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Shag Rugs Add Retro Style to Any Room

Shag Rugs Add Retro Style to Any Room

Shag rugs have made a comeback in a huge way. What was once thought of as a casualty of the 70s are now popular again because of solid manufacturing and quality materials. 



You might be unfamiliar with the shag rug resurgence, and that is okay. You may be wondering what types of shag rugs are available, where they work best in the home, and how to care for a shag rug?


Below we will discuss the many benefits and different varieties of shag rugs available on the market today.


Bring comfort to the bedroom with a thick pile shag rug

Kids Room Rug

A plush, machine-made thick pile shag rug is the perfect landing spot for your feet each morning as you step out of bed. Naturally, most shag rugs are “high pile” rugs. High pile means the length of the fibers that make up the rug are longer than your typical short pile rug. This is also what gives these rugs their shaggy look. 


What determines a shag rug’s plushness is the thickness or density of the pile. Thick pile rugs that have longer fibers (between 2 and 2.5 inches) are perfect for the bedroom. Position this rug directly by your bed so you can avoid the cold floor and have a nice cushion for your feet every morning.


*Please remember to anchor your shag rug under the legs of your bed or use a rug pad underneath to prevent slippage. 


Use short pile shag rugs in your living room for convenient comfort

zermatt collection rug

High pile shag rugs are perfect for your bedroom because you will mostly be walking on them with bare feet. That is not the case in your living room, so you should try a shorter pile shag rug instead. 


Short pile shag rugs are typically 1, 1.25, and 1.5 inches in length. It is important to buy a shag rug for the living room that is made from good stain-resistant materials like polypropylene and polyester. We will discuss shag rug maintenance later, but prevention of permanent stains from spills with stain-resistant materials should always be considered. 


These short pile shag rugs are the perfect place for your kids to sprawl out in front of their favorite Youtube shows or for your family to gather under a big blanket for movie night. Not only are these rugs stylish and colorful, they add practical comfort to your living room as well. 


Be careful not to use shag rugs in high traffic areas of your home


One thing that shag rugs do not do is handle dirt and soiling very well. This doesn’t mean that they are high maintenance, it just means that they will not perform well in high traffic areas like hallways and kitchens. 


It is also important to remember that dust can get easily trapped between the rugs long fibers. This means that shag rugs aren’t the best for pets, especially those with a thicker pile. 


Be sure to always follow the manufacturer’s label when it comes to caring for your shag rug. rugs.com has a wonderful customer service team that can answer any questions you may have about the care of shag rugs. 


Regular cleaning will preserve the life of your shag rug


A common misconception about shag rugs is that they are difficult to clean. Some shag rugs can be difficult to clean if they are used improperly in the home or cleaned with the incorrect tools.


Many of today’s vacuums come with high pile settings and attachments that will allow you to easily clean and maintain your shag rugs. There are also some retro rug cleaning procedures that you can “dust off” as long as we are going back in time. 


Here are a few tips that you can use to keep your shag rugs clean and healthy: 


Vacuum regularly

  • Many vacuums come with a “high pile” setting to avoid damage to the rug
  • If your vacuum doesn’t work on your shag rug, try using one of the included attachments
  • Be gentle when vacuuming any thick or high pile rug


Retro hand-cleaning


  • Some shags simply cannot be vacuumed, so you will need to drape them over a railing or a clothesline outside
  • Gently beat your rug so that all of the dust and debris is loosed from the fibers
  • Leave your shag rug outside for a few hours so that the sun can kill any bacteria or mites that might be between the fibers


Enjoy the cozy comfort shaggy rugs will bring to your home


It should be obvious by now why shag rugs have become popular again. Gone are the terrible colors and poorly manufactured styles (thank goodness!). Today, shag rugs are well manufactured and built to last. They come in a wonderful variety of sizes, shapes, and colors that will fit any decorating style. 


One more quick note about safety: Please use a rug pad underneath any shag rug, or properly anchor it under furniture. 


rugs.com has the variety of styles and colors of shag rugs that will fit any home. They have high quality thick pile rugs for your bedroom and comfy short pile shag rugs that are perfect for your living room. 


Are you ready to add some retro style to your home with a shag rug? Call rugs.com today or visit their website. Customer service agents are available 24/7. And don’t forget to tag us on Instagram when you show off your new rug @Rugsdotcom! 


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