In the eyes of many homeowners, custom made rugs are an investment both visually and financially. Choosing the right type of rug for your home is as much about the way it looks as the way it feels underneath your feet – you don’t want to fork out hundreds or even thousands of dollars for something that looks nice but feels awful on your skin (or vice versa).
There are a number of things that you should consider when shopping or commissioning a custom made rug, including:
- What sort of lifestyle do you lead?
Are you constantly chasing dirty children and muddy pets throughout your house or are you always hosting dinner parties for your friends? It is unlikely that a white shag rug is going to work in the first example, but it will look right at home in the second.
- Where will the rug be located and what purpose will it serve?
Will it be the focal point of your formal living area or will it be a place for people to sit and play games in your rumpus room? It is unlikely that an expensive material will work in the second example, as it may become damaged, but it would be the perfect choice for the second.
- What is the overall style of your home?
It is important that you look to complement the style of your home – the rug doesn’t need to match everything in the room, but it should certainly work with the tones and textures of existing furnishings. This will prevent the floor covering from sticking out like a sore thumb.
- How easily can the rug be cleaned?
An expensive antique covering, for example, will require a professional clean at least once a year if placed in high-use rooms. Other materials are much more forgiving or can be cleaned within your home, which is a cheaper and easier option (no transportation needed).
- What feels best under your feet?
If you prefer a softer feel underfoot, you should opt for natural fibres (like wool and cotton). If you want a lush, deep pile on the other hand, you should opt for synthetic fibres. Organic fibres (like jute and sisal) are soft underfoot, but they don’t provide the same warmth that a woven rug will.
- Are you planning on moving in the future?
Moving home might mean that your commissioned rug does not work in the new space – it might be much too big (and folding it underneath itself is never a great style choice) or it might be much too small (and will look like a bathmat in comparison).
- How much are you willing to spend?
Spending a little bit more on a high-quality rug might be worth it in the long run, as it will last much longer and will exude an appearance of class and sophistication. Still, it is possible to find companies who can provide you with a floor covering within your budget.
By answering each of the above questions, you can rest assured that the custom made rug you have commissioned is the perfect complement for your home and space. Failing to answer even one of these questions could lead to the wrong choice, and you will forever be kicking yourself for not looking into the issue further (after all, these floor coverings don’t come cheap!).