Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Whether it's a cotton bathroom mat, a zen bamboo rug for accentuating the feng shui, a modern gray polyester rug or a retro-style leather rug, choosing the right rug is not only a matter of taste. It should also take into consideration the required maintenance, color, shape, size, intended use and specific room of the house.
- Carpeting for stairs
- Decorative rug
Characteristics of rugs
Stair treads primarily play a decorative role by embellishing any staircase, all the while enhancing the home's overall decor. Offering a variety of advantages, this type of rug also increases safety thanks to its anti-slip surface. In case of falls, it can also effectively absorb the impact. In addition, stair dreads muffles noise, especially in the case of wooden staircases, and avoids any chilly, cold floors, thus ensuring a warm comfortable feel under your feet.
These rugs can be installed in any room of the house, be it the living room, hallway, bedrooms or office. Available in different shapes, different rugs have wildly different features, and can be either sober or bright colors.
Natural materials: cotton, leather, bamboo, sisal, rush
Synthetic materials: polypropylene, acrylic, polyester, viscose
These materials are easy to maintain, resistant and antistatic. Viscose rugs are not ideal for high traffice areas as they wear down very quickly. On top of all the advantages they present, synthetic materials are actually cheaper than natural materials.
For standard sized staircases, it's relatively easy to find matching treads, as manufacturers generally offer them in widths ranging from 50 to 120 cm. Any custom-made staircase also implies a custom-made carpet. No matter what the size, you should always make sure to leave around 10 cm of uncovered space on the outer sides of the stair tread.
Decorative rugs can literally take any dimension, depending on if it's for a hallway or a living room. Either 2 x 3 m, 2 x 2 m, 1.70 x 2.40 m or 1.20 x 1.70 m: rugs are available in a multitude of dimensions to be able to more easily conform to your home's decor.
Dimensions and material of rugs, by room
Dimensions of the carpet in cm
Room of the house
50 x 80; 45 x 90
150 x 60; 90 x 120
160 x 230; 120 x 170
To ensure that your rug will perfectly correspond to the rest of the décor, select a model that is adapted to the house's overall style. Red or black, taupe or salmon, striped or Aztec patterns, a variety of styles and colors are available. A rug's shape should also be defined according to the house's interior dimensions, the specific room where it will go and most importantly, your personal tastes!
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Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 187 guides
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