproductions. In the case of Nain rugs, our Rabia Collection does an excellent job of bringing down the cost of timeless style. Although this machine-woven alternative differs from the quality of a unique hand-knotted rug, it is still incredibly durable, easy to clean, and high-quality in construction and appearance.
Layering vs. Single Rugs
If you love intricate hand-knotted rugs, but don’t love the price tag of a room-sized Persian rug, consider layering. Get the hand-knotted look for less by purchasing a smaller and more affordable hand-knotted rug and layer it over a Jute rug to add texture and style to your space! Or if you’re looking to splurge, there are a wide array of large hand-knotted rugs to choose from!
With this combination, you can get the elegant look of an Oriental rug in a 9′ x 12′ space for only $1,088.
Compared to a room-sized hand-knotted rug, layering is much more affordable.
The price is worth the payoff
No matter what rug you choose to buy, just know that you are making an investment to elevating the style of your home. With thousands of rugs of varying styles, colors, and sizes, Rugs.com is the one stop rug shop for any person with any range of budget.